Sintering and Characterization


Extensive sintering and analysis know-how in this research field is concentrated at both the Hermsdorf and the Dresden location. With diverse characterization methods, thermodynamic and kinetic modelling, and extensive furnace equipment from the laboratory to the pilot scale as a basis, targeted development of materials, components, and processes is possible.

Existing methods range from particle and suspension characterization and ceramographic sample preparation using conventional and ion beam-based techniques to quantitative phase and microstructural analysis. In addition, a wide range of thermoanalytical and thermophysical characterization techniques and methods for tribological, mechanical, and electrical characterization are available. Mastery of these sophisticated analytical methods is coupled to detailed process know-how as well as materials and scientific knowledge, enabling well founded interpretation of results.

We also test electrical devices and equipment in accordance with national and international standards as well as customer-specific requirements and possess a wide range of possibilities for environmental simulation and calibration of measurement systems.


Services offered


Development projects and individual contracts for characterization of powder metallurgical and ceramic feed stocks and materials as well as for heat treatment of materials and components:

  • Particle characterization from micro- to nanoscale
  • Application-specific suspension characterization for all concentrations
  • Determination of thermoanalytical and thermophysical characteristics
  • Investigation of sintering behavior of materials and components
  • Design, execution, and optimization of heat treatments, including scale-up to industrial scale
  • Characterization of materials and components in terms of microstructure, phase composition, and  mechanical and tribological properties
  • Testing of electrical devices and equipment (CE and GS marks, in cooperation with TÜV and VDE)
  • Simulation of environmental effects (temperature, climate, mechanical loads, corrosion)
  • Component failure analysis and consulting on use of ceramic materials
  • Calibration of measuring devices (length, temperature, electrical measurement parameters)
  • Consulting on quality and environmental management systems