Focus areas

The Institute of Mineral Processing Machines (IAM) focuses on the research and teaching of the development of energy- and resource-efficient machines for the economic and sustainable processing of primary and secondary raw materials.

Our research fields include:

 
Comminution IAM TU FreibergComminution:

How can crushers be used to energy-efficiently process gigantic stone boulders into precisely dimensioned grit for house construction?
How can super-solid quartz boulders be ground into finest powder without losing a grain of gold?

 
 
 

Classification IAM TU FreibergClassification:

Whether it’s in the raw materials, agricultural, chemistry, or pharmacy sector – sieving is imperative! That’s why we do research into new screening methods or airflow classification.

 
 
 
 

Agglomeration IAM TU FreibergAgglomeration:

Wet agglomeration – an interesting technology for many industrial sectors with various unexplored technological possibilities! The principle is very similar to the rolling of balls for a snowman – albeit strictly scientific, of course ūüėČ
 
 
 
 

Numerical calculation IAM TU FreibergNumerical calculation:

Although there are many experimental opportunities, computer models are sometimes a more suitable solution or just a supplement to better understand certain processes. We model crushing processes by means of the Discrete Element Method (DEM), flows using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), or vibrations via Multi-Body Simulations (MBS).

 
 

Rock characterization IAM TU FreibergRock characterization:

In order to obtain advanced insights into the rock crushing processes, we go into great detail: Through Quantitative Microstructure Analysis (QMA) under the microscope, we are able to make predictions about tool wear and energy requirements for comminution.

 
 
 

Tribological behavior IAM TU FreibergTribological behavior:

Wear is (almost) unavoidable. However, the analysis of the tribological systems enables us to better understand and control the reasons for it.

 
 
 
 
 

Methods of analysis IAM TU FreibergFurther investigations:

Fascinating high-speed camera recordings e.g. can track the bursting of a soap bubble very closely. Laser diffraction makes the measurement of even the smallest particles possible. For the slightly larger ones, the Computerized Particle Analyzer (CPA), which measures particles exactly when they fall down, can help us along.