Course detail

Fluid Power

FSI-MIMAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course provides students with basic knowledge in the field of fluid power - hydraulic and pneumatic mechanisms which are a part of many modern machines and equipment. It contains the basic theoretical knowledge, description of the most important hydraulic elements, hydraulic drives, introduction to the design of hydraulic circuits and to maintenance and diagnostics. It describes the pneumatic elements, circuits, basic theory, as well as the application in the field of pneumatic mechanisms.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to design hydraulic and pneumatic generators and motors and the other basic elements, as well as basic circuits.


Necessary knowledge: differential and integral calculus, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, gas mechanics, numerical mathematics, computer programming.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

PIVOŇKA, Josef. Tekutinové mechanismy. Praha: SNTL, 1987.
KOPÁČEK, Jaroslav. Pneumatické mechanismy. Žilina: Vysoká škola dopravy a spojov v Žiline, 1991. ISBN 80-710-0057-4.
PEŇÁZ, Václav a Dušan BENŽA. Tekutinové mechanismy. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 1990. Učební texty vysokých škol (Vysoké učení technické v Brně). ISBN 80-214-0082-X.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions - sufficient attendance and running knowledge of the subject-matter.
Examination requirements - course-unit credit,knowledge of the subject-matter and ability to apply it to the given examples. The exam has a written and an oral part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the subject is to provide students with basic knowledge in the field of fluid power mechanisms. This concerns both elements of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and the whole circuits.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is checked and an possible (limited) absence may be compensated for via by additional tasks.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-FLI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Fluid power mechanisms - introduction.
2. Basic theoretical knowledge.
3. Hydraulic mechanisms elements.
4. Pumps, motors.
5. Control elements of hydraulic mechanisms.
6. Hydraulic transmissions.
7. Introduction to hydraulic circuits design.
8. Operation, maintenance and diagnostics of hydraulic circuits.
9. Pneumatic mechanisms - classification and properties.
10. Basic theory of pneumatic mechanisms.
11. Elements of pneumatic mechanisms.
12. Pneumatic motors calculation.
13. Pneumatic circuits control.

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Pressure losses calculations.
2. Volume losses calculations.
3. Hydraulic circuit heat relations computation.
4. Laboratory tests - hydraulic stand.
5. Gear pump - design calculation.
6. Axial piston pump - design calculation.
7. Radial piston pump - design calculation.
8. Hydraulic cylinder - design calculation.
9. Gas state equation for the ideal gas.
10. Gas accumulator computation.
11. Application of the gas state equation for the ideal gas and a real gas.
12. Use of compressed air in pneumatic motors.
13. Laboratory tests - pneumatic stands.