Welcome to the Institute of Materials and Processes (IMP)
The IMP (Institute of Materials and Processes) was founded in 2009 through a merger of various institutes and research institutions. It is a cross-faculty research institute which is centrally administered by the administration of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, witha focus on numerical material simulations, production technology, production, robotics, fluid mechanics, bionics and related topics, as regards content.
Staff is mostly financed by third-party funds from public research establishments and industrial as well as commercial partner companies. Through tight connections between research and teaching, employees closely experience the fascinating interlocking of theoretical foundations and practice. In order to cooperate, students are offered a wide range of options to choose from: a bachelor's programme, a master programme or even a PhD in close cooperation with others.
The IMP has a central administration with a secretariat. The three departments CMSE, IFP and FD are organised in a matrix. Overall, the cross-sectional departments AMR and WTT complement the first three departments.
Institute of Materials and Processes - IMP (Executive Director: Prof.Dr.rer.nat. Britta Nestler)
Computational Materials Science and Engineering - CMSE (Director: Prof.Dr.rer. nat. Britta Nestler; Head of Department: Dr.-Ing. Michael Selzer)
Manufacturing Technology and Production - IFP (Acting Director: Prof.Dr.rer. nat. Britta Nestler; Head of Department: Dr.-Ing. (FH) Oliver Brückom)
Fluid Dynamics - FD (Acting Director: Prof.Dr.rer. nat. Britta Nestler; Head of Department: Dr.-Ing. Aron Kneer)
Applied Materials Sciences - AMR (Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Schwab)
Knowledge and Technology Transfer – WTT (Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Haas)
IMP members outside the department structure:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kipfmüller, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Pöhler
Within the research and development work, an intensive network does exist between national and international partners from industry and research. In different bilateral research projects, current topics from the fields of materials research and material development are dealt with. Here computer simulation methods are combined with experimental material characterisation and material testing. For many years, a very close cooperation with several institutes of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been maintained. Besides other joint research projects, a joint study and research programme is organised as part of the Graduate School 1438 of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The successful cooperation with the KIT in the graduate school is continued in a cooperative graduate school "Gefügestrukturanalyse und Prozessbewertung" (microstructure analysis and process evaluation) initiated in 2011, which, after a duration of four years, was extended for another three years.
In 2010, the IMP was awarded the title "Ausgewählter Ort 2010" (selected place of the year 2010) in the competition "365 Orteim Land der Ideen" (365 places in the land of ideas). The competition focuses on selected places which represent Germany's innovation potential and thereby actively shape the future. The unique combination of virtual and applied materials research at the IMP was the reason for the award.