Institute of Machine Components (IMA)

Research and Teaching in Drive Technology, Sealing Technology, Railway Drive Technology, Reliability Engineering, CAD

The institute's philosophy encompasses a close interaction between the areas of research, teaching and industry, with the highest value being placed on the practical relevance of research at the IMA. Students are provided with a modern and practical education.

Philosophy of IMA

The Institute of Machine Components (IMA) is an institute with approx. 40 academic employees of the Faculty of Design, Production and Automotive Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

The Institute for Machine Components has worked together with numerous industrial partners on more than 60 projects in recent years. In our research areas drive technology, CAD, sealing technology and reliability technology we have successfully cooperated with companies such as Audi, BMW Motorsport, Bosch, Daimler AG, INPRO-Seal (USA), Krauss-Maffei, Liebherr, Loctite, Mannesmann, Porsche, Siemens Bahntechnik, Thyssen Bahntechnik, Voith and ZF.

Institut für Maschinenelemente
Institut für Maschinenelemente

The Institute of Machine Components (IMA) keeps close contact to several companies in the form of

  • Expertise advice
  • Management consultance
  • Consulting
  • Coaching
  • Training & Seminars
  • 10 Courses
  • Numerous student research projects and theses
  • 530 Bachelor students
  • 200 Master students
  • 2016: 35 Research projects, 27 Third-party funded positions (DFG, AiF, FKM, FVA, ...), 8 UNI positions
  • 2016: 8 Industrial projects (Daimler, Bosch, Festo,...), Technology Transfer

Contact Institute of Machine Components (IMA)

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Andreas Nicola

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Head of Institute


Institute of Machine Components (IMA)

Pfaffenwaldring 9, 70569 Stuttgart

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