Chair of Power Tools and Machine Elements – Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. S. Matthiesen

Based on his comprehensive practical experience in the development of Power Tools and the management of multidisciplinary development areas, Prof. Dr. Matthiesen places the research emphasis of the chair of Power Tools and machine elements on the exploration and development of methods and processes for the support of the product development of technical devices. In product development processes, Prof. Matthiesen focusses on the interaction of different disciplines to develop mechatronic systems. One research emphasis of the chair is the systematic human-machine integration. In this area, machines have priority in the area where humans are standing in the power flow and interact mechanically with the technical system. The comprehension of the overall human-machine system plays a significant role for the development of these technical products. This is the base for the derivation of construction target parameters to each established machine element in the product. Therefore, it is the key element for product innovation. Within the scope of his research, Prof. Matthiesen develops methods for the detection and active design of the interaction within the overall system. Another research emphasis is the development of methods for synthesised analyses. In this context, the focus is on the analysis of successful thinking strategies in the industrial product development with support of modern tools like e.g. facial recognition that were already successfully applied in other scientific areas.


Research Areas

Methods and processes for the product development of systems where technical system and human must be considered integrative.

  • Modelling of mechanical human-machine interaction
  • Measurement methods for mechanical human-machine interaction
  • Validation methods for Power Tools
  • Validation methods for Power Tool components


Methods for synthesised analysis of technical systems

  • Investigation of the eye track for the analysis of technical systems
  • Derivation of synthesis methods for the constructor


New didactic training concepts for University teaching based on the KaLeP with special focus on mechatronic courses:

  • Research-based instruction focusing on the job profile of a mechanical engineer and of a mechatronic engineer in industrial product development
  • Concepts for the enhancement of skills in an industrial-like development environment
  • Training concepts for problem-based learning in cooperative teamwork
Prof. Matthiesen