The Institute for Mechanical Engineering in the Raw Materials Industry (IMR) at the RWTH Aachen began its operations in 2009 under the management of Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Nienhaus. As a result of merging the two institutes of IBH (Institute for Mining and Metallurgy) and BGMR (Operating material for the mining of mineral raw materials), the core competences in the field of raw material mining and heavy equipment technology were combined under one roof.
Both institutes have developed an excellent reputation over more than 60 years in research and development as a result of tailor-made, application.-oriented solutions. The combination of fundamental research at the institute, numerous field tests and inter-disciplinary cooperation on a university level and wit industrial cooperation partners are the basis for this success. The IMR combines a wide range of competences in the fields of:”Monitoring, Diagnosis, Servicing‘, ‚Modeling and Simulation‘ as well as ‚Sensor Systems and Automation‘.
In addition to research and development, the core tasks include teaching in the industrial study courses of ‚Raw materials Engineering‘ and ‚Disposal Engineering‘ and the respective major subjects involved. The IMR supports students of these courses in numerous lectures and exercises in mechanical engineering. Contents of lectures range from mechanical foundation skills through to mechanical and mining-related experiments as well as specific problems in raw materials mining and heavy equipment technology.