Course Title: Aerospace Fluid Systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: AERO5395

Course Title: Aerospace Fluid Systems

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Dr Bill Chau

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4070

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kah Kheong Soo

Location: City 56.5.95C

Contact:: 99254019 Fax 99258099


Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

AERO5384 Introduction to Aerospace
MATH5156 Aerospace Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Aerospace Physics 1

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in the principles, purpose and operation of aircraft fluid power systems.
This course involves the principles, purposes and operation of aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components and the application of this knowledge to the interpretation of simple circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH742 Aerospace Fluid Systems

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain fluid power principles.
2. Identify aircraft hydraulic fluids.
3. Explain and compare features of hydraulic seals and components.
4. Explain operating principles and construction of hydraulic system components.
5. Explain the relationship of components in aircraft hydraulic systems.
6. Describe pneumatic system principles and components and analyse applications to aircraft fluid power systems

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in lectures, group discussions, audio/visual displays and written assignments.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1&2: Introduction; Glossaries; Identification; Symbology; Systems breakdown; Fluid principles; Pascal’s principle; Force-pressure area; Flow; Mechanical advantage; Velocity ratio; Calculations; Hydraulic fluids and properties.

Week 3&4: Fluid identification; Handling precautions; System types. Seals and fluids.

Week 5: Rigid & flexible lines.

Week 6&7: Components, construction, operation. Reservoirs; Pumps.

Week 8&9: Filters; Values; Accumulators; Actuators; Switches etc.

Week 10&11: Systems: Normal, Emergency, Power.

Week 13&14: System servicing; troubleshooting; inspection; testing. 

Week 15&16: System design. Pneumatic systems – LP, MP, HP.

Week 17: Pneumatic system designs; Safety; Troubleshooting.

Week 18: Revision

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class Handouts.


Bent, R.D.M. McKinley, J. Aircraft Basic Science, McGraw Hill, New York

Crane, D. Airframe Section, Aviation Maintenance Publishing, Basin, Wyoming

Delp, Bent and McKinley, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair, McGraw Hill, New York

Merrill, S.W. Fluid power for Aircraft, International Aviation Publishing Inc., USA

Neese, W.A. Aircraft Hydraulic Systems, Kriger Publishing Company, Florida, USA

Pease, D.A. Pippenger, J.J. Basic Fluid Power, Prentice Hill, New Jersey

Rohner, Pl, Industrial Hydraulic Control, A.E. Press Melbourne

Vickers, Industrial Hydraulic Manual, Lithol, USA

Airframes and Power plant Mechanics, Airframe Handbook, Federal Aviation Administration Publishing, Washington, DC, USA

Peters, D. Aircraft Maintenance Basic Fundamental Devices and Systems, Australian Government Publishing Services, Canberra, ACT

Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics, Aircraft Inspection and Repair, Federal Aviation Administration Publications, Washington DC, USA

Crane, D. Aircraft Wheels and Brakes and Anti Skid Systems, International Aviation Publishing Inc., Casper, Wyoming

Other Resources

  1. Pen and paper.
  2. Access to computer with word processing and internet access.

Overview of Assessment

To successfully to complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing practical tasks to aerospace standards.

Assessment Tasks

  1. Assignment 1 - short answer questions Due week 5
  2. Assignment 2 - short answer questions Due week 10
  3. Assignment 3 - short answer questions Due week 15
  4. Assignment 4 - short answer questions Due week 17
  5. Assignment 5 - short answer questions Due week 17
  6. Written exam - closed book

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Assignment 1Fluid Principles5%
Assignment 2Fluid System - components5%
Assignment 3Fluid System - systems5%
Assignment 4Pneumatic System - LP/HP5%
Assignment 5Relationship between components in fluid power system5%
Written ExamFluid Principles & Systems70%

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