Laboratory of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences becomes an institute and company recognized internationally
2015 is for I.F.I. (full name I.F.I. Institut für Industrieaerodynamik GmbH Institut an der Fachhochschule Aachen) a special year: it marks the institute’s 25th anniversary.
25 years we can be proud of.
I.F.I. was born from the wish of two professors of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences to connect science and business with one another. The idea was to apply theory, research and teaching to concrete industrial projects and to contribute to the progress of science by developing solutions for companies. The objective was, in close cooperation with the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, to create an institution which was to specialize in the different fields of industrial and building aerodynamics. In 1990, the project was ready: Professor Kramer and Gerhardt founded I.F.I. Institut für Industrieaerodynamik GmbH, Institute at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
Starting with two collaborators, who already worked for the Ingenieurgemeinschaft Kramer/Gerhardt, the staff was quickly enlarged to permanent employees and students. In the beginning, the laboratory was shared with the Ingenieurgemeinschaft and the WSP GmbH, a company specialized in the construction of special plants, also founded and directed by the professors. With the range of activities being extended to testing in the fields of smoke extraction, fume cupboards and roof waterproofing membranes, the number of employees and the need for extra space increased.
After a majority holding by a large German consulting company for several years, I.F.I. regained its independence in 2012 after a management buy-out. Today, I.F.I. has 25 permanent employees, who are temporarily assisted by students writing their final assignments at the Institute. I.F.I. has a large number of test rigs and test devices among which two boundary layer wind tunnels, one industrial wind tunnel, one aeroacoustic wind tunnel, a roof tester, a room for testing fume cupboards and pressure differential systems, as well as several mobile devices such as equipment for fire tests in buildings and tunnels.
The interrelation of business and science, our position at the interface between institute and company has been motivating and driving us for 25 years: from wind tunnel measurements on buildings, analyses for PV systems, testing and certification of different systems and construction products to the performance of spectacular fire and smoke tests. Our contribution to German and European Committees for Standardization, publications in professional journals and the continuous development and improvement of our test rigs, measurement equipment and procedures are not only a proof of the quality of our services, but also the basis for further exciting and future-oriented projects.
We owe the first 25 years of our existence to our clients, our partners and our employees.
On this basis we look forward to the next 25 years.