Fluid Power Research Update: Simulation, Rheology, and Efficiency of Polymer Enhanced Fluids at FPIRC16

We’ve written before about the fluid power research projects coming out of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. Ten new research projects have recently been selected for funding. One such project is the Simulation, Rheology, and Efficiency of Polymer Enhanced Fluids project, which was presented by Ashlie Martini of the University of California Merced and Paul Michael of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Fluid Power Institute.

See the presentation slides from the conference below:

 

Project summary: This project will focus on measuring how a fluid’s polymer structure affects hydraulic power transmission in pursuit of formulating more efficient hydraulic fluids. It will build upon previous research by incorporating tribometer testing, high pressure rheology studies, and molecular dynamics simulations into the research methods.

Watch for project updates as the project progresses.

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