Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems

First Advisor

Dr. Alamgir Choudhury

Second Advisor

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Third Advisor

Dr. Rick Meyer,


Hydraulic energy, energy efficiency, real-time data, automation, software integration

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The study aims at developing a real-time data analysis system for the energy efficiency study of hydraulic systems. It also aims at implementing automation for hydraulic systems so that energy efficiency can be improved using the real-time approach. This research uses a system-level experimental methodology. A linear push system hydraulic prototype is developed for the study. The prototype contains hydraulic actuator, shock absorber, electronic flow control valve, and electronic sensor. This prototype is used to experiment with different operating conditions to characterize hydraulic system behavior. A real-time data analysis system is developed using LabVIEW and an Open Platform Communication (OPC) server, but the real-time approach is limited only to energy efficiency data during operation. Using the Math Script node, the data analysis system can conduct correlation coefficient analysis among different operating parameters. This is a post-processing analysis result, and the developed data analysis system automatically generates this report after the operation is completed. The system is operated automatically with the use of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). This automation can use real-time efficiency data but lacks the capability of utilizing post-processing analysis data.