The Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, led by professor Schüttrumpf, is part of the faculty of civil engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Research focuses on the areas of ground water, flood and risk analysis, coasts and estuaries, morphodynamics, and hydraulic engineering. Methods of research include in-situ measurements, physical model tests, and numerical simulations. The institute with its almost 40 employees is involved in numerous international and interdisciplinary research projects, in part within the RWTH Aachen University’s excellence initiative.
On a total area of 2250 m², the modern hydraulics laboratory (opened in 2013) provides the institute with outstanding possibilities to conduct all sorts of model experiments. Within the project EcoDike, the hydraulic performance and stability of “green” revetments are investigated at IWW. Therefore, physical model tests in a current flume, pull-out tests and tests with a wave-impact-simulator are performed. Furthermore, IWW develops smart geotextiles for dike monitoring and analyses the bioavailability of contaminants in revetments within a life-cycle-assessment in cooperation with the Institute for Environmental Research.