CCEFP Director Presents “Hydraulic Transmissions for Wind Power” at Vanderbilt Seminar Series

Stirling Thermocompressor demonstrated by Anna Winklemann, CCEFP graduate student at Vanderbilt University

Stirling Thermocompressor demonstrated by Anna Winklemann, CCEFP graduate student at Vanderbilt University

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]rofessor and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) Director, Kim A. Stelson, hosted by Eric Barth, CCEFP Co-Deputy Director and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, a CCEFP university, was the invited guest speaker at Vanderbilt’s Mechanical Engineering Departmental Seminar. Over 50 engineering faculty and graduate students attended.  It is a standard in academia for departments to host a seminar series to highlight the breadth of global research activity as part of the graduate education program.

Professor Stelson’s talk was on “Hydraulic Transmissions for Wind Power.” The talk included an overview of fluid power, an overview of wind power and an explanation of how hydraulic transmissions could solve the unique challenges of wind power applications.

During his visit to Nashville, Professor Stelson toured the engineering laboratories housing a number of CCEFP-funded projects, including the Controlled Stirling Thermocompressor (Barth), Fluid Powered Surgery and Rehabilitation via Compact, Integrated Systems (Barth, Webster) and Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Elastomeric Accumulator (Barth). As luck would have it, Vanderbilt’s premier senior capstone projects show, “Design Day” was underway. Over 60 projects were on display, with a significant number of them using fluid power. It is clear that the presence of CCEFP at Vanderbilt has played a key role in promoting biomedical fluid power applications.

Professor Stelson met with Professor Philippe M. Fauchet, Dean of Engineering, and Professor Robert Pitz, Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, to share what’s ahead for CCEFP and how the new NFPA Education and Technology Foundation’s Pascal Society has made the Center’s sustainability a certainty.

For more information, contact CCEFP’s Workforce and Administrative Director, Alyssa A. Burger, M.Ed.

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