This collection of instructional resources is intended to support teaching the “Hydraulics and Electrical Control of Hydraulic Systems” class using the flipped classroom format where lecture content is placed online and all class time is re-purposed into a hands on workshops or lab activities.
Intro to Motor Controls (CC BY)
Mechanical and electromagnetic control systems for both AC and DC systems will be studied. Ladder logic diagrams, starting and relay equipment used in control systems will be introduced.
Motor Controls (CC BY)
This course covers the following topics: Electrical Quantities, Electrical Tools, Electrical Test Instruments, Electrical Symbols and Diagrams, Control Logic, Alternating Current Motors and Transformers, Contractors and Magnetic Motor Starters, Control Devices, Timers, and Common Control Circuits.
Motors and Controls (CC BY)
This course contains materials to help the student to study, construct, test, and evaluate basic industrial control systems, including AC/DC motors, stepper motors, power sources, generators, tachometers, line diagrams and logic functions. Covers safety standards and preventive maintenance.
Electronics (CC BY-NC)
A collection of interactive learning objects that focus on concepts that cover a broad-based electromechanical program. Resources are divided into the following categories: AC Electronics, Automation, DC Electronics, Digital, Generators / Distribution, Hydraulics, Ladder / PLCs, Mechanical Drives, Mechanical Linkages, Electric Motors, Pneumatics, Process Control, Safety, Sensors, Solid State, Information and Communications Technologies, and Variable Speed Drives.
Programmable Logic Controller (CC BY-NC-SA)
An open access peer-reviewed publication on programmable logic controllers. Each chapter is available for download as a PDF.
Basics of Fluid Mechanics [PDF] (CC BY-NC-SA)
This book describes the fundamentals of fluid mechanics phenomena for engineers and others. This book is designed to replace all introductory textbook(s) or instructor’s notes for the fluid mechanics in undergraduate classes for engineering/science students but also for technical peoples. It is hoped that the book could be used as a reference book for people who have at least some basics knowledge of science areas such as calculus, physics, etc.
Engineering Mechanics for Structures (CC BY-NC-SA)
This text explores the mechanics of solids and statics as well as the strength of materials and elasticity theory. In addition to introducing the fundamentals of structural analysis, it combines and applies important concepts in engineering mechanics. Its many design exercises encourage creative student initiative and systems thinking.
A Guide to MATLAB for ME 160 (CC BY-NC-SA)
This textbook provides an introduction to the MATLAB programming language for first-year mechanical engineering students enrolled in ME 160 at Iowa State University. Designed to follow the content taught in class, this book provides a supplement to in-class learning that is presented at a level that is understandable to a student with no prior experience coding. Topics include commands, MATRIX operations, writing scripts, graphing in MATLAB, graphical user interface, functions and function handles, inputting and outputting data, and projects.
Fluid Mechanics Video Series (CC BY-NC)
A collection of YouTube videos on different topics related to fluid mechanics.