Department of Mechanical Engineering

Fluid Power and fluid systems

fluidpowergirlWe are investigating novel methods of increasing the energy efficiency of hydraulic systems whilst maintaining performance, cost-effectiveness, reliability and low noise. We are addressing this challenges by developing novel technologies, including:

  • digital hydraulic control using high speed switching valves
  • electrohydrostatic actuators
  • multi-chamber hydraulic actuators
  • model-based electro-hydraulic load sensing

Reducing noise is a major challenge with efficient hydraulic systems so we are using our expertise in fluid-borne noise modelling and analysis to help develop active noise cancellation techniques.

Our expertise in modelling and simulation of fluid power is applied to a range of fluid systems, such as aircraft fuel systems, diving life support systems, and the human respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Aircraft fuel system ball valve flow visualisationCurrent projects

Recently completed projects