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CCEFP Fluid Power Summit

From June 4-6, the Maha Fluid Power Research Center, in collaboration with CCEFP (the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power), honored the legacy of Maha founder Dr. Monika Ivantysynova with a summit that brought over 160 attendees from all over the world together to discuss the latest innovations in fluid power. Academic institutions represented at the summit include Politecnico di Torino (Italy), the University of Naples (Italy), TU Dresden (Germany), Tampere University of Technology (Finland), the Universities of Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and Georgia Tech. However, the summit was anything but exclusively academic---as Maha has always placed great value on connecting with, and keeping its research relevant to, industry, circa half of the attendees were company representatives. The industrial giants present at the event include Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd., Bosch Rexroth, Case New Holland, John Deere, Bobcat, KYB, Caterpillar, Cummins, Danfoss Power Solutions, Ford, General Motors, Stackpole International, Gamma Technologies, Magna, Allison Transmissions, Woodward, Parker Hannefin, Poclain, Hydraforce, Walvoil, Dana, Sun Hydraulics and others. Together, industry and academia shared over 30 presentations on topics ranging from pump noise prediction, to hydraulic systems in autonomous vehicles, to the innovation of new pump concepts, to the simulation and virtual prototyping of more traditional pump designs (axial piston machines, vane pumps), to the development of novel fluids, to the conversion and storage of energy in hydraulic systems. The Maha Fluid Power Research Center would like to thank everyone who made this event possible, and, of course, all attendees!


Congratulations to Paul Kalbfleisch for Receiving the Best Paper Award from the 16th Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power!

We are glad to announce that Paul Kalbfleisch was selected to receive the 16th Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power Best Paper Award. Paul’s presentation titled “Swashplate Type Axial Piston Pump Noise Diagnostics for Design” was presented during the conference in Tampere, Finland on May 22-24, 2019.



Maha at the 2019 North America Auto Show!

The Maha Lab participated in the Automobili-D 2019 event connected to the famous 2019 North America Auto Show (Jan. 14-17). A booth of the lab highlighted the main research activities of Purdue in the area of fluid power, particularly for automotive applications. Thanks to the support of Magna Powertrain, we were able to show our research capability and accomplishments to the vast audience of automotive engineers!


Congratulations to Dr. Jenkins on his successful dissertation defense

We would like to congratulate Ryan Jenkins for the successful defense of the PhD thesis on "An analysis of a pressure compensated control system of an automotive vane pump." We wish you all the best in your new career!


Celebrating the Life of Dr. Monika Ivantysynova

Maha became the venue of celebrating the life of Dr. Monika Ivantysynova. Purdue Officials, professors, past and present students have gathered to create a wonderful night in honor of Monika.


New Faculty position at Purdue University

Purdue is looking for a candidate preferably in the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with research interests that matches the directions of the Maha Fluid Power Research Center established by Prof. Monika Ivantysynova. The position will be joint between the Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof Andrea Vacca is serving as the chair of the faculty search committee.

Check the following link for more details: https://www.purdue.edu/ethics/Search_Screen/Faculty_Openings/Engineering/3994-2018.html


Maha at Bosch-Rexroth 2018 MOBILE TECHDAYS

Dr. Andrea Vacca was invited to give a talk on “Unique and Next Generation Developments with Hydraulic Systems” at the Bosch Rexroth MOBILE TECHDAYS 2018, October 9-11 Greenville SC. This important fluid power event covered the most recent innovation trends in mobile hydraulics Bosch Rexroth is focusing on. Dr. Vacca was the only academic speaker invited into this event, and more than 300 people attended his speech.


Dr. Thiagarajan received the best paper award!

Maha is glad to announce that Dr. Divya Thiagarajan received the best paper award at the ASME/Bath Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, 2018 on the paper titled "Modeling of the Lateral Lubricating Interfaces in External Gear Machines Considering the Effects of Cavitation" which she presented in ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, 2017. She pursued her PhD at Maha Fluid Power Research Center with Dr. Vacca as her primary advisor.


Prof. Andrea Vacca promoted to Full Professor!

The Maha Team celebrates with Prof. Andrea Vacca on his promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor. We congratulate Prof. Vacca on this milestone which is in recognition of his outstanding research contributions to Purdue University and the Fluid Power Industry.

Link to Purdue announcement.


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