Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research (IDS)
Appelstr. 11, D-30167 Hannover, GERMANY


The IDS (Institut für Dynamik und Schwingungen, Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research) is part of the mechanical engineering department of the "Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover". There are around 30 research associates working at the institute, which is led by Prof. Dr.-Ing Jörg Wallaschek. The IDS receives public as well as industrial funding and participated already in several EU-funded projects.

The IDS concentrates on fundamental research projects as well as on application-oriented problems. Here the close interaction between theoretic research work and its experimental validation on the institute’s test benches characterises the work at IDS, supported by state-of-the-art experimental equipment as well as by test equipment developed by the institute itself.

The research focus of the institute is on modelling, simulation and optimisation of friction contacts, as well as the analysis of vibration caused by friction. Especially the friction of tyres and seals were studied in recent years. Furthermore, we concentrate on the analysis of dynamics of structures containing piezoelectric power converters with implementation in ultrasound technology and active vibration.

Besides the research activities, the IDS is dedicated to the education of students of several engineering courses. Offering lectures in basic mechanics as well as in more advanced topics like non-linear vibrations or tyre technologies.

The principal contribution of IDS to the TDM-Seals project can be summarised in the following points:

  • Design of surface textures for the seals with the aim of friction reduction.
  • Understanding and modelling of mechanical micro scale phenomena in the sealing contact relating to the surface texture.
  • Tribological testing of new textured seals

LUHHead of Institute:

Prof. Dr.-Ing Jörg Wallaschek



Martin Zimmermann

Scientific Assistant

  • Phone: +49 511 762 4439



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