I.A.R. – The Department of Processing and Recycling, RWTH Aachen University, is one of Europe´s leading research departments, specialized in the development of sustainable waste management,processing technologies and recycling systems. The Chair of Processing and Recycling of Solid Waste Materials offers not only top level teaching courses, as well as research and development (R&D) for new treatment processes, but also a variety of external services for industry clients and companies in the waste management industry, such as technical assistance and “trouble shooting” in existing processingplants. These services include pilot scale testing of a wide variety of different treatment techniques with miscellaneous input materials in the technical centre of the I.A.R. department.
Since most of the available equipment is mobile, experiments can also be carried out on-site at the respective waste treatment plant, for instance in order to characterize material streams or to establish material flow mass balances of a complete process. In addition, the department offers a range of advisory services in order to optimize the operation of waste treatment processes. Highly sophisticated analytical tests enable the characterisation of complex material mixtures, todetermine product quality and the efficiency of existing treatment processes.