College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 20:21:02


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The target goal of this project is for a team of students to design a vehicle which is based on human power as the primary mover of the system and achieves vehicle propulsion through the required use of hydraulics and pneumatics. In summary, the rider will power a pump that will generate pressure in order to move the fluid that drives the motor. This will result in the powered rotation of the wheels. As there are many possible designs, naturally, this means that the final design for the vehicle will have specific limitations such as weight and the required use of certain components. The primary motivations behind this project include providing an opportunity for students to gain a greater knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics as part of the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge (FPVC), and possibly preparing the students for a future career involving fluid power. In addition to expanding mentioned knowledge, the students will be able to enhance their creativity, design, teamwork, and planning skills as they take on an open-ended and hands-on project that allows them to practically apply what they have learned throughout their education. The approach to completing this design project will include application of current knowledge of fluid power, further research on the operation of hydraulics and pneumatics, designing and building a vehicle that abides by the set standards, and ultimately competing against other universities in order to compare the team’s design against other vehicles.

Research Sponsor

Scott Sawyer

First Reader

Alper Buldum

Second Reader

Christopher Daniels

Honors Faculty Advisor

D Dane Quinn



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