FPIRC 2016 Conference

October 10th - 12th, 2016

Past Event:

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power and the NFPA are teaming up to bring you the next Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC), which takes place October 10-12, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn. The venue is still to be determined at this time.

The exhibit provides technical sessions, networking opportunities, laboratory tours, and panel discussions that discuss technologies and workforce skills needed for growth in the fluid-power industry. The FPIRC is also being held in conjunction with the 2016 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, which is slated for October 12-14, 2016.

Participants at the conference include industry practitioners and leaders, government representatives, academic fluid-power researchers, and international students, along with fluid-power engineers, technical leaders, human resource professionals, CTOs, and marketing personnel. Board and event schedules can be viewed on the event website, or you can contact the NFPA at (414) 778-3344.

Monday, October 10, 2016


2:00 – 2:20 pm

FPIRC Welcome Session 


2:30 – 5:00 pm

FPIRC Breakout 1: Fluids & Lubrication

  • Reducing Hydraulic Reservoir Size through Centrifugal De-Aeriation
    Terry Glidden and Bob Doll, Price Engineering
  • Generalization of Surface Texture Shape Reduces Friction and Increases Load Capacity Simultaneously in Sliding Contact with Full-film Lubrication
    Yong Hoon Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Design Appropriate Modeling for Determining Optimal Friction Reduction with Surface Textures
    Jonathon Schuh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Determining the Effectiveness of Magnetic Filtration under Different Flow Rates
    Brian L. Steward, Iowa State University
  • Experiments and Simulations of Polymer-basestock Solutions for Hydraulic Applications
    Paul Michael, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Modal Parameter Estimation of Hydraulic Axial-piston Pumps and Motors
    Paul Kalbfleisch, Purdue University
  • A Fast Lumped Parameter Approach for the Prediction of Cavitation in Gerotor Pumps
    Yash Girish Shah, Purdue University

2:30 – 5:10 pm

FPIRC Breakout 2: Modeling & Control Systems

  • Study of an Articulated Boom Life by Co-Simulation of Bodies’ Flexibility, Vehicle Dynamics and Hydraulic Actuation
    Céline Cabana, FD-GROUPS America Inc.
    and Gladys Jaussaud, CEREBRUM Ingénierie
  • Coordinated Rate Control User Interface and Analysis via a Task Identification Algorithm
    Beau Domingue, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Modeling and Experimental Testing of the Hondamatic Hydro-Mechanical Power Split Transmission
    Xiaodong Hu, Chongbo Jing, and  Perry Y Li, University of Minnesota
  • Mechatronic Challenges to Develop and Implement New Hydraulic Technologies: Independent-Metering Electrohydraulic Valve Examples
    Vincent Remillard, Famic Technologies Inc.
  • Active Motion Compensation for Off-Highway Vehicles Meng (Rachel) Wang, Eaton Corp.
  • Experimental Study of a Hydrostatic Wind Turbine with Torque Control
    Biswaranjan Mohanty, University of Minnesota
  • Wheel Loader Hydraulic System and Vehicle Operation Optimization using Dynamic Programming
    Aaron Jagoda, Eaton Corp.
  • Oscillation Damping Control for Electrohydraulic Machines with Integrated Diagnostic Features
    Riccardo Bianchi, Federico Campanini and Andrea Vacca, Purdue University

6:00 – 9:00 pm

USBank Vikings Stadium Reception, Dinner, and Tour


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

8:00 – 9:00 am

FPIRC Breakfast with Presentation: Fluid Power Workforce Development Continuum


9:00 – 10:30 am

FPIRC Panel 1: Role of Start-Ups in a Healthy Industry


9:00 – 10:30 am

FPIRC Panel 2: External Technology Trends


10:45 – 11:45 am

Wearable Robots:  Exoskeletons, Orthoses, and Prostheses | Professor Thomas G. Sugar, Arizona State University


12:00 – 1:30 pm

 Lunch with FPIRC  

1:45 – 5:00 pm

CCEFP Workshop: Ninja Super Communicators Workshop


3:00 – 5:00 pm

FPIRC Corporate Student Speed Meetings


5:00 – 6:30 pm

FPIRC Exhibit Table Reception


6:30 – 9:00 pm

FPIRC Poster Show and Hors d’oeuvres


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:30 – 9:30 am

FPIRC and ASME DSCC Plenary with Breakfast: Keynote Presentation Via Negativa by Peter Achten


9:40 – 12:00 pm

FPIRC Breakout 3: Mobile Applications

  • Hydraulic Free Piston Engine as a Fluid Power Source for Mobile Application
    Chen Zhang, University of Minnesota
  • Variable Flow Rotor Pump
    Troy Hintzsche, Concentric AB
  • Composite Pressure Vessel Design, Manufacture, and Testing of Novel, Lightweight Hydraulic Piston Accumulators
    Michael Stewart and Dr Kaushik Mallick, Steelhead Composites
  • A Cam Driven Variable Displacement Linkage Pump
    Shawn Wilhelm, University of Minnesota
  • Development of Soft Retrofit Architecture for DHTM475
    Elton Bishop, Digital Hydraulic LLC
  • Simplified Hydraulic Components through Electronification, Developed in North America
    Dr. Uwe Neumann, Bosch Rexroth
  • System and Method of Fault Detection, Isolation, and Reconfiguration of Electrohydraulic System in Mobile Machinery
    QingHui Yuan, Eaton Advanced Tech

9:40 – 12:00 pm

FPIRC Breakout 4: Industrial Applications

  • Variable AC Hydraulic Pump/Motor
    James D. Van de Ven, University of Minnesota
  • Electric Hydrostatic Actuation – Modular Building Blocks for Industrial Applications
    Dr. Achim Helbig, Moog GmbH
  • Pneumatic Exhaust Gas Recovery with a Pneumatic Boost Converter
    Tyler J. Gibson, Vanderbilt University
  • Soft Switching and High-Speed Valves for Switched Inertance Boost Converters
    Alexander Yudell, University of Minnesota
  • A Discrete Piston Pump/Motor using a Mechanical Rotary Valve Control Mechanism
    Michael Rannow, University of Minnesota
  • Case Studies in the Use of Customized Feedback Control for Industrial Hydraulic Motion Control Applications
    Jacob Paso, Delta Computer Systems
  • Mechanical Control of Four-Quadrant Variable Displacement Piston Pump/Motor
    John Lumkes, Purdue University

9:40 – 12:00 pm

FPIRC Breakout 5: New Applications

  • Design of a Light-Weight, Portable Hydraulic Power Supply
    Jonathan Nath, University of Minnesota
  • Modeling and Optimization of a Linear Electromagnetic Piston Pump
    Paul Hogan, University of Minnesota
  • Multi Degree of Freedom Hydraulic Human Power Amplifier with Rendering of Assistive Dynamics
    Sangyoon Lee, University of Minnesota
  • MEMS Proportional Valves
    Thomas Chase, University of Minnesota
  • Controlled Stirling Power Unit for Human-Scale Power
    Eric J. Barth, Vanderbilt University
  • Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuators
    Jonathon Slightam, Marquette University
  • Portable Pneumatically Powered Orthoses
    Girish Krishnan and  Matthew N. Petrucci, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Optional Tours:

Option 1: University of Minnesota Research Facilities and Cummins Power Generation
Option 2: Eaton Hydraulics and MTS Systems


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