Webseite Chair for Wind Power Drives

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.

Wind turbines are exposed to particularly high and complex loads and have to produce electricity for many years without unscheduled shutdowns. In order to further increase the reliability of the turbines, the conventional rolling bearing of the main bearing was replaced by an innovative plain bearing as part of a research project. The structural elasticity is used to improve the bearing behavior of the plain bearing. In the final thesis, the service life of this elastic structure under dynamic load conditions will be investigated.


  • Lifetime calculation of the relevant structure based on the established FKM and DIN guidelines and by FEM (FE-Safe)
  • Comparison of approaches
  • Derivation of design recommendations


  • Motivation to work independently and on one’s own responsibility, ability to communicate and work in a team
  • Previous knowledge in the field of FE analysis desirable.
  • Above-average performance in the course of studies

We offer:

  • Scientific work in a highly motivated, interdisciplinary team
  • Deepening specialist knowledge and diversified activities
  • Possibility to continue working as a research assistant

We look forward to your application by email:

Tim Schröder, M. Sc.
Chair for Wind Power Drives

Campus-Boulevard 61, 52074 Aachen

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