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Registration Open for 2022 NFPA Vehicle Challenge

Registration is open for two Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge events scheduled for April.

Danfoss Power Solutions will host one event April 20-22 in Ames, Iowa, and Norgren will host the other April 27-29 in Littleton, Colorado.

The Vehicle Challenge is an undergraduate program that requires engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as power transmission as a senior capstone design project or as an extracurricular activity. Students experience real world engineering under strict deadlines for designing, building, testing and demonstrating their designs.

NFPA-member industry professionals serve as mentors and judges to guide the students in their learning about fluid power. Students build networks of peers and industry professionals and compete for cash prizes in three separate races – sprint, efficiency, and endurance.

With the support of NFPA Pascal Society donors, this year’s NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge program expanded to two separate competitions, ensuring that more students and universities can participate and more NFPA Foundation donors can connect with these students.

NFPA seeks to involve those who register to attend in a number of ways, including judging the final presentations, vehicle design reviews, and race results. Attendees can also participate in networking events to connect with students.

At the Ames competition sponsored by Danfoss, teams from the following schools are scheduled:

  1. Iowa State University
  2. Michigan Technological University
  3. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  4. Murray State University
  5. Northern Illinois University
  6. Ohio University
  7. University of Alabama at Birmingham
  8. University of Cincinnati
  9. South Dakota State University
  10. West Virginia University
  11. Western Michigan University

Teams assigned to the Norgren-sponsored event in Littleton are:

  1. Arizona State
  2. Cal Poly State University
  3. Cleveland State University
  4. Loyola Marymount University
  5. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  6. Purdue University
  7. Purdue University Northwest
  8. University of Utah
  9. Texas A&M
  10. University of Denver
  11. University of Akron
  12. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

To register or ask questions, email sscaccianoce@nfpa.com. For more information, visit https://nfpafoundation.org/universities/programs-resources/fluid-power-vehicle-challenge/.



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