Industrial fluid power systems often constitute complex mechatronic systems. The interaction of hydraulics, mechanics, electronics, and control technologies demands holistic multi-domain approaches. This applies not only to system design but also to the analysis of such systems and the synthesis of appropriate control structures. Particular challenges arise from the nonlinear dynamics typically found in fluid power
Fluid power research at the Chair of Systems Theory and Control Engineering is mostly concerned with the control of complex systems under dynamic operations and the improvement of the energetic efficiency of fluid power systems. Furthermore, dimensioning guidelines are developed using system analysis based on mathematical models. All these research activities make use of modern methods from both system theory and control theory such as flatness based approaches.