The 11th International Fluid Power Conference took place in Aachen from 19th to 21st March 2018. The successful colloquium was held under the motto:
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 the 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.
This year, 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!