Thermal processes have a major impact on the properties of materials, semi-finished products, and components. Lengthy know-how and a comprehensive equipment basis help to provide insight into these complex interactions as a function of temperature, time, and gas atmosphere.
Fraunhofer IKTS is a partner with accredited methods for investigation, modeling, simulation, and optimization of thermal processes. A wide range of thermoanalytical and thermophysical methods and equipment can be used individually, in combination, or directly coupled to each other. Thermodynamic phase equilibrium calculations are employed for predicting phase formation and transformations as well as interactions between materials/components and the furnace atmosphere. With this information, the energy and cost efficiency of processes and the materials properties can be analyzed and optimized. The know-how applied towards these tasks extends far beyond ceramic and PM materials and processes. Problems concerning ceramics, hard materials (e.g., borides), hardmetals, cermets, and, to a lesser extent, polymers, glasses, metals, alloys, biomaterials, foams, and composites are treated.
Accredited measuring stations
Non-accredited measuring stations