Latest FPIC Seminar Covers Advantages and Opportunities in Composites
Around 40 fluid power academics and professionals met at the InterContinental Milwaukee for the December 1 Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) seminar, which centered on the use of composites in fluid power. The presentations outlined the advantages and challenges surrounding the present use of composites in fluid power components and also speculated on currently untapped potential fluid power applications. Further research and testing is needed to expand the use of composites to higher temperature and pressure applications. However, current applications have shown that composites make components lighter, resistant to rust and corrosion, and less constrained in shape requirements, depending on the material makeup of the composite used. Possible future uses of fluid power components made from composites include drones, human mobility suits, robotics, and transportation.
This particular seminar featured three presentations:
- “Opportunities for Composite in Fluid Power” | Andy Hessler, Applications Project Manager, Linde Hydraulics Corporation
- “Practical Research Methods for the Development of Composites for Hydraulic Cylinder Applications” | Tim Girardi, Applications Engineer, System Seals
- “Lightweight Composite Pressure Vessel Design Manufacture – A Case Study of Composites in Fluid Power Applications” | Mike Stewart, Product Development Manager, Steelhead Composites
This topic as well as those scheduled for 2018 are directly related to the Manufacturing Roadmap put out by the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, which focuses on identifying the areas of pre-competitive research that are needed to advance fluid power technology in the United States, specifically involving the mechanisms and methods for manufacturing fluid power components and systems. While the seminar series is informative and free for all NFPA members to take part in, Roadmap Committee members are especially encouraged to participate.
The 2018 schedule for these half-day, quarterly seminars has already been set:
March 2, 2018 | “Building Smart Fluid Power Components and Systems”
June 1, 2018 | “Advanced Hydraulic Fluids for Enhanced System Reliability”
September 7, 2018 | “Robotic Automation for Small Batch Manufacturing of Fluid Power Components”
December 7, 2018 | “Advanced Sealing Technologies and Materials for Improving System Reliability”
More information about the upcoming seminars will be announced as the 2018 dates draw nearer.