How Swagelok Helped Missouri S&T Out of a Jam

Missouri S&T EcoCAR Team

When the EcoCAR team from Missouri University of Science and Technology faced one of their biggest design challenges, they turned to Swagelok, a major developer of fluid system solutions that include products, assemblies, and services. The team needed to safely install a leak-free fuel line that could transport hydrogen fuel from the storage tanks to the fuel cell. The fuel line had to be durable, safe, and fit precisely with other hydrogen-related components. Swagelok St. Louis had the technology and the team needed to successfully instruct the installation of the required fuel line. Accompanying the challenge of installing the fuel lines, the students on the team were also faced with a steep learning curve.

Joe Dewes, Technical Services and Training Manager, instructs on tube bending.

Swagelok St. Louis identified the challenge the team was facing with installing the fuel lines and came up with the perfect solution. The company is known for their work with tubing and leak free fittings. Representatives of Swagelok St. Louis traveled to the team’s garage in Rolla, MO for an afternoon where they taught members of the team how to properly use their tools and components correctly to create a safe, secure fuel line for the vehicle. The representatives taught members of the team how to bend tubing correctly and perform leak and pressure testing. The S&T EcoCAR Team was able to learn professional instruction from Swagelok St. Louis quickly and proficiently.

Representatives of Swagelok St. Louis later remained in contact with the team and provided follow up services.  The Missouri S&T EcoCAR Team also determined the company was more cost efficient and knowledgeable than their competitors. With the help of Swagelok St. Louis the team successfully installed the leak-free hydrogen fuel line, and went on to win multiple awards at Year Three Finals, including 5th Place Overall!