The Depart­ment for Indus­tri­al Fur­naces and Heat Engi­nee­ring is an inter­na­tio­nal­ly reco­gni­zed rese­arch depart­ment with the task of pro­cess and plant opti­miza­ti­on in the fields of pro­duc­tion, pro­ces­sing and recy­cling of iron and steel, non-fer­rous metals as well as glass and cera­mics. Here you can learn more about our rese­arch areas.


In addi­ti­on to a wide ran­ge of con­sul­ting ser­vices, we are also available for prac­ti­ce-ori­en­ted ser­vices such as pro­cess ana­ly­ses, exhaust gas mea­su­re­ments or expe­ri­men­tal inves­ti­ga­ti­ons. Fur­ther­mo­re, we offer our exper­ti­se in the fields of pro­cess mode­ling and nume­ri­cal simu­la­ti­on. An over­view of our equip­ment as well as the ser­vices offe­red can be found here.


In our news sec­tion, we report on the latest deve­lo­p­ments at the depart­ment and com­ment on cur­rent topics from the indus­try. We also report on our rese­arch pro­jects, share our most important fin­dings and pre­sent the latest publi­ca­ti­ons. Visits to pro­fes­sio­nal con­fe­ren­ces, insights into ever­y­day rese­arch and impres­si­ons from the insti­tu­te are also coll­ec­ted here.


The Depart­ment for Indus­tri­al Fur­naces and Heat Engi­nee­ring offers a wide ran­ge of cour­ses for stu­dents at RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty. In addi­ti­on to basic cour­ses in the field of high tem­pe­ra­tu­re tech­no­lo­gy, in-depth tea­ching modu­les and semi­nars are also offe­red. Here you will find an over­view of our courses.

Student projects

At the Depart­ment for Indus­tri­al Fur­naces and Heat Engi­nee­ring, various topics are available for advan­ced semi­nar papers, pro­ject papers, bachelor’s and master’s the­ses. The the­ses are aimed at stu­dents of mate­ri­als engi­nee­ring, mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, indus­tri­al engi­nee­ring, pro­cess engi­nee­ring, envi­ron­men­tal engi­nee­ring, phy­sics or com­pu­ter science.

Career Opportunities

At the Depart­ment for Indus­tri­al Fur­naces and Heat Engi­nee­ring the­re are regu­lar vacan­ci­es for rese­arch assistants as well as for stu­dent assistants. All work, both that of the sci­en­ti­fic staff and the stu­dent assistants, takes place in clo­se con­nec­tion with indus­try. Here you can find an over­view of the adver­ti­sed positions.