National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center
for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
Kim Stelson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
The National Science Foundation has recently announced the funding of the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. The ERC is a consortium of seven universities and fifty companies. Fluid power research has languished in the United States and this new ERC represents an effort to reinvigorate the field. The ERC will develop new energy-efficient fluid power components and systems that will save billions in energy every year. The ERC will also develop compact fluid power for high-powered untethered human-scale operation. The talk will give an overview of ERC activities and suggest possibilities for marine applications.