Summary of 11th IFK 2018 in Aachen
The 11th International Fluid Power Conference took place in Aachen from 19th to 21st March 2018. The successful colloquium was held under the motto:
“Fluid Power Networks”
Digitalization, connectivity and communication, mobile and industrial applications, hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems as well as tribology and fluids were some of the main topics of 28 sessions including 121 scientific talks and the scientific poster session with 22 poster presentations. Fluid Power Networks was also discussed in three key note lectures.
More than 750 participants from 31 countries took the opportunity to inform about the newest trends in fluid power technologies. With nearly 68 % of the attendees, fluid power industry shows the importance of this event as a platform to exchange knowledge with scientists from universities in the area of hydraulic and pneumatic drive and control systems. For the first time at IFK, the GFPS Best Paper Award was presented to two outstanding young scientists for the presentation of their work in fluid power research.
The accompanying exhibition provided the opportunity to present innovative products and system solutions. The exhibition area was fully booked with 34 exhibitors which used the occasion to show their portfolio and discuss with interested participants.
Traditionally, the colloquium was followed by a social programme in the evening. The banquet in the historic coronation room of the town hall on Tuesday evening with an entertainment programme performed by the IFAS staff being a highlight for the participants.
At the 11th IFK the anniversary of “50 years of fluid power at RWTH Aachen University” was celebrated and the change of leadership of the renamed Institute for fluid power drives and systems (IFAS) from Prof. H. Murrenhoff to Prof. K. Schmitz was announced. On the last conference evening, this was celebrated with many participants and guests.
For accompanying persons not participating in the conference a cultural frame programme was offered with day trips to Düsseldorf and Brussels.
After the conference an excursion led to companies and places of technical interest for several participants. They visited the European Transonic Windtunnel in Cologne, the XCMG European Research Center in Krefeld, the SMS Group in Mönchengladbach, and the Hydroelectric Power Station in Coo-Trois-Ponts, Belgium.
Great thanks to all participants, exhibitors and presenters!
10th IFK won the Congress Award
On November 7th 2016, the winner of the 11th Dresden Congress Award has been announced in front of an audience of 300 representatives of politics, science, culture and economy at Dresden Erlwein-Capitol. The 10th International Fluid Power Conference won the congress award in the category 501 to 1000 participants. Professor Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Weber, director of the Institute of Fluid Power at the TU Dresden received the price representing the IFK-team:
“Receiving this award is a big honor to the whole team. A lot of effort, heart and soul was put into this event. I am pleased we established a high-class conference here in Dresden with interesting talks creating an important platform for science and industry.”
Dresden Congress Award for the 10th International Fluid Power Conference
from left to right: Dirk Hilbert (Mayor of Dresden), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Weber (Director of the Institute of Fluid Power at TU Dresden), Dr. Bettina Bunge (Managing Director Dresden Marketing GmbH)
Photo: (c) Silvio Dittrich
Review on the 10th International Fluid Power Conference
The 10th International Conference on Fluid Power (IFK) was held in Dresden from 8th to 10th March 2016. Being one of the world’s most significant scientific conferences on fluid power control technology and systems it offers a common platform for the presentation and discussion of trends and innovations to manufacturers, users and scientists. The main theme was “Smart Fluid Power”.
With more than 600 participants and 37 exhibitors being part of this conference the IFK was once more a central meeting point in fluid power. It is a platform for exchange between the producing industry and researchers at universities, with talks on innovations and discussions about ongoing development trends. This is clearly proven by the statistic of participation (50% university, 50% industry). Moreover the IFK is a world-wide known event with 40% of international guests.
© André Wirsig
Impressions of the 10th International Fluid Power Conference
With its 10th edition, the International Fluid Power Conference included 114 presentations from universities and companies that provided an insight into current research activities and innovations. Several new sessions, such as “Novel System Structures”, “Intelligent Control”, “Thermal Behavior”, “System Integration and Safety” and “Actuators and Sensors” represented the current trends in fluid power and extended the traditional topics. Seven general lectures presented the current state of the art and the new developments within their topic in a very structured and informative manner.
Conference Pictures by André Wirsig for „Dresdner Verein zur Förderung der Fluidtechnik“, taken at the 10th International Fluid Power Colloquium on „Smart Fluid Power“, Dresden Convention Center © André Wirsig
The accompanying exhibition provided the opportunity to gather information on innovative products and system solutions as well as to get in touch with and converse with experts of the fluid power industry. The exhibition was fully booked with about 400 m2 of exhibition space and 37 exhibitors from Europe and Asia.
Exhibition Pictures by André Wirsig for „Dresdner Verein zur Förderung der Fluidtechnik“, taken at the 10th International Fluid Power Colloquium on „Smart Fluid Power“, Dresden Convention Center © André Wirsig
On the evening of the 2nd day of the conference (March 9th), the conference banquet took place in the historic atrium of the Albertinum. It was an enjoyable evening in an elegant atmosphere, with a delicious buffet and a good opportunity to chat and discuss with each other.
The closing social event of the Conference took place in the test lab of the Institute of Fluid Power. Besides a diverse buffet with countless foods and drinks, there were also some entertaining highlights of fluid-power.
For accompanying persons not participating in the conference, a cultural frame program on March 9th and 10th was offered. This included a guided tour through Königstein fortress and the palace garden of Pillnitz on March 9th. The second day included an interesting city tour through Dresden with its historic and modern sights.
On March 11th, an excursion led interested participants to the power plant “Nossener Brücke” that produces approximately three-quarters of Dresden’s power demand. They also visited the “König and Bauer AG” that produces printing presses for more than 100 years.