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Ritchie School Senior Design Team Competes in Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

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Recently, a Senior Design Team from the University of Denver’s Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science competed in the National Fluid Power Association’s Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge (FPVC). The goal of this yearly challenge is to create a single-person vehicle that is fluid powered, regenerative, and capable of storing energy. The University of Denver’s team consisted of Matt Imrich, the Lead CAD Engineer, Jason McLean, the Lead Test Engineer, Ryan Ortiz, the Financial Manager and Head of Research, Kyle Sun, Co-Project Manager and Lead Technical Writer, and Emma Willis, Co-Project Manager and Lead Systems Engineer.

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The FPVC takes place over the course of a year, with the first phase lasting from September until March, during which, the team learned, designed, and created mechanical drawings for their vehicle. Throughout March and April, the team’s design was evaluated on the bases of safety, functionality, their design process, and decision-making abilities.

The final competition consists of three challenges; the Sprint, Efficiency, and Endurance Challenges. This year, the University of Denver’s Team finished the Sprint Challenge in 12th place, the Efficiency Challenge in 12th place, and the Endurance Challenge in seventh place.

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As a new team to the competition, DU’s team was competitive and the experience served as a valuable learning opportunity for everyone involved.

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