About ifas

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Research, Development and Education – these are the pillars upon which our innovative institution is built. We invite all companies, partners, associations, and students to challenge us with current issues to further develop and advance our specialization: the field of Fluid Power Systems.


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We believe that only excellent education and continuous training enable the enhancement and development of fluid power systems and technology. This path will also empower a professionally satisfying career.

As an academic institution, we encourage and build upon the active participation of interested domestic and international students. Exciting research projects and challenging scientific activities offer many possibilities for personal and academic growth.

The resulting synergy of promoting the institute’s goals and offering outstanding qualifications for aspiring high potentials continuously leads to new impulses and innovations.


Our Aims

... are to initiate continuous advances in the field of fluid power through innovative research and development, scientific progress and excellent (engineering) education. Therefore, the essential scientific expertise is continuously improved through our highly motivated PhD candidates by conducting theoretical, experimental and simulative projects. Thus, their professional qualification is enabled and excellent opportunities to complete their degrees result.

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The Institute

The Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems (ifas) of RWTH Aachen University is one of the world’s largest and best known scientific institutions conducting research in all aspects of fluid power. This includes hydraulics and pneumatics, as well as all of its fields of application. To be equipped for the future, current research includes areas such as information technology, servo-control engineering, electrical engineering, tribology and chemistry on top of mechanical engineering.

Environmental, safety and health regulations as well as increasing industrial consumer requirements necessitate a continuous development of sustainable and efficient fluid power technology. Greater environmental awareness and new technologies, e.g., mechatronic systems, preventative maintenance, additive manufacturing, biomedical applications, surface coating techniques and modern information technologies, offer new perspectives and fields of application for fluid power systems.

The highly motivated team of aspiring young scientists takes on the challenges presented by this extensive and diversified field of study. The institute’s multiple and profound national and international connections with manufacturers and users of fluid power components and systems, as well as other research facilities, ensure that its activities are leading the way into the future of research, development and education of fluid power systems.