New Fluid Power Research: Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuators

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, and a number of these new projects were presented at the Industry/University Engagement Summit at Iowa State. One such project is the Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuators project, which was presented by Jonathon Slightam, a student at Marquette University.

This project is set to advance current hydraulic actuator technology by focusing on the use of flexible fluidic actuators and the additive manufacturing methods needed to produce them. It will differentiate itself from existing actuation technologies most prominently through the dramatic reduction in component and system weight that comes with producing this new actuation technology via advanced manufacturing methods, opening up many new applications to fluid power solutions.

This research is still in its initial stages. Industry collaboration is welcome, particularly contributions in the form of pumps, valves, and instrumentation.

Watch for project updates as the project progresses.

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