The Competence Field of Materials Characterization and Testing deals with the recording of mechanical properties, the structural composition of materials and layer systems as well as their influence by modern manufacturing and processing procedures. Using state-of-the-art testing technology, Fraunhofer IWS researchers are able to generate meaningful data on components within a very short time. Especially in the areas of fatigue and vibration resistance, this screening provides results after only a few days. This time-saving as well as cost-effective short-term diagnostics is also particularly interesting for medium-sized companies.
Another major activitiy of our work is the development and design of novel materials, especially for additive manufacturing and coating technology. Our focus is also on materials for use under extreme conditions such as high temperature, wear or corrosion. In this way, we pursue the goal of increasing the durability of products, improving process efficiency, reducing energy and material consumption, and enabling the substitution of hazardous materials or materials that are difficult to recycle.
As a cross-sectional competence field, we have modern equipment that enables us to serve various technology areas.