CCEFP Summit — Fall 2021

Wednesday, October 6th – Thursday, October 7th 2021

Full program: Wednesday (ALL DAY) and Thursday (PARTIAL DAY)

 The Summit is a bi-annual meeting for the fluid power industry and academic researcher collaborators in the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power.  The Summit connects industry to university resources and talent through technical presentations, networking opportunities, facility tours of the host university, and special features. To conclude the event, the Summit offers a closed-door meeting of the CCEFP Industry Engagement Committee (IEC).

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CCEFP Summit Agenda

DAY 1: Wednesday, October 6th  

8:05 AM -8:15 AM WELCOME – Zongxuan Sun, CCEFP Director – UMN

SESSION I:  CCEFP Sponsored Research Projects

8:15 – 10:15 AM

  • Electrohydraulic System Diagnostics with Recursive Spectral Analysis – Zongxuan Sun, UMN (30min)
  • Polymer-Enhanced Fluid Effects on the Dynamic Response of Hydraulic Pumps – Paul Michael, MSOE (30min)
  • Short-term Energy Storage System for Hydraulic Hybrid Wind Turbine Transmissions – Kim Stelson, UMN (30min)
  • Electro-hydraulic Axial Piston Machine – Andrea Vacca, Purdue (30min)

10:15-10:30 AM Break

SESSION II:  NFPA Research Award Projects

10:30 – 12:00 PM

  • Mechanically Actuated Radial Piston Digital Pump/Motor Utilizing Variable Cams Farid Breidi, Purdue University (30min)
  • Mixed Reality for Fluid Power Education – Jose Garcia Bravo, Purdue University (30min)
  • AI-aided lubricating interface modeling technology for hydrostatic pumps and motors – Lizhi Shang, Purdue University (30min) 

12:00-12:45 PM LUNCH

12:45 – 2:15 PM   NFPA Research Award Projects (cont’d)

  • PFI TT: High Performance, Highly Efficient Valves for Controlling Gas Flow Thomas Chase, University of Minnesota (30min)
  • Multi-Stroke Variable Displacement Oscillating Pump for Hydrokinetic Energy – James Van de Ven, University of Minnesota (30min)
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Chassis Dyno Laboratory Development and Hydraulic Dyno Development – Brian Steward, Iowa State University (30min)

2:15-2:30 AM Break


  • DOE’s H2@Scale vision for a hydrogen economy and off-road vehicles – Ted Krause, Argonne National Laboratory; Hydrogen Fuel Cell Earth-shot Program Overview (45min)
  • Bridging the gap between hydraulic pumps and electric machines – Eric Severson, WEMPEC University of Wisconsin – Madison (45min)



DAY 2: Thursday, October 7th:  CCEFP Summit

8:30 – 10:30 AM SESSION III: DOE Funded Research 

  • A New Approach for Increasing Efficiency of Agricultural Tractors and Implements – Andrea Vacca, Purdue University (1hr) 
  • Efficient, Compact, and Smooth Variable Propulsion Motor – Jim Van de Ven, UMN (1hr)

10:30-11:00 AM    Break

11:00-12:00 PM    DOE Funded Research (cont’d)

  • Hybrid Hydraulic-Electric Architecture for Mobile Machines – Perry Li, UMN (1hr)

12:00-1:00 PM     Break for Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM    DOE Funded Research (cont’d)

  • Optimization and Evaluation of Energy Savings for Connected and Autonomous Off-Road Vehicles – Zongxuan Sun, UMN (1hr)

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:00 PM IEC Members Only Meeting