NFPA’s first Power Partner is Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The university teaches fluid power at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Purdue’s undergraduate Engineering Technology and Agricultural Engineering degree programs teach a great deal of fluid power. Students learn about and practice designing, building, testing and refining systems. They use class projects to discover how to use the right materials, the right sensors and the right processes to make a product work efficiently and be attractive to consumers. Topics include Advanced Transmission Concepts, Computer-Based Optimization of Positive Displacement Pumps and Motors; Drive Line Control; Energy-Saving Actuators; Modeling; Multi-Domain Simulation; and System Design.
Purdue is also involved in fluid power research projects through their graduate program at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center, the largest academic hydraulics lab in the U.S. There, some of the top minds in fluid power conduct world-class research on hydraulic pumps, motors, and systems -- both through computer modeling and real-world experimentation.
Purdue students in these programs graduate with fluid power knowledge and skills that make them prime job candidates in the fluid power industry.
The NFPA University Power Partner Program is a recognition program designed to showcase a university that actively participates in all NFPA fluid power educational programs. The major objective for this program is to increase the amount of fluid power being taught in university agricultural, mechanical engineering and engineering technology degree programs and enhance student-to-industry connection.
To be considered as a Power Partner, the university must:
- Participate in the Speaker’s Bureau program
- Participate in the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
- Have a Fluid Power Club
- Host a student/industry connection event
- Teach the nine core fluid power competencies