The main goal of basic research at the IfH is an improved understanding of fluid mechanical processes in the fluids water and air. They are examined in their natural environment, i.e. in inland and coastal waters, in the subsurface or atmosphere, and in technical plants.
In addition to the purely physical aspects of flow behavior, the coupling to heat as well as chemical and biological mass transport, including the associated transformation processes, is also investigated.
Applied research at IfH deals with problems from civil engineering (applications in hydraulic engineering and building aerodynamics), environmental engineering (wastewater disposal, water and air quality, remediation technologies) and industrial plant engineering. Projects are typically commissioned by state and municipal institutions, engineering offices and industry.