Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge participants


Phase 1- Kickoff : September- October


Phase 2- Design and Specification Midway Review: October- December


  • Review the FPVC Assessment Rubric
  • Attend Educational Webinar offered by Technical Liaison and Parts Supplier
  • Investigate concepts from previous year
  • Create initial design and mechanical drawings to illustrate the fluid power control circuits
  • Simulate design and perform dynamic, fluid flow, expected performance, and other analyses
  • Using the Review Template, present project objectives at the Design and Specification Midway Review Webinar
  • Choose and order components (Deadline December 1st)
  • Receive parts and begin to construct vehicle prototypes

Phase 3- Build and Test: December-March


  • Build, test and make adjustments to the Vehicle

Phase 4- Verification Review: December-March


  • Only operational vehicles will be able to compete
  • Send final design drawings and video of vehicle in operation to Program Manager and Technical Liaison
  • Register for the Final Competition
  • Receive shipping instructions from Program Manager, prepare vehicle
  • Using the Presentation Template prepare the final presentation, send to Program Manager- 7 days prior to departure
  • All presentations submitted to the Program Manager will be posted after the Final Competition.

Phase 5- Final Competition: April

Final Competition will be hosted by Danfoss in Ames, Iowa.


  • Build transport crate (if shipping)
  • Make arrangements for vehicle shipping
  • Review travel procedures and make arrangements


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