New Fluid Power Research: Simulation, Rheology, and Efficiency of Polymer Enhanced Fluids

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 Simulation, Rheology, and Efficiency of Polymer Enhanced Fluids project, which was presented by Paul Michael of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Fluid Power Institute.

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.

This research is still in its initial stages. Industry can contribute by providing well-characterized polymers for testing.

Watch for project updates as the project progresses.

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