CCEFPCenter for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
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Together with industry, the CCEFP group is continuing its efforts to improve the performance and durability of the nanocomposite coating.
A recent survey showed that 61% of CCEFP graduates enter the fluid power field.
Research within the CCEFP are motivated and integrated in four major test bed systems:
Recent research initiatives at CCEFP are also addressing new fluid power applications in the larger and smaller scales: wind power (megawatts) and medical micro devices (less than one watt).
There are currently about 20 core research projects within CCEFP that address these barriers.
The target mileage for the CCEFP hydraulic hybrid vehicle is seventy to one hundred miles per gallon, more than doubling current fleet averages.
The second generation will incorporate pump-driven hydraulics, and the final generation will be powered by a free-piston engine that is being developed as part of another CCEFP research effort.
The CCEFP research initially focused on the concept of a hexapedal, or six-legged robot, because of its inherent stability in most gaits.
Much of the support for CCEFP research comes from National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) member companies.
The CCEFP is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF).
The CCEFP is the nation's only major fluid power research center, linking fluid power researchers.