The scope of the institute's acitivities ranges from general fluidmechanical issues to turbo machines and power plants. The focus is on renewable energies: turbo machines in hydropower, hydropower plants, ocean current power plants and tidal current power plants, wave energy and other energy conversion machines.
The research of the institute focuses on incompressible flows, that is fluids and gas flows with low Mach number, and flows with little compressible fluids. The main topics are currently two-phase flows with and without cavitation, turbulent vortex flows in turbo machines, design and optimization of turbo machines and plant dynamics of power plants. These flows are analyzed with both numerical flow field simulation and experimental methods in the laboratory and in prototype installations.
The institute has a test stand with closed water circulation, a test stand with an open channel and other small test cycles. It is also equipped with a noise measurement room with connections for hydraulic components.
For the study of flows with numerical methods computers an a small cluster is available. The institute has access to the high-performance computers of the "High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart".
In teaching we offer various lectures and exercises in the specialization course "Fluid Mechanics and Hydropower" as well as the basic education of students in fluid mechanics.
Since 2010, the director of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery has the new endowed chair"hydropower", which is funded by the EnBW AG and Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG (Voith Hydro).