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