Research Supplements

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is actively working to increase the number of university students educated in fluid power, and one of the ways it does that is by supporting academic researchers in fluid power. It helps to engage current and build the careers of future university faculty who are and will be in a position to teach fluid power to undergraduate engineers on their campuses.

With this purpose in mind, the NFPA Foundation has awarded ten $10,000 research supplements to ten faculty members working on fluid power research at six universities.

The recipient universities, faculty members, and research projects are:

Georgia Institute of Technology

Prof. Tequila Harris – Science of Pattern Coating onto Heterogeneous Surfaces Using a Hybrid Tool

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Prof. Paul Michael – Polymer-Enhanced Fluid Effects on Mechanical Efficiency of Hydraulic Pumps (project in collaboration with UofCA-Merced)

Purdue University

Prof. Andrea Vacca – Individual Electro-Hydraulic Drives for Off-Road Vehicles

University of California – Merced

Prof. Ashlie Martini – Polymer-Enhanced Fluid Effects on Mechanical Efficiency of Hydraulic Pumps (project in collaboration with MSOE)

University of Minnesota
  • Prof. Thomas Chase – High Efficiency Hydraulic Pump-Motors Employing Partial Stroke Piston Pressurization
  • Prof. Perry Li – Liquid Piston Gas Compressor/Expander for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) and CO2 Sequestration
  • Prof. Kim Stelson – Understanding the Transient Nature of Wind Turbine Response to Create Advanced Controls to Improve the Efficiency of a Hydraulic Drivetrain Wind Turbine
  • Prof. Zongxuan Sun – Modeling and Optimization of Trajectory-Based HCCI Combustion
  • Prof. James Van de Ven – Efficient, Compact, and Smooth Variable Propulsion Motor
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Prof. Eric Severson – Seamless Electric to Hydraulic Conversion

These research projects independently represent more than $4.9 million in funding from a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). They are an excellent sample of the growing body of fluid power research being funded by the federal government and other research organizations.

The research supplements from the NFPA Foundation are intended to provide travel support so that each faculty member and one of their graduate students can attend and present their research at a series of designated industry conferences and research summits. This will help better connect these researchers with the fluid power industry and allow better cross-fertilization of ideas. Any funds not spent on travel will be used in general support of the research project itself.

This year, the designated conferences will be the two summits of the CCEFP, scheduled for October 2018 and May 2019.

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