Fluid Power Industry Receives Research Updates at IEC Summit

Hosted by Professor Monika Ivantysynova from Purdue University’s Maha Lab, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power’s (CCEFP) Industry Engagement Committee (IEC) met during the first week of June to hear about the progress of sponsored research projects.  This was a great opportunity for the 40+ IEC committee members to learn about the progress being made on CCEFP projects.  More than 80 industry professionals, students and faculty had a chance to network and see firsthand the tremendous progress being made in fluid power research. Highlights during the one and a half day event included:

Student Research Update Presentations

Twice a year, fluid power industry and academia come together to hear presentations from student project leaders about their ongoing research projects.students

Design Technology Roadmap Update

mikeUpdated every two years, the purpose of the Roadmap is to provide an industry-wide consensus regarding the research, market education and standardization needs of the fluid power industry.  It describes the broad, pre-competitive challenges that must be overcome if the industry is to:  1) meet the future needs of fluid power customers; 2) expand fluid power into new customer markets; and 3) attract the best and brightest young engineers in fluid power.  The 2015 Roadmap will be available soon.

Maha Fluid Power Laboratory Tour

The Maha Lab, lead by Prof. Monika Ivantysynova, is a member of the CCEFP and focuses on research in two major areas — energy-saving hydraulic drive systems and the development of optimization of pumps and motors.IMG_1957 (2)

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories Tour

The Herrick Labs are collaborative interdisciplinary engineering research projects housed within the laboratory infrastructure, led by faculty in several departments across campus.  There are four main technical areas of research with some overarching themes related to energy utilization and efficiency, reduction of pollutants in the environment, quality of life, sustainability and safety.

If you would like to learn more about the IEC, Design Technology Roadmap, or any of the CCEFP research projects please contact Mike Gust at mjgust@umn.edu.

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