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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.