What is the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge?

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students (through a senior capstone design project or extracurricularly) as they develop a fluid powered vehicle without the use of chains or belts.  The “Challenge” meets the following objectives:


  1. Stimulate education in practical hydraulics, pneumatics, and sustainable energy devices for motion control.
  2. Provide students with experience in real world engineering under a strict timeline of designing, simulating, ordering, building, testing and demonstrating their designs.
  3. Stimulate innovative thinking for designing and testing potential new technologies or concepts integrated into a vehicle platform.
  4. Provide an industry recruitment opportunity for high potential engineering seniors by engaging directly with practitioners in the field.