Our research focuses on low power electromagnetic drives and micro drives in the range of power from 0.1 W up to several hundred watts. Drives of these types are used in general equipment, automation, robotics, medical devices, automotive and space. In particular, we focus on the mechatronic drive system, consisting of an electromagnetic energy transducer with sensors (e.g. rotor position encoder), mechanical components such as gearboxes and integrated electronic control. In our systematic search for advanced solutions, we also consider adjacent topic areas such as unconventional actuators, tribology, metrology and control as well as materials science and manufacturing.

On that basis we work toward enhancing existing and exploring new drive concepts and systems with increased integration density and efficiency in terms of functionality and power, respectively.


Key competences

  • Analysis: calculation, simulation, experiment, test engineering
  • Synthesis: conception and design of specifically adapted electrical drive systems
  • Integration: mechatronic connection and assembly technology


Main focus of research and development

  • Miniaturization and function integration
  • Optimization of specific system characteristics
  • Application development
  • Laboratory prototyping and qualification



  • Chairs and associated institutions within Saarland University
  • Domestic and international partners in industry and research



Thanks to the foundation "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft" granting funds from the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung as well as the "Stiftung ME Saar", Saarland University is able to provide teaching and research in Actuation Technology since September 1, 2010.

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