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ServoHydraulic Testing Class Outline

You can have an instructor visit your site, or you can take an on-line self-paced class, complete with full narration, and involving graphics. The course includes a thick manual, a CD ROM with the soundtrack, questions along the way, and a certificate when your done! Click here to take a free tour and familiarize yourself with the class, and options available (uses Flash). 

To book a class at your site, or enquire about regular class schedules, contact us. This class now qualifies for 4 CEU credits from Michigan Tech.

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Course Synopsis

Test methods and practices used with servo-hydraulic testing in ground vehicle product development; includes test design, setup and operation.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and high level technicians involved with using servohydraulic test equipment in the ground vehicle industry, who are new to the lab, or who would like to get a better grounding in servo-hydraulic testing technology.

Course Outline

Why Do We Test?
The processes used for ground vehicle product development, and the decision paths that are followed to choose the most appropriate test.

Virtual Prototyping
How the test-lab can support virtual modeling with the right information at the right time. A comprehensive look at the current methods of component characterization

Reproducing Failures
What the various failure modes are, and how we reproduce them. Fatigue theory provides grounding for the concepts to be discussed later.

Anatomy Of A Servo Hydraulic System
Principles of operation of each component in a Servohydraulic test system, different types, attributes, and how they are sized.

Rig Design Techniques
The pitfalls of test rig design. How to meet the competing needs of linear, high stiffness, low moving mass systems through the use of materials, bearings, bolted connections, weldments, castings and so on. The design of bell-cranks, seismic masses, and environmental chambers is also covered here.

Durability Test Systems
The various components and systems used for durability testing, from bedplates to engine simulation to complete 25-channel road simulation. The methods used, test design considerations, and how the tests are integrated into product development.

Anatomy Of A Control System
Proportional-Integral-Differential-Feedforward (PIDF) control design and principles of operation, along with the various loop stabilization techniques. Three-mode control for the accurate control of acceleration, velocity and displacement. Calculated variable (matrix) control for simplifying multi-channel systems. All the various optimization methods in use today, including Adaptive Control and the principles behind its operation.

Programming Techniques And Applications
Function generation, block programming, histogramming, peak-valley slicing, random vibration control and time history simulation techniques and their applications in different types of testing. Squeak and Rattle, Ride Comfort and Highly Accelerated Life Testing are also covered.

Basic Vibration Theory
Some basic mathematics and a solid intuitive feel for dynamic systems, Fourier transforms and Autosepctra provide grounding for the concepts to be discussed next. If the student blanks out during the math all is not lost, its designed to be optional (and minimal).

Iterative Simulation
How transducers are selected, how the data is collected, and how the data is analyzed and prepared for simulation. Measuring, analyzing and inverting the Frequency Response Function. Non-linearities, singularities and the iteration process. New methods of iteration are also covered, including Singular Value Decomposition and FRF iteration.

Running the Test
Generic road profiles and test monitoring techniques. Finally, test reporting and data archival.


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