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In comparison with the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, founded in 1870, the Institute for Machine Elements and Machine Design is still young. Nevertheless, its roots go back to the Institute for Mechanical Engineering, which was equally founded in 1870 and is said to be the first precursor of the Institute as we know it today. In 1910 the Institute for Mechanical Engineering was extended to include Water Turbines and General Engineering.
After the Second World War, the Institute vanishes from the University’s records. In 1950 the Institute for Machine Design and Machine Dynamics appears in the annals instead.

The first Head of this newly founded Institute was Professor Karl Lürenbaum. Together with his staff he moved into the building in Schinkelstraße 10 in 1956. The rooms are located next to the auditorium maximum (Audimax), the main lecture hall, which had been inaugurated only two years earlier.
In 1966 the Institute for Machine Design and Machine Dynamics was divided into the Institute for Gear Technology and Machine Dynamics and the Institute for Machine Elements and Machine Design (IME), as we still know it today. From 1966 to 1992 Professor Heinz Peeken was in the chair of the IME. From 1992 to 2008 Professor Peter W. Gold inhabited the chair of the institute. Since then, Professor G. Jacobs inhabits the chair of the IME.

In May 1984 the “Association for the development of the IME,“ was founded. It serves the purpose to support the up-coming engineers in a consistent and efficient way.

The theoretical teaching consists of lectures and seminars. This ensures a comprehensive imparting of knowledge. In particular the following subjects are covered:

  • Machine elements II
  • Tribology
  • Machine acoustics and dynamic causes
  • Physico-technical laboratory exercises
  • Dynamics and Efficiency of Heavy Duty Power Trains (DESA)

Even more profound education results from the possibility to do research papers, dissertations and doctoral theses.

Although machine elements belong to the classic field of mechanical engineering, the topic has neither lost its attractiveness nor its significance. With the help of new or improved materials, lubricants, coating and manufacturing processes, the performance of machine elements can be increased continually.

The IME reacts to these developments through an ongoing upgrading process of the testing and measuring methods, which are put into practice on test rigs. Furthermore, the development of own efficient software applications is driven on and the latest calculation software is employed. The close contact to industrial companies and the inter-disciplinary cooperation with other seats of research enable the greatest possible exchange of experiences. This leads to product improvements and innovations that point the way.

IME Für Maschinenelemente und Maschinengstaltung