The Department

Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering

The Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering at RWTH Aachen University is an internationally recognised research department with the mission to optimise processes and plants in the fields of manufacturing, processing and recycling of iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, glass and ceramics.Under the direction of Professor Dr.-Ing. Herbert Pfeifer and supported by numerous student research assistants the research staff works in five research groups on current topics of industrial furnaces and heat engineering. The team is completed by staff in the technical and administrative field, working in the department‘s administration and mechanical as well as electrical workshop.

We are happy to support you in solving problems through contract research, service or consulting. We are familiar with numerous research funding programmes and are happy to prepare a research proposal together with you. Our extensive know-how and equipment allows us to cover almost all areas of industrial furnace technology and thermal engineering.

Our events

Aachener Ofenbau- und Thermoprozess-Kolloquium – AOTK

The Aachener Ofenbau- und Thermoprozess-Kolloquium was held for the first time on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering (IOB) at RWTH Aachen University on 11 and 12 May 2017 in Aachen. In the following, the German-speaking Aachener Ofenbau- und Thermoprozess-Kolloquium will take place every two years. The next Aachener Ofenbau- und Thermoprozess-Kolloquium is planned for autumn 2023. Further information on the colloquium can be found at www.aotk.rwth-aachen.de.

 

European Academic Symposium on EAF Steelmaking – EASES

The European Academic Symposium on EAF Steelmaking was held for the first time in 2015 and is aimed primarily at doctoral students and young scientists researching and developing in the field of electric steelmaking. The next symposium is planned for 2023. For more information on future and previous EASES symposia, please visit www.eases.rwth-aachen.de.

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History of the department

1938 Lectureship for Industrial Furnace Construction
1948 Chair of Industrial Plants and Industrial Furnace Construction
April 1957 Foundation of the Chair of Industrial Furnace Science
Associate Professor H. Schiedeßen
1960 Foundation of the Institute for Industrial Furnace Construction and Heat Engineering in Metallurgy
Professor H. Schiedeßen
1967 Lectureship in Industrial Furnace Construction and Heat Engineering in Metallurgy
1971 Lectureship in Energy and Mass Transport
1971 Retirement of Professor H. Schwiedeßen
1971-1976 Substitute Professor Dr.-Ing. Günther Woelk
1976 New appointment of Professor Dr.-Ing. Herbert Wilhelmi to the chair
1996 Retirement of Professor Dr.-Ing. Herbert Wilhelmi
1996 Renaming of the chair to High Temperature Technology
11/1996-03/1998 Substitute Professor Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Köhne
04/1998 New appointment of Professor Dr.-Ing. Herbert Pfeifer to the chair
2004 Groundbreaking for the building of the IOB’s new technical centre
2007 50th anniversary celebration
2009 – 2010 Construction of the Institutes new building in the Kopernikusstr. 10 with an additional technical centre
2017 60th anniversary celebration