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The Chair for Wind Power Drives researches the behavior of drive systems in modern multi-megawatt wind turbines. Research goals include increasing the availability, the robustness  alongside energy efficiency of wind turbines as well as lowering the cost of electricity. For this purpose, software development tools and modern system test benches are used in a network.

Bearing outages at early stages have a huge negative impact on the economic efficiency of wind turbines. Therefore, the industry is pushing for research into measures to improve the reliability of bearings, especially regarding applications in the wind industry. As part of the WT-Bearing Center. NRW project, we are cooperating with numerous component and wind turbine manuacturers. The project aims at the construction of new prototype test rigs as well as the development of new test procedures. In this thesis detailed test bench models according to the current state of the art shall be developed, which enable the calculation of the locally resolved pressure and stress distribution.


  • Familiarization with the topic
  • Construction of test bench models using common calculation software (FVA Workbench, KISSsOFT, BEARINX)
  • Conduction of calculations to determine real component loads
  • Interpretation of the results
  • Documentation


  • Independent and autonomous work
  • Interest in drive technology of wind turbines
  • Interest in simulations

We offer:

  • Fast processing and immediate start
  • Intensive support
  • Scientific work in a highly motivated, interdisciplinary team
  • Possibility of subsequent employment within the framework of a doctorate

We look forward to your application by email:

Sergej Oberdörfer, M. Sc. RWTH
Chair for Wind Power Drives

Campus-Boulevard 61, 52074 Aachen

Um sich für diesen Job zu bewerben, sende deine Unterlagen per E-Mail an sergej.oberdoerfer@cwd.rwth-aachen.de