ifas - Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems


Head of the Institute

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

Fields of Study

Product Development, Drive Technology, Automation Technology, Production Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Transport, General Mechanical Engineering

Main Focus

Research and teaching in all areas of fluid technology (hydraulics and pneumatics)

Research Focus

ifas provides research and derived teaching around fluid power in one of the largest institutes worldwide in this field.

In addition to mechanical engineering, the discipline also includes other areas such as computer science, control engineering, electrical engineering, tribology and chemistry.

The interdisciplinary research activities are assigned to six scientific groups:

  • Mobile machines
  • Digitalisation in Fluid Power
  • Fluid power components
  • Tribology
  • Fluids
  • Gas and microsystems

The scientists at ifas have at their disposal a spacious test field with an area of more than 1000 m², five sound-insulated boxes for long-term test rigs, a climatic chamber with an adjustable temperature range from -70 to +70 °C, a low-reflection sound measurement room, a surface measurement room and an oil laboratory.

Detailed information about the current projects in the research groups and the numerous research activities can be found on the homepage mentioned below.

Student assistants as well as bachelor and master students can actively participate in these projects as part of their education.

The courses offered by ifas cover various topics related to fluid power systems. In addition to basic research-oriented courses, ifas offers practice-oriented courses with the involvement of industrial partners in order to gain a better insight into future working life. An overview of the courses can also be found on the ifas homepage.

Internal and external fluid technology colloquia as well as the biennial "International Fluid Technology Colloquium" (IFK) round off the range of training and further education courses.


ifas - Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems
​Campus Boulevard 30
52074 Aachen

Tel.: +49 241 80 477 10
Fax: +49 241 80 6477 12

Homepage ifas