James Van de Ven

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James Van de Ven

Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies,
Mechanical Engineering

Contact

Mechanical Engineering
Rm 307
111 Church Street SE

Minneapolis,

MN

55455

Education

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

Professional Background

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016 – present
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2011 – 2016
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2007 – 2011

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Biography

 

ME Research Areas
Fluid Power

ME Impact Areas
Energy Transition
Environment & Sustainability

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

Research Group

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

 

Teaching Subjects
ME 8243: Topics in Design: Advanced Fluid Power
ME 5243: Advanced Mechanism Design
ME 4232: Fluid Power Controls Laboratory
ME 4054W: Senior Design Projects
ME 3222: Design and Manufacturing II
Currently Teaching Courses
Fundamentals of Fluid Power – Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered through Coursera, co-taught with William Durfee
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.

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