We’ve written before about the fluid power research projects coming out of the Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). Ten new research projects have recently been selected for funding, and a number of these new projects have been presented on the CCEFP Webinar Series. One such project is the Controlled Stirling Power Unit project, which was presented by Seth Thomas, a student at Vanderbilt University.
The project is set to address limitations in the current options for power supplied to mobile robots and exoskeletons through the development of a quieter, more energy-dense, compact, and portable fluid power supply using a stirling device. Such advancements would enable the use use of fluid power technology in a variety of military, medical, manufacturing, and construction applications. The stirling device can use a number of highly energy-dense, flexible fuel or available heat sources to create hydraulic or pneumatic fluid power in an easily scalable design.
The research is still in its initial stages and industry collaboration or input is welcome
Watch for updates as the project progresses.
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