Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Controls


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Schmitz

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The Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Controls (IFAS) of RWTH Aachen University is one of the largest institutions of its kind involved in the research of all aspects of fluid power. Apart from mechanical engineering, the research comprises other topics, such as information technology, servo-control engineering, electrical engineering, tribology and chemistry.

Changes in the general social-political conditions characterise the requirements and developments of fluid power for the future. Greater environmental awareness, as well as new technologies like mechatronic systems, condition monitoring, surface coating techniques or modern information technologies lead to solutions that reveal new perspectives and fields of application for fluid power systems.


Faculty of Mechanical Engineering


Campus-Boulevard 30

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Phone: +49 241 80 47710
Fax: +49 241 647712
Email: post@ifas.rwth-aachen.de

  • System
    • System Analysis
      • Technical
      • Economical
      • Ecological
      • Social Science
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Innovation and Exnovation in the Transformation of Structures
    • Well to Wheel
    • Acceptance of Critical Infrastructure
    • Technology - based system analysis
  • Resources
    • Renewable Energy
      • Wind
      • Solar
      • Geothermics
      • Biomass
      • Water
    • Materials
      • Water
      • Inorganic Substances
      • CO2
      • Recyling of Polymers
      • Biomass
  • Infrastructure
    • Storage
      • Battery
      • Chemical Storage
      • Thermal Storage
      • Overarching topics
    • Grids & Networks
      • Integration
      • Flexibilization
      • Security
  • Conversion
    • Supply
      • Non-Fossil Carbon Sources
      • Fuel Cells
      • Electrolysis
      • Power Plant Technologies
      • Photochemical, Solarthermal & Electrochemical Processes
      • Energy to Chemicals
    • Consumption
      • Residental Buildings
      • Industry
      • Transport & Agriculture

Profile Area ECPE

The provision of sustainable energy and materials is clearly one of the major global challenges which were identified in the future strategy of RWTH Aachen University. The profile area Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering (ECPE) addresses the two most important pathways to achieve this goal: Improvements in energy and material efficiency and the transition to renewable sources.

More information on the profile area's key topics can be found here.

RWTH Aachen Profile Areas

RWTH Aachen University is convinced that in order to solve today's complex and multi-faceted problems, universities have to develop appropriate, integrated approaches. The Profile Areas are designed to address interdisciplinary topics and thus to enhance the University’s capability to engage in significant research activities and take on large-scale projects.


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