IHA - Intelligent Hydraulics and Automation
Plan and status of IHA
Three main research fields of the Department of Intelligent Hydraulics and Automation (IHA) are remote handling, digital hydraulic technology and intelligent mobile machines. In these three areas the aim of IHA is to be one of the leading research units in the world of fluid power automation. Research of intelligent mobile machines has been also selected as one of the three leading-edge fields of the research at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). The research strategy of IHA is made up of these three research areas and ambition to develop new fluid power automation technology, which minimizes the environmental impact in all aspects. To fulfill the strategy the research work at IHA follows these three principles: interdisciplinary research, the bridging of theory and practice and cooperation with industry.
Cooperation with industry is essential to IHA’s activities. A significant part of the funding of the unit comes from projects together with industry. Finland has unique public-private collaboration system called as Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOK). IHA has very active role in these networks.
IHA is participating in two research programs in two SHOK areas, namely CLEEN (Cluster for Energy and Environment) and FIMECC (Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster). The research program in FIMECC is EFFIMA (Energy and Life Cycle Cost-Efficient Machines, 2009-2013). The research program in CLEEN is FCEP (Future Combustion Engine Power Plant, 2010-2013).