College of Engineering and Polymer Science
Date of Last Revision
Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
The Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a competition held by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) that challenges students to create a hydraulically powered vehicle to compete in four different races over two days. The vehicle has to be fully powered by hydraulics, with human power (such as pedaling) being used to move the hydraulic fluid. Electronics and pneumatics can be used to control the flow of the hydraulic oil. Vehicles also must have an energy storage device to take advantage of regenerative braking. The final competition was at the Norgren facility in Colorado from April 12th to April 14th. Our team placed 3rd in the endurance race, and received the best workmanship award with our bike.
Honors Faculty Advisor
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Towne, Bryce; Andrews, Ethan; Moore, Carter; and Sobel, Andrew, "Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1721.
Applied Mechanics Commons, Hydraulic Engineering Commons, Other Mechanical Engineering Commons