Research and Testing
The Fluid Power InstituteTM (FPI) conducts research and testing for some of the largest hydraulic companies, including Parker Hannifin, Caterpillar, John Deere and others, as well as system evaluations for the U.S. military.
The institute has specialized equipment for pump, valve, motor, cylinder and filter testing. FPI conducts endurance testing, performance testing and environmental evaluations as well as component and system design, modeling and simulation, reliability analyses and system integration. In addition, a fully instrumented Tribology laboratory is on hand to support research and conduct separate analysis projects.
The 2,400 square-foot Fluid Power Research Laboratory, located on MSOE’s campus, has the capacity and horsepower to operate a wide variety of hydraulic components under high-pressure and flow conditions.
The institute educates both graduate and undergraduate research students interested in the fluid power industry. Students work directly with companies in a “real world” hands-on environment that directly involves them in applied research, thus fostering purposeful and effective research training.
The Professional Education and Research Development department of the Applied Technology Center™ consults with FPI’s corporate clients to determine their training needs to build customized training programs.
Fluid Power Partnerships
FPI has been a member of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) for more than 30 years. MSOE faculty and staff are active on several NFPA and ISO fluid power standards development committees, including the Technical Board, and Fluids and Education Committees. FPI also supports the activities of the Fluid Power Educational Foundation and the International Fluid Power Society.
The many aspects of the FPI add up to great gains for business and wonderful opportunities for students to conduct research and gain industry experience.
Phone: (414) 277-7191
Fax: (414) 277-7470