Founding Idea

In the faculties for construction engineering, mechanical engineering, mining, metallurgical engineering and geological science of the Rhenish-Westphalian Technichal University, there are powerful institutes, which deal with steel research and application. The research tasks and result expectations of industrial partners demand an increasing multidisciplinary cooperation above the special fields. Furthermore, a coherent regarding of manufacturing, treatment and appliction of materials with a direct practice referance is necessary for the teaching. Therfore, the following institutes merged to the non commercial society called "Zentrum Metallische Bauweisen (zmb) e.V."

  • Institut für Bildsame Formgebung (IBF)
  • Institut für Eisenhüttenkunde (IEHK)
  • Institut für Kraftfahrwesen (IKA)
  • Institut für Schweißtechnik und Fügetechnik (ISF)
  • Lehrstuhl für Stahl- und Leichtmetallbau (STB)
  • Werkstoffwissenschaften (WW, now IOT)

The association of these institutes leads to a coupling of professional competencies of various fields and by that offers the possibility to present closed process chains in intimate co-operation, beginning from material choice up to the finished product.



In the Centre for Metallic Design research-, education- and information activities, especially for new solutions in steel, are bundled. In alternating exhibitions, demonstration objects are presented to the university public and to experts. In practice-oriented research projects the development, manufacturing and examination of innovative large-size components out of steel and composite steels as well as the development of lightweight components is performed in multidisciplinary co-operation. For students of various fields and for skilled workers with practice, in teaching and further education courses the developed solutions are presented and discussed.


Activities up to the opening

First ideas regarding a Centre for Metallic Design (ZMB) emerge from the materials forum of the RWTH Aachen

Founding of a non-commercial association "Centre for Metallic Design" (ZMB e.V.)

The building plot is available at Melaten. Colloquium to present the project ZMB

Establishment of different ZMB demonstration points in the individual institutes

Planning of the ZMB demonstration centre

Request for construction and ensuring of the financing of the building project by the "Stiftung Stahlanwendungsforschung e.V." and the "FOSTA - Forschungsvereinigung Stahlanwendung e.V. "
Beginning of construction of the Centre for Metallic Design

Opening and use of the Centre for Metallic Design

Opening of the enhanced ZMB building


For further information a Brochure (in German) is available.


Organisation structure

  • full members
  • associated members
  • honorary members
  • members assembly
  • management board
  • advisory board



Central equipment

Bending Machine Truma Bend V50

Press force: 500 kN
Bending length: 1275 mm



The ZMB is a construction of the building- and land registry office NRW Aachen with financial participation


Planning: PSP GmbH, Berlin und Aachen
Project Management: Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Aachen
Fulfillment: Generalunternehmer Fa. Berrisch Schlüsselfertigbau
Examination: Prof. G. Hanswille, Wuppertal



last update 18.11.2013 || printable version