Energy Consumption of Fluid Systems
One fourth of all European power plants are needed for driving pumps, fans or compressors. There is a significant need to enhance these processes in order to get fluid systems that are more sustainable and economic.
In order to reduce energy consumption and the associated CO2 emissions, sustainable system synthesis in the first place and sustainable operation of fluid energy machines and system components in the second place play a major role. In order to optimally design the entire life cycle of a fluid system, it is necessary to keep everything in view, from the components to the overall system. For this reason, our research is based on four key points:
Firstly, innovative product developments must result in more efficient machines and components. In doing so, it is important to consider not only one design point, but the entire operating range.
Secondly, approaches for evaluating the energy efficiency of hydraulic motors, pumps, compressors and fans must be developed and applied in practice. This requires close cooperation with industrial partners and the transfer of efficiency assessments into European legislation and international standardization. The future belongs to the functional units (Extended Product) consisting of fluid energy machine, valve or fitting, motor, frequency converter and sensor technology as well as the digital twin.
Thirdly. Components need to be chosen, connected and operated in order to fulfill their purpose. It is important to focus on correlations during the resulting combinatorial explosion.
We develop, evaluate and validate these in an interdisciplinary way in cooperation between engineering science, mathematics, computer science and the humanities. We establish these methods in the engineering science and make them available for practical application.
Fourthly, in the context of Industry 4.0 and IOT, we aim to leverage further energy saving potentials through intelligent operation and information exchange between fluid technology components at system level.
To solve these tasks, theory and experiment go hand in hand.