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.
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
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.
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.
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.