The Competence Center for Powder Technology focuses on product design of ceramic, metallic and composite material mixtures. It is the aim of development to manufacture homogeneous products with tailored functionalities: compaction behavior, flowability, structure (homogeneous/graded), electric/magnetic/catalytic properties.
On the basis of the engineering requirements for solids mixtures single components are chosen, homogenized separately or as mixture, milled and prepared as suspension, dry mixture or granulate. The properties can be optimized in a wide range by adjusting the dispersing fluid (water/solvent) and the polymer components (dispersant, binder, lubricant) as well as the technological parameters.
After screening tests and determining the composition, the technological parameters are optimized in laboratory scale. In pilot scale composition and technology as well as reproducibility can be verified. The partner is supported in the manufacturing of small batches and during the market launch by supplying larger masses (100 kg to 10 t). In this process, high purity and inert process conditions (inert gas, explosion-proof) are essential in all process steps of powder preparation.