Congratulations to the Washkewicz College of Engineering's 2018-19 NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Team
Among their many accolades, the team won in the categories of Best Presentation, Best Overall Design and Overall Champion. Team members included Jennifer Wisniewski, Sean Mulvin, Matt Sokolich, Patrick McDonough, Markus Kotze, Jason Downie and Parker Hannifin's team mentor Nathan Settlemire. Thanks to Professor Bogdan Kozul and Dr. Brian Davis for their support.
We take great pride in recognizing this excellent achievement!
About the Competition
According to the website “Coinciding with the university’s senior capstone design course, students gain knowledge in fluid power components, circuits, and systems, and their use in controlling force and motion. Together with the Technical Liaison and Industry Mentors, teams identify project objectives and set a plan. Students create initial design and mechanical drawings to illustrate the fluid power control circuits that will be created for the vehicle and perform relevant analysis on fluid flow, expected performance, etc. Then, teams build, test and adjust their vehicles.” The process takes place over the academic year culminating with a competition.
The students prepared for a final competition and presented on their design process and decisions, and demonstrated the safe function of their vehicles. The Final Competition includes judging criteria for three races: The Sprint Race, Efficiency Challenge and the Endurance Challenge which demonstrates the reliability, safety, replicability, and durability of the fluid power system design and assembly.