Welcome to the ReCIMP - Research Center for Industrial Metal Processing

The “Research Center for Industrial Metal Processing“ (ReCIMP) was founded in the beginning of 2013. It is supported by Faurecia, an international company specialized on automotive products, the IUL and TU Dortmund University.

The ReCIMP aims at advancing and deepening of scientific knowledge on innovative metal production processes, process chains and hybrid processes, the analysis of new scientific trends in metal processing, and networking with leading research institutes and companies. To reach these aims, the ReCIMP is set up as a central organizational entity which can benefit from the competences of all departments of the IUL. This structure works in close cooperation with Faurecia – especially with the divisions seating and emission control technologies – to ensure the fulfillment of project requirements.

After an initial phase of project specification and identification in which research activities were set up in the fields of


• extension of forming limits,
• advanced high-strength steels,
• alternative production methods,
• flexible production,
• hybrid structures,
• and standards for processing of metal,


several projects are currently in the research phase. Altogether, fourteen separate projects were carried out in 2015, four of which were successfully completed in the same year. One of these was the project “Dry shearing of metal material and polymers”, third-party funded by the AiF/FOSTA. In contrast, two new third-party funded projects started in 2015. The AiF/FOSTA funded projects “Economic manufacturing of weight and load-adapted functional components by incre-mental sheet bulk metal forming” and “Development of simulation strategies for the application of adiabatic cutting in sheet metal part manufacturing in the context of material science”.

Eight researchers and six student researchers were involved in ReCIMP projects in 2015. Furthermore, three master theses, one diploma thesis, and four student research projects were completed and two master theses and six student research projects are still running. This team setup provides an optimal basis for high level research activities and continuous input of new ideas of industrial relevance.