Using both a simulation of a mechanical systems trainer and the real hardware version, students construct and test a range of mechanisms to evaluate them against design criteria. A wide range of different systems that incorporate gear wheels, belt drives and pulleys are tested. The problem solving tasks test the student’s ingenuity and strengthen their applied maths skills.
Hydraulics is a key technology that is found in numerous areas of engineering. Hydraulic systems provide the power needed to control aircraft, operate heavy dump trucks and excavators, operate the brakes in our cars and even power lifts in our tall buildings.
To help teachers and students understand the practical applications and theories behind hydraulics we have created a complete instructional module that provides both real hands-on hardware in the form of our ST280 Hydraulics Trainer and a unique software simulation of hydraulic systems. This enables a whole class to carry out activities in the same topic areas at the same time.
The simulator allows the student to construct, operate and evaluate hydraulic circuits. The simulated dump truck system allows students to design, construct and operate the hydraulic system of a dump truck tipper.