Institute of Applied Powder Metallurgy and Ceramics at RWTH Aachen e. V.

Welcome to
the IAPK.

The IAPK is an institute affiliated with RWTH Aachen, a leading technical university in Germany. We have been carrying out R&D, providing expert consulting and offering many other services in all matters relating to powder metallurgy and technical ceramics since 1987. Today, we continue to operate at the interface between scientific research and practical application. One of our key goals is to establish even stronger connections between science and industry.


11th Tooling 2019
The 11th Tooling Conference & Exhibition took place in Aachen, Germany, from 12-16 May 2019. Every three years, experts representing international research bodies and leading tooling companies gather to discuss all the latest ideas and issues relating to materials development, manufacturing methods and applications in the tooling industry. This year’s gathering at Aachen’s Tivoli Stadium was held under the slogan “Communication along the supply chain in the tooling industry”. The IWM/IAPK booth showcased research areas focusing on simulation and powder metallurgy, with five conference lectures shedding light on current activities in the field of additive manufacturing and heat treatment simulation. IWM/IAPK presented the characteristics of high-speed steel and tungsten carbide-cobalt materials (WC-Co) produced by laser-based manufacturing (LPBF) and also showcased the development of residual stresses and phase transformations in the simulation of technical processes, such as heat treatment, grinding and die casting.

Our areas of expertise.

From powder to components: at the IAPK, we focus on the entire process chain.

Our range of research, development and services encompasses all fields relating to powder metallurgical and ceramic material development and component manufacturing. This includes design and simulation, powder processing and shaping, consolidation via sintering processes, thermal processing and component testing.

Our team places special emphasis on the complex joining techniques of ceramic structural components with metallic and other ceramic components. With the help of computer aided numerical simulations, we also generate lifetime predictions relating to specific operating conditions, such as cyclic loading and elevated temperature loading.

»Whether for the purpose of performing research or providing services, we have permanent access to the state-of-the-art technical equipment of our institute alliance.«

Our Association of Sponsors.

The IAPK is a non-profit organisation that receives support from an Association of Sponsors known as the Förderverein. This association is composed of individuals and companies active in the sector, and its goal is to facilitate and promote the scientific work carried out at the institute. It also functions as a strong and competent network of members, all of whom benefit directly from rapid access to our research findings and active involvement in shaping our research work.

CeramTec GmbH
Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH
TÜV Rheinland AG
Alumina Systems GmbH
3B Fibreglass
Pallas GmbH & Co KG
Stackpole Powertrain International GmbH
Cerobear GmbH
Elgeti GmbH
Hilti AG
Köppern Entwicklungs-GmbH
HIP PM Volker
Goeller Verlag GmbH