Monika Ivantysynova
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Hydraulic Powertrains and Hybrid Systems -- Spring2015

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Congratulations to Dr. Ram Sudarsan Devendran on a Successful Ph.D. Defense!

We are very pleased to announce that Ram successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today. Ram joined the Maha team in the fall of 2010 as a Master's student under Prof. Andrea Vacca. In Ram's time here, he as successfully formulated and demonstrated a working concept for a variable displacement external gear pump.

The Maha team will certainly miss Ram and his valuable contributions to the research done here, but we wish him success as he progresses onto the next phase of his career. Below are a few pictures from Ram's defense and the friendly challenges set for him by his colleagues.

Ram delivering his defense presentation. Ram delivering his defense presentation. Ram delivering his defense presentation. Ram's colleague challenge outfit. Ram completing one of the colleague challenges.

June 18, 2015


Maha Hosts the 2015 CCEFP IEC Summit

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) held the 2015 Industry Engagement Committee (IEC) Summit meeting this past week at Purdue University. More than 60 representatives from 33 companies and more than 30 researchers from CCEFP member universities attended the event. The summit's theme was "High Power and Mobile Applications" and roughly half of the CCEFP research projects and testbeds were presented for the industry supporters who attended. The CCEFP referred to this event on their website as "the best vehicle for driving a close working relationship between US academic fluid power research and industry."

As part of the summit meeting, Maha hosted a wonderful dinner for the attendees after they spent the afternoon touring the Maha lab. During the tour, Maha was pleased to showcase the innovative work taking place on the world's first blended hydraulic hybrid SUV as well as advancements in advanced control strategies for a highly efficient displacement-controlled hybrid excavator that has been developed as a CCEFP sponsored project. Attendees also had the privilege of test-driving the world's first displacement controlled steer-by-wire wheel loader.

2015 CCEFP IEC Summit Maha Tour.

June 8, 2015


Maha Welcomes CCEFP REU Bootcamp Students

The 2015 CCEFP Fluid Power REU Bootcamp was held at Purdue University this past week from May 26-29. The NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed to encourage STEM students to continue their learning in graduate school settings by providing opportunities for summer experience in a university research lab. The CCEFP is actively involved in this program and hosts at least 14 REU students from its 7 member universities in a bootcamp style introduction to fluid power topics.

This year's bootcamp was a two day introduction to the principles of fluid power technology through various lectures, hands-on activities, and tours of some of Purdue University's research laboratories. Maha's Prof. Andrea Vacca, Ashley Wondergem, Enrique Busquets, Tim Opperwall, Guido Ritelli, and Lizhi Shang were instrumental in providing high quality instruction for the "bootcamp survivors", as they are called on the 2015 CCEFP REU blog.

June 1, 2015


Welcome New Maha Team Members!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new members of the Maha team:


Graduate Students

Nate Keller ‐ Nate is a Master's student joining Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's hydraulic systems research group.

Xinran Zhao ‐ Xinran is a PhD student joining Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump modeling group.


SURF 2015 Undergraduate Researchers

Pratik Chawla ‐ Pratik will be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's hydraulic systems research group developing a new test rig. Pratik is currently an undergraduate in the Mechanical Engineering program at Purdue University.

Italo Ramos ‐ Italo will be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's hydraulic systems research group developing control methods for use with Maha's novel hydraulic transmission. Italo is currently an undergraduate in the Controls program at the Federal University of Itabujá, but is in an exchange student program here at Purdue in the Electrical Engineering department.

Dhruv Subramaniam ‐ Dhruv will be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's pump modeling group working on the task of measuring the fluid film thickness in the piston-cylinder interface. Dhruv is currently an undergraduate in the Mechanical Engineering program at Purdue University.

Karina Bjorklund ‐ Karina will be spending the summer working with Prof. Andrea Vacca's group helping to further the group's work with external gear pump modeling. Karina is currently an undergraduate in the Mechanical Engineering program at Purdue University.


Visiting Researchers

Bruno Silva Emerick is working with members of Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's pump modeling group acoustic vibrations team. Bruno is an undergraduate visiting from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil

May 28, 2015 ‐ Click for People.


Prof. Monika Ivantysynova Receives Robert E Koski Medal!

We are very happy to announce that Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has been selected to receive the 2015 Robert E Koski Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This award was established in 2007 to "recognize individuals who have advanced the art and practice of fluid power motion and control through education and/or innovation."

Prof. Ivantysynova was selected for "significant contributions in the area of analysis, design and control of axial piston pumps and hydrostatic-transmission systems, which are used to transmit fluid power in automotive, industrial and aerospace applications; and for efforts to create paths to disseminate fluid power research results."

Formal presentation of the award will take place at the 2015 ASME/Bath Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control (FPMC) October 12-14, 2015, in Chicago, Il.

Robert E. Koski Medal

May 8, 2015


Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has been elected an ASME Fellow!

We are happy to announce that Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has been elected a Fellow of ASME. This is an honor that only about 3% of ASME members receive. Here is what they said about her in the official citation.

Official ASME Fellow Citation

Dr. Ivantysynova is an internationally renowned expert and scientist in fluid power technology. She has established one of the world’s best centers for Fluid Power Research and Education, the Maha Fluid Power Research Center at Purdue University. Her research in the area of piston pumps and motors has revealed several discoveries about the fundamental behavior of the fluid film in these systems. She has successfully developed new technologies like displacement controlled actuation and hydraulic hybrids which both have the potential to revolutionize the fluid power industry and to contribute to major fuel savings in the transportation sector.

April 27, 2015


Congratulations to Paul Kalbfleisch on a Successful Master’s Defense!

We are happy to announce that Paul successfully defended his Master’s thesis entitled, "Computational Valve Plate Design." Congratulations to Paul on completing this milestone. We are pleased to announce that Paul will be staying here at Maha to complete his PhD investigating methods of reducing auditory noise in fluid power systems originating from axial-piston pumps and motors.

Paul delivering his defense presentation. Paul delivering his defense presentation. Paul after his defense presentation.

March 16, 2015


Prof. Monika Ivantysynova Recognized in SAE's Successful Member Spotlight!

We are happy to announce that Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has been recognized as an SAE Successful Member. SAE International recognized a few of their "most amazing and talented members" this week to commemorate Engineers Week. This is what they had to say about Monika for her spotlight on the official SAE website.


SAE Member for 10 years

Dr. Monika Ivantysynova is Maha Professor Fluid Power Systems, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. In 2014, Monika was named an SAE International Fellow, which is the organization's most prestigious membership grade. She received this honor for her outstanding achievements in fluid power research, developing energy efficient systems for mobile vehicle applications.

Monika's involvement with SAE extends well beyond being a Fellow. Over the years, she has been active in many other fronts including serving as Chairman and Co-Chair of the Fluid Power Committee, acting as Organizer of Technical Sessions for the Fluid Power Technical Committee at several of SAE's Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibitions (Comvec), organizing a Comvec Hydraulic Hybrid Technical Session Roundtable, and participating on the SidOlson Award Committee. "I get a lot out of my SAE Membership because I am able to meet a lot interesting people, make new contacts, gain helpful information, and participate in great discussions," says Monika. Most recently, she was named to the SAE Fellows Committee and will serve a three-year term, helping SAE select the incoming classes of Fellows.

Her contributions to the advancement on pump and motor efficiency and pump and motor modeling enabling virtual prototyping of pumps and motors has resulted in many papers, presentations, patents, and research contracts. She also has given more than 30 keynote speeches on her research concerning displacement controlled actuation, hybrid transmissions, and pump and motors at international conferences and industrial forums.

Monika's impressive list of honors stretches back to 1978 when she won first prize in a national student competition in Mechanical Engineering in Czechoslovakia. Since then, some of her many achievements include earning Best Paper medals and awards at numerous international conferences, receiving the Japan Fluid Power System Distinguished Service Award, being awarded the Joseph Bramah Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and receiving the Honorary Doctorate Doctor Honoris Causa from Slovak Technical University Bratislava in the Slovak Republic.

Monika also is credited with establishing the first journal dedicated entirely to fluid power 15 years ago, the International Journal of Fluid Power. She is still serving as editor-in-chief today and is extremely pleased that the journal recently went to a new publisher. "I am very happy that my hard work lead to a success story and that the journal is now available online," she says. [Nicely done, Monika.]

March 2, 2015


Welcome New Students and Visiting Researchers!

We would like to extend a warm welcome the following new members of the Maha team:


Graduate Students

Hiral Haria ‐ Hiral is a Master's student joining the hydraulic systems research group.

Leandro Danes ‐ Leandro is a PhD student joining the pump and motor research group.


Visiting Researchers

Jesper Kirk Sorensen is working with Dr. Vacca researching methods of reducing oscillations in hydraulically-actuated knuckle boom cranes. Jesper is visiting from the University of Agder in Norway.

Riccardo Bianchi is working with Dr. Vacca on the topic of vibration damping in hydraulic machinery. Riccardo is visiting from the University of Ferrara in Italy.

Francisco Franco is working with Dr. Vacca's systems modeling group. Francisco is visiting from Mexico's UTEQ.

Julio Cesar is also working with Dr. Vacca's systems modeling group. Julio is visiting from Mexico's ITQ.

February 19, 2015 ‐ Click for People.


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