15 Universities teams to compete in fluid power vehicle challenge

15 Universities teams to compete in fluid power vehicle challenge

National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) contest draws a record number of competitors for the 2018-2019 challenge.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The 2018-19 NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is off to an exciting start. Coinciding with their senior capstone design courses, fifteen universities have registered to compete in this year’s program.

In the first semester of the Vehicle Challenge, teams gain knowledge in fluid power components, circuits, and systems, and their use in controlling force and motion. They are introduced to the industry judges and mentors, order components from the parts suppliers, and begin planning for the Design and Specification Midway Review.

During this review, students present their initial design and mechanical drawings that illustrate the fluid power control circuits to be created for the vehicle as well as the results from their analysis of fluid flow and expected performance.

University teams are:

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Cleveland State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Montana State University
  • Murray State University
  • Purdue Northwest
  • Purdue University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Denver
  • University of Utah
  • West Virginia University Inst. of Tech.
  • Western Michigan University

Judges and mentors are:

  • Danfoss Power Solutions
  • FORCE America Inc.
  • Gates Corp.
  • HydraForce Inc.
  • Iowa Fluid Power
  • Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Price Engineering
  • Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
  • Woodward Inc.

Program sponsors are:

  • Bimba Manufacturing - Final competition event host
  • Eaton Corp. - Parts supplier
  • LubeTech - Fluid supplier
  • Parker Hannifin Corp. - Program Sponsor
  • SunSource - Parts supplier
  • Source Fluid Power - Parts supplier

Bimba Manufacturing Company, is a gold-level donor in the NFPA Foundation’s Pascal Society. Bimba is a part of IMI Precision Engineering and the competition will be held at the IMI Norgren facility in Littleton, Colorado, in April.

To learn more about the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge, contact the NFPA’s Stephanie at sscaccianoce@nfpa.com.