James Van de Ven

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James Van de Ven

Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 307
111 Church Street SE





Post-Doctoral Research Associate 2006-2007: NSF ERC for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, University of Minnesota

Ph.D. 2006, University of Minnesota,
Mechanical Engineering

B.S. 2001, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests
  • Applying Machine Design to Efficient Energy Conversion, Storage, and Generation
  • Fluid Power
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics

Research Group

Name: Mechanical Energy & Power Systems Laboratory (MEPS)
Location: ME 271


Honors and Awards
  • George Taylor Career Development Award — University of Minnesota - January 2016
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship — University of Minnesota - 2014-2016
  • Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year (Russel M. Searle Professor) - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - May 2011
  • Mechanical Engineering Adviser of the Year (Morgan Distinguished Instructor) - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - May 2010
Selected Publications
  • Thomalla, S., and Van de Ven, J., 2018, “Modeling and Implementation of the McKibben Actuator in Hydraulic Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, in press.
  • Wieberdink, J., Li, P., Simon, T., and Van de Ven, J., 2018, “Effects of porous media insert on the efficiency and power density of a high pressure (210 bar) liquid piston air compressor/expander – An experimental study,” Applied Energy, v. 212, p. 1025-1037, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.12.093.
  • Cronk, P., and Van de Ven, J., 2017, “A Study of Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicle Topologies with Flywheel Energy Storage,” Vehicle System Dynamics, SAE Technical Paper 2017-01-7010, doi: 10.4271/2017-01-7010.
  • Koktavy, S., Yudell, A., and Van de Ven, J., 2017, “Crank-Slider Spool Valve For Switch-Mode Circuits With Experimental Validation,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, v. 140, n. 6, p. 061008-9, doi:10.1115/1.4038537.
  • Cronk, P., and Van de Ven, J., 2017, “A Review of Hydro-Pneumatic and Flywheel Energy Storage for Hydraulic Systems,”International Journal of Fluid Power, v 19, n. 2, doi: 10.1080/14399776.2017.1386061.