Fluid and Mechatronic Systems (FLUMES)

The Division of Fluid and Mechatronic Systems is part of the Department of Management and Engineering and carries out research and education in fluid power systems and aeronautics.

Education and teaching

Fluid power systems and aircraft design

We offer courses in fluid power systems and aircraft design at both basic and advanced levels. We are the only university in Sweden that gives advanced courses in fluid power systems.

We give courses in fluid power systems and aircraft design at both basic and advanced levels to around 300 engineering students each year.

Our undergraduate courses are taken mainly by students in mechanical engineering. We provide the most comprehensive education in fluid power systems, with the possibility of specialisation at the advanced level.

It is also possible to carry out a thesis project within the subjects mechatronics, fluid power systems and aircraft design, either in a company or within our laboratory.

We are the only university in Sweden that gives advanced courses in fluid power systems.

Doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering. Patrik Härnman, technician, and Magnus Kahlin, doctoral student.

Doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a discipline of engineering sciences based on classical mechanics. In a broader sense, it covers disciplines from product development and design engineering to construction materials and computational mechanics.


We have the largest university laboratory for fluid power systems in Sweden. Key words for our research are efficiency and system dynamics.

The characteristics of our research projects are a close connection between the fluid and mechatronic systems, propulsion systems, power transmission, actuator system, sensors and control systems. Our research philosophy is a strong combination of theory and experimental research.

We carry out research in close cooperation with industry and other research groups. Every fourth year we organise the Scandinavian Conference in Fluid Power (SICFP), one of the largest fluid power conferences in Europe.

We conduct research within three main fields

Latest publications


Thomas Heeger, Samuel Kärnell, Liselott Ericson (2024) Challenges for multi-quadrant hydraulic piston machines Energy Conversion and Management: X, Vol. 22, Article 100578 Continue to DOI


Jorge Lovaco (2023) Traceable System of Systems Explorations Using RCE Workflows
Robert Braun, Robert Hällqvist, Dag Fritzson (2023) Transmission line modeling co-simulation with distributed delay-size control using steady-state identification Engineering with Computers Continue to DOI
Robert Hällqvist, Magnus Eek, Robert Braun, Petter Krus (2023) Toward Objective Assessment of Simulation Predictive Capability Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 20, p. 1-16 Continue to DOI
Pereira Luciana, Petter Krus, Magnus Klofsten (Editorship) (2023) Proceedings of IDEAS 2022: Interdisciplinary Conference on Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Systems
Robert Hällqvist (2023) On the Realization of Credible Simulations in Aircraft Development: Efficient and Independent Validation Enabled by Automation



Campus de Santo André da UFABC, Brazil.

IDEAS 2024

IDEAS 2024 takes place in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil from 24-27 November 2024. The IDEAS 2024 conference is part of a longstanding collaboration between Linköping university in Sweden and Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) in Brazil.

Aeronautical students with small aircraft assembled at LiU.

The engine caught fire - but the students won the prize

Despite a number of setbacks, LiU master's students won a title in the big SAE Aero Design aviation competition in Brazil. LiU is now investing in recurring student projects aimed at competing with small, remote-controlled aircraft.

Two scientists in the hydraulic lab.

Research is needed when electricity replaces diesel

Did you think that all it takes is changing an excavator’s diesel engine for an electric one? Well, it’s not that simple. The hydraulics can actually be adapted to the many advantages of the electric engine.