Other application-specific test methods

The methods presented here for characterization of processes, materials, and components are suitable for a wide range of applications. Fraunhofer IKTS is also building up know-how in special niche applications.

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Test rigs for SOFC fuel cell systems.

Characterization of granules and compactibility of raw materials

With the state-of-the-art facilities at the Center of Excellence in Powder Technology, all process steps from selection of ceramic, metal, and composite materials to treatment and tailoring are supported by qualified characterization methods.

Workability of thermoplastic mixtures

Shaping of thermoplastic mixtures is a core competency at Fraunhofer IKTS and is accomplished with the help of extensive materials and process characterization experience.

Porous materials and membranes

One key area of activity at Fraunhofer IKTS is membrane development and technology. Unique methods for applicationspecific membrane testing (e.g., of permeability and separation behavior) using developed pilot processes and systems are available for this.

Burners and systems for exhaust gas after treatment

Unique characterization methods are employed in the development of high-temperature ceramic materials and components. Characterization of porous materials especially for exhaust gas after-treatment has been driven forward over the last several years through close cooperation with leading manufacturers.

Characterization of catalytic activity

As a basis for energy and environmental systems, characterization of catalytic activity of substances and components generates one-of-a-kind solutions for energy and substance conversion.

Properties of battery components and batteries

All of the relevant characterization methods, especially for lithium-ion, sodium-nickel chloride (ZEBRA), redox flow, and metal-air batteries, are used.

Fuel cell technology

Fraunhofer IKTS is one of the world’s leading institutes in the development of high-temperature fuel cells. With particular focus on SOFC and MCFC technologies, complex characterization methods covering materials through to qualification of prototype systems in the field are available.

Characterization of electrical and dielectric properties at room and elevated temperatures

Controlled adjustment of electrical and dielectric properties allows ceramic materials to be used in a multitude of applications. At Fraunhofer IKTS, knowledge of suitable multiscale characterization methods is supplemented by excellent technical facilities.

Characterization of optical properties

Transparent ceramics and ceramic phosphors can be made in efficient manufacturing processes. Fraunhofer IKTS has the characterization capabilities required for this.