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Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) is a network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at nine universities:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Purdue University
  • University of California at Merced
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • Vanderbilt University

Starting in 2014, the NFPA Foundation has supported and is helping to expand the pre-competitive fluid power research activities of the CCEFP, dramatically increasing the number of institutions and students impacted by its research program.

Since its inception in 2007, the CCEFP has added more than 100,000 square feet of fluid power lab space to its universities, increased the number of fluid power advanced degrees awarded by those universities by more than 500%, increased the number of fluid power educators on those campuses by a factor of 10, and engaged more than 13,000 university students in a variety of workforce development programs.

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NFPA Foundation resources have supported the following CCEFP research projects:

2016-18 Funding Cycle

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Simulation, Rheology and Efficiency of Polymer Enhanced Fluids – Researcher Paul Michael
    Project Page on NFPA News
  • Marquette University
  • Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuators – Professor Mark Nagurka
    Project Page on NFPA News
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Portable Pneumatically Powered Orthoses – Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler
    Project Page on NFPA News