ZMB - Centre for Metallic Design



Metallic materials process chain (construction part life cycle)

RWTH Aachen's faculties of civil engineering; mechanical engineering, and georesources and materials engineering have strong institutes that conduct research on metallic structural materials, particularly steels, and their application in various disciplines. The research tasks and the results expected by industrial partners require a growing amount of interdisciplinary collaboration beyond the individual subject disciplines. Consideration of the production, processing, and use of materials with direct relevance to practice is also required for teaching. For this reason, the corresponding institutes have come together to form the joint association "Centre for Metallic Design (zmb)" to work on the metallic component cycle based on the following order of steps:

Material/pre-product/construction component – benchmark – production process – component back-up – operation/repair - recycling

Research Goals

At the Centre for Metallic Design research, training, and information activities come together to find new steel solutions. In application-oriented research projects, the development, production, and testing of large components made of steel and steel alloys and the development of lightweight components for transportation engineering takes place within an interdisciplinary collaboration. During regular university and continued education courses, the solutions are presented and discussed with students from different subjects and professionals from current practice. Because of this research, demonstration, and communication center, it is possible to cover the entire component life cycle and attain synergetic effects.

Professorships Involved

Faculty of Civil Engineering - Faculty 3

Chair of Steel and Lightweight Construction and Institute for Steel Structure (STB)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Feldmann

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Welding and Joining Institute (ISF)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Reisgen

Surface Engineering Institute (IOT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kirsten Bobzin

Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein

Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering - Faculty 5

Department of Ferrous Metallurgy (IEHK)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Bleck

Institute of Metal Forming (IBF)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt

Existing Infrastructure

900m² equipped hall space for working on the complete metallic component life cycle