College of Science & Engineering
This group works on improving the energy efficiency of various systems, such as on-road and off-road vehicles; renewable energy capture; and compressed air energy storage. For these systems, the researchers propose new fluid power based system architectures, system components, and control to achieve their goals.
A significant amount of this work involves the application of optimal control to systems in order to improve system efficiencies. Dynamic programming and the Lagrange multiplier method are the group's typical tools. For some systems (such as fluid power components and compressed air energy storage), they also utilize CFD to achieve better design.