Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems

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In the Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems Laboratory focus is on experimental work on setups, where mainly fluid power technology is used for energy conversion. Mechatronic systems where hydraulic actuators and components are tightly integrated with e.g. electrical motor drives are also part of our laboratory. Highly specialized control and monitoring systems are interfaced to sensors and transducers that allow measurement of e.g. hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical states.

Hexapod-based demonstrator developed in EUDP project for HALT test of wind turbines

HyDrive drivetrain setup for test of digital displacement machines and switching valves

Setup for full-scale testing of power take-off principles for wave energy converters.


The laboratory has a large capacity with respect to hydraulic power, electrical power and water cooling including:

  • Four stationary hydraulic power units (up to 500 liter/min @ 350 bar)
  • Three smaller mobile HPU’s
  • Electrical power in the several hundreds of kW range

High-quality instrumentation is available to facilitate comprehensive measurement and control tasks.

Hydraulic power unit – 375 kW and up to 400 bar

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In the laboratory test and measurements are conducted in order to document real-word characteristics of mechatronic systems. Such characteristics may range from measurements of e.g. time-domain waveforms with high sampling rate up to system-level energy conversion efficiencies during complex load cycles. Also we put a great deal of effort into the implementation of data acquisition, monitoring and control systems.

Various test setups for fluid-power teaching and research activities


Pontoppidanstræde 105, room 2.117 / 2.125
9220, Aalborg East
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