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Fundamentals of Fluid Power

University of Minnesota Online Course Highlights 
    • weeks long
    • 6 hours a week
    • FREE, Upgradable
    • Self-Paced
    • Taught by: James D. Van De Ven, Will Durfee
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Fluid power is the use of fluids under pressure in order to control, transmit and generate power. It is to be said that among all conventional power-transmission technologies, fluid power has the highest power density. There are so many terms that are related to fluid power which can make our work experience so much better. This course will help us learn about hydraulics, its uses and purpose. You will also learn about fundamentals of mechanical engineering in this course. You are going to experience a world full of fluid power and how they can be used to design and simulate fluid power circuits for different applications. The course has different topics discussed in a very elaborative form. Each term in the course has enough explanation given so that a learner can understand the term completely.

Who should take this course?

This course can be taken by anyone who has interest in fluid power. Those who have prior knowledge of fluid power can also take this course. This will not only help them understand the concepts in a better way but will also enhance their work experience. As for beginners, this course is the best opportunity for them to start a career in this field. The course has fundamentals of fluid power explained in a very efficient way. You will discuss its properties, how they behave and react, what are its components and much more. The course has a proper summary of all these concepts and it also has quizzes given in the end that will clear the concepts of a learner more easily. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this course is an ideal option for all the professionals who are eager to upgrade their knowledge in this field and also for those who are starting their career fresh in this field and need guideline. 

Social proof:

Let us discuss some of the reviews that our students have given after completing this course. These students have discussed how this course has helped them in understanding the most difficult concepts of fluid power in a most convenient way.

5 Star rating:

  • Good course with basic review of fluid mechanics.

This is a very good course, it has so many information regarding fluid mechanics in pipe flow, hydraulics components and much more. When I took this course I was not sure whether this course can help me or not. But after finishing this course, I can say with full confidence that this course is a very informative course that can change the way of our working.

  • Teachers were great and made the subject more interesting.

The teachers that were part of this course were amazing. Their hard work was all over the course. They had carefully explained every term in the course and I can say for sure that every student or a learner who takes this course will get benefit from it. Even the body language of the teachers was so optimistic that made the course even more interesting.

  • I found the material to be very practical and useful.

I am an aerospace engineer and taking this course was a best decision for me. The course has very practical and useful material. The tips given in the course can be totally applied in real life and has so many useful material in it.

  • The use of real world examples is fantastic.

The way that the instructor has used real life examples in his lectures is just too amazing. He has showed videos of actual machines in order to make us understand its anatomy in a better way.

  • Best way to refresh your memory regarding this field.

If you are a professional engineer and you have a need to recall all the knowledge regarding this field, then you should immediately take the course. This course is the best way to refresh your knowledge. Also it has latest terms explained too that can help you in upgrading your knowledge too.

  • Excellent introduction to fluid power issues.

This course has an excellent introduction about all the issues to fluid power. Every lecture regarding this topic is very well explained and clears most of the concepts efficiently. Indeed an amazing course.

  • The exercises, assignments and simulations were very useful.

This course is very useful. Every piece of information given in the course is useful also the exercises and assignments given to solve are the best part. They turned out to be so helpful in clearing my concepts even better.

  • A worth buying course for those who needs to update their knowledge about mobile hydraulics, industrial and fluid power.

I would say that this course is a must have course and all those who needs to gain knowledge regarding industrial and fluid power and much more should take this course. It is a course worth buying.

  • I would give this course a five star for making the math works software available to us.

I can definitely give this course a 5 star rating as this course has helped me so much.

  • The course is very well organized and easy to follow.

Not many short courses have the quality of being so organized and easy to follow. But this course has it all. The course is very organized and easy to follow.

  • I would like to thank the University of Minnesota for providing this wonderful course.

I just want to thank the University of Minnesota for arranging such an informational course. This course should be taken by all engineering students if they are really determined to do better in this field. As this field has all the necessary information in it that can help a student to do better.

  • The professors has shown some practical solutions of so many real-world problems.

The professors behind this course has done an incredible job in explaining the whole course to us. They have showed us so many practical solutions of all the real world problems that can occur in this field and have given a detailed theory regarding it.

4 Star rating:

  • The practical application for each theory made it easier to learn.

Teach theory given in the course was explained through a practical application. This feature made it very easy for me to learn all the concepts.

  • Best for those who needs to understand hydraulics.

This course is an amazing start for those who wants a career in hydraulics. The course has everything there is to know about hydraulics. If taken seriously, the course can take your career to a next level.

  • The course has very valuable information that most teachers fail to give.

Every piece of information given in this course is o valuable and not much teachers have this quality of delivery a lecture in such an organized way. There wasn’t even a single time where I found the course to be difficult.

  • A must have course for engineering graduates to brush up their knowledge.

This course is the best opportunity for all those engineering grads that need to brush up their knowledge. I would suggest those students who are in their first year of engineering to take this course now so that they can easily cope up with all the main terminology of engineering.

  • The introduction to sim scape was very interesting.

An amazing course no doubt. The best part about this course was the introduction to the sim scape. This part has so much exciting information in it that was so easy to learn. The course had cleared so many of my concepts.

3 Star rating:

  • An informational course but some concepts were unclear.

The course was very informational but at some point I found some concepts that were not properly explained. Though the course has cleared so many concepts but if the rest of the concepts were also explained properly, I would have given a 5 star rating for sure.

  • I found the course very helpful but the only problem was lack of homework problems.

The only problem that I found in this course was lack of homework problems. A student can only learn best by solving questions on its own. Sure the course had a lot of information that was very useful but fewer homework problems was not a plus point.

  • I can recommend this course to others as I was able to gain knowledge.

I have learned many things from this course that were very useful. So I can recommend this to many of my friends who are also studying this field.

2 and 1 Star rating:

  • Could have improved the simulation section.

One problem in the course was improper presentation of the simulation section. I was not able to get a good sense of that section.

  • The way of speaking of one of the professors was a little fast.

Though the professors seem to be very professional and have presented the whole course very efficiently. But there were some parts where one of the professor got very fast in delivering the content. This made the course a little difficulty to understand. Except for this point I can say that the course was not a waste of time and money.


Let us now discuss some of the alternatives that can be taken against this course. These alternatives can help a student to choose according to his need.

Computational fluid dynamics:

This course deals with numerical solution of the equations that governs fluid flow. And this is the exact type of course that can be very helpful for engineers and scientist. Whether you are studying civil engineering or mechanical or any other, what these engineering have common in them is the fluid flow. And how you can deal with the phenomena of fluid flow is all explained in the course. The course is amazingly instructed by Dr. Sreenivas Jayanti. The instructor has tried to be as elaborative and informative as possible. So yes this course is also a best option for the engineering students or even for the beginners.

Foundation of computational fluid dynamics:

This course is similar to the one discussed above and aims to provide useful information regarding fluid dynamics. The purpose of the instructor is to expose the learners to the basics of computational fluid dynamics. The students will gain knowledge regarding different terms that are related to this field and that are also very important for an engineer to know. The course is very helpful and can be taken by a professional or a beginner level engineer. Also the students will get a certificate upon completing this course. Hence the course is very informational and also available at a discounted price.


We can conclude this topic by saying that this course is one of its kind and not many professors have the ability to deliver everything that they have to offer in a short course. The professors of this course has done an amazing job in making this course and have tried to be as elaborative as possible so that students like us who have interest in this field can learn something from this course. 36% of the learners were able to start a new career after finishing this course. This course has made them capable enough to start a career that is filled with so many challenges and good outcomes. Similarly 32% of the students were able to boost their career. They found this course a reason for boosting their career and 22% were able to get an increase in their pay or many learners got a promotion. In short this course is very useful in every possible way and buying this course will not be a waste of time or money. Also the course is available in a very affordable price which means that money is not an obstacle. Only you have to be determined enough to take the course and try to get as much knowledge as you can and become the best in your field. So click on the take this course button now and start your career in a best possible way.

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