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A Modular System for Energy Efficiency Study of Hydraulic Applications

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Automation, Instrumentation, and Computer Simulations

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Alamgir A. Choudhury Western Michigan University

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Alamgir A. Choudhury is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from NMSU (Las Cruces) and BS in mechanical engineering from BUET (Dhaka). His interest includes computer applications in curriculum, MCAE, mechanics, fluid power, and instrumentation & control. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and affiliated with ASME, ASEE, SME and TAP.

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Jorge Rodriguez P.E. Western Michigan University

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Faculty member in the Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing, and Management Systems (EDMMS) at Western Michigan University's (WMU). Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Design (CID), and currently the college representative to the President’s University-wide Sustainability Committee at WMU. Received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering-Design from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received an MBA from Rutgers University. His B.S. degree was in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Monterrey Tech (ITESM-Monterrey Campus). Teaches courses in CAD/CAE, Mechanical Design, Finite Element Method and Optimization. His interest are in the area of product development, topology optimization, additive manufacturing, sustainable design, and biomechanics.

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Energy efficiency in products and processes is essential for the sustainable future of an advanced society. Because of the complexity of theoretical models of energy loss in a given system, energy efficiency goals have traditionally been achieved by studying the performance of an existing system and then modifying its design. As part of the design process, an experimental method is prescribed for understanding the nature of energy loss. Use of the experimental data in the design process can result in significant benefits for achieving the sustainability objectives of a product or process. Development of prototype within a class of product will require flexibility in the use of laboratory equipment. A modular form of laboratory is utilized to develop the prototype of a hydraulic system. These modules are made up of power, flow, load, conditioning, instrumentation and external functions of a system.. The modules can be combined to create the prototype of a hydraulic system and study its performance as necessary. The prototype performance data will be used in a design process to optimize the design and achieve its energy efficiency goals as a routine process. The laboratory has already been developed and the energy efficiency study of several prototypes is currently in progress.

Choudhury, A. A., & Rodriguez, J. (2016, June), A Modular System for Energy Efficiency Study of Hydraulic Applications Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26362

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