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Fluid Power Workshops

Don’t miss the IFPE 2023 Fluid Power Workshops presented by Dr. Medhat Khalil and Paul Michael of Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Fundamentals of Hydraulic Systems 101
Dr. Medhat Khalil, Director of
Professional Education, MSOE

Monday, March 13, 2023: 8:00am - 12:00pm

This presentation increases awareness of the fundamental concepts of fluid power technology. It will cover some rules of physics about fluid pressure and flow, as well as the generic structure of a hydraulic system, and construction and principal operation of the main components, e.g., pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, and rotary actuators. The course summarizes how to manage all these components in form of a system that works safely and efficiently. Topics covered will include Gauge versus absolute pressure, Pascal’s Law, Laminar versus turbulent flow, Basic construction of hydraulic systems, Hydraulic pumps & motors overview, Hydraulic valves overview, Reciprocating actuators overview, Hydraulic accumulators actuators, and Basic hydraulic circuits.

Medhat Khalil, Ph.D., Director of Professional Education & Research Development at the Applied Technology Center, Milwaukee School of Engineering. Medhat got his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Military Technical College (MTC), Cairo, Egypt. He got his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt. Medhat has been granted his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Post-Doctoral Industrial Research Fellowship from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Medhat has been certified by the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) as Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist (CFPHS) and Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor (CFPAI). Medhat has a deep working experience in the field of Mechanical Engineering; more specifically in fluid power and motion control and has designed several hydraulic systems and developed analytical and educational software.

Hydraulic Fluid Properties, Efficiency and Contamination Control
Paul Michael
Paul Michael, Research Chemist, MSOE

Monday, March 13, 2023: 1:00 - 4:00pm

In this course, participants will learn about the composition of oils, the properties of lubricants and how hydraulic fluids can affect machine performance. Conventional, multigrade, synthetic and biodegradable fluids will be discussed. Research studies examining fluid efficiency effects in hydraulic motors, piston and gear pumps will be presented. The principles of oil analysis and filter selection will be outlined. The seminar concludes with case studies that demonstrates how filter debris analysis can be used to troubleshoot hydraulic system contamination control problems. Topics covered will include Hydraulic fluid base stocks and additives, Multigrade and synthetic hydraulic fluids, Fluid properties and hydraulic system efficiency, Basics of in-service fluid analysis and filter selection, and In-service filter analysis case studies

Paul Michael is a Research Chemist at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Fluid Power Institute. He has 35-plus years of experience formulating and testing lubricants. Paul is active in ASTM, ISO, and NFPA standards committees, serves as a lubrication subject matter expert for the US Military, and has been principal investigator for energy efficient hydraulic fluids in the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power for more than 10 years. His research interests include energy efficient fluids, hydraulic fluid compatibility, filtration, particle characterization, and machine failure analysis.