Maha Fluid Power Research Center
Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
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Maha Fluid Power Research Center hosts amazing work in hydraulics and fluid power. It's also an educational hub for both students and industry, offering the latest research in fluid power and its applications.

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Hydraulic Fluid Power: Fundamentals, Applications, and Circuit Design
Andrea Vacca, Germano Franzoni
Apr 2021, John Wiley & Sons
This textbook covers the fundamentals of hydraulic control technology, describing the operation of fluid power components and illustrating the circuits used in current state-of-the-art fluid power machines.
Numerous numerical examples are provided to complement the theoretical description of each hydraulic control concept.
The book is suitable for engineering students at both graduate and undergraduate levels as well as for engineering professionals.
More information on the book can be found here

Hydrostatic Pumps and Motors
Jaroslav Ivantysyn, Monika Ivantysynova
2001 Akademia Books International

This is a seminal book on the technology behind the design of hydrostatic pumps and motors used in fluid power applications. The book provides a comprehensive account for design and analysis of hydrostatic pumps and motors. Moreover, basic concepts for modeling the operation of pumps and motors are provided. The book extensively covers piston pumps, gear pumps, screw pumps, vane pumps.

Reprints available at the
Follett's Purdue Bookstore
1400 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906


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Maha Events >>>

Maha hosts a number of events every year that provide educational opportunities.
For more details on what is coming up next, visit the Maha Events page.

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Hydraulic/Pneumatic Trainers >>>

Maha has developed Hydraulic/Pneumatic trainers in collaboration with Parker Hannifin. Designed by Maha and Parker's experts, these trainers reside in the Fluid Power and Motion Control lab of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering building at Purdue University. The trainers use the latest technology for electro-hydraulic components and data acquisition systems, and facilitate over 50 lab experiences from single component testing, to circuit troubleshooting, to both basic and advanced applications of control concepts.

These trainers have been used in both undergraduate and graduate level coursework at Purdue, as well as in training workshops for industry professionals. A virtual reality tool of the same trainers has been developed to support fluid power education in an online setting, and to extend the scopes of homework assignments of regular classes.

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge >>>

From 2012 - 2020, a team from Purdue's Maha Labs competed every year in the NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge (started by Parker Hannifin as the Chainless Challenge). Students designed a human-powered vehicle that uses hydrostatic transmission, testing their ability to design the vehicle and the propulsion system to get the most out of fluid power.

Purdue won the competition in 2017, and published a research paper about their winning bicycle. Read more about it here, and watch a video about the team's success.

Since 2020, the Purdue's involvement with the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge has changed homes to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

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Maha Fluid Power Research Center
1500 Kepner Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905 USA
Phone: +1 (765) 496-6242