Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge


Hydraulics… meet the bicycle.

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a new program based on an initiative pioneered by the Parker Hannifin Corporation. This STEM competition challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission.

 Teams are typically required to include:

  • An accumulator for storing energy
  • Some form of an electronic control system for the vehicle
  • Regeneration technology



Make it your capstone!

The Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge  easily embeds into the capstone design course most mechanical engineering students take in their senior year, and includes exclusive opportunities to connect with fluid power industry professionals through the design and competition process.

For a look at the vehicles built and prize money won at Parker’s final challenge program, just click here.

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge launched with the 2016-17 school year. For more information, or to get your school involved, contact Alyssa Burger at (612) 624-4991.

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