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. One such project is the Controlled Stirling Power Unit project, which was presented by Anna Winkelmann and Seth Thomas of Vanderbilt University at the 2016 Fluid Power Research and Innovation Conference.
See the presentation slides from the conference below:
Project Summary: 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 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.
Watch for updates as the project progresses.