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Fundamentals of Fluid Power

COURSE NO: M04-050
Fundamentals of Fluid Power
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the fluid power of pumped or compressed fluids which generate force and motion in different types of mechanisms. 


Fluid power is a term that describes the generation, control, and application of smooth, effective power of pumped or compressed fluids (either liquids or gases) to provide force and motion to mechanisms. This force and motion may be in the form of pushing, pulling, rotating, regulating, or driving. Fluid power includes hydraulics and pneumatics, which involve liquids and gases, respectively.


The extensive use of hydraulics and pneumatics to transmit power is due to the fact that properly constructed fluid power systems possess a number of favorable characteristics as they eliminate the need for complicated systems and provide a smooth, flexible, uniform action without vibration, and without being affected by variations of load. Moreover, fluid power systems offer a favorable and an economical operation, covering wide ranges of motion and requiring minimal need for hand control.


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical and civil engineers who are interested in learning more about fluid power systems, the operation of its components and the general principles which are common to all physical mechanisms.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the fundamentals of fluid power
  • Learning about the states of matter and the factors affecting them
  • Understanding the characteristics and behavior of fluids at rest and in motion
  • Understanding the operating characteristics and component functions of basic fluid power systems
  • Exploring various types of hydraulic liquids, their particular uses and characteristics
  • Gaining a general overview of the operating principles of certain pumps
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Fundamentals of Fluid Power”, which is based on chapters 1 to 3 of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center "Fluid Power" NAVEDTRA 14105A  training course.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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