16MA1: Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuators

Project Leader: Mark Nagurka, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Institution: Marquette University

This project will develop additively-manufactured flexible fluidic actuating systems that exhibit an order of magnitude higher specific power than existing systems and maximize system efficiencies through model-based optimal control.

Compact and efficient fluid actuation systems are needed for the successful deployment of humanscale devices, fluid power robots, off-road equipment, and industrial machines. Untethered robotic platforms require hydraulic systems that are more compact, efficient, lightweight, and integrated.

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