Maha Fluid Power Research Center
Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
Global Fluid Power Society

Education and Special Projects

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.

Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge >>>

Since 2012, a team from Purdue's Maha Labs has competed every year in the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge (started by Parker Hannifin as the Chainless Challenge). Students design 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.

Interested in joining the hydraulic vehicle team? Contact Andrea Vacca:

Textbooks >>>

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


Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power >>>

Purdue University is a member of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, a consortium of schools with the vision to "make fluid power the technology of choice for power generation, transmission, storage, and motion control." The CCEFP is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

Global Fluid Power Society >>>

Purdue University is a founding member of the Global Fluid Power Society, an international community of institutes for networking in the area of fluid power and fluid techniques. Andrea Vacca is the secretary of the Board of Directors.

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