Industrial solutions

Quick introduction

Ceramic solutions for foundry industry

The demands placed on the production of castings in terms of quality, price structure, reliability and variety of shapes are constantly increasing. Fraunhofer IKTS develops high-performance ceramic materials that make a decisive contribution to meeting these demands. In addition, Fraunhofer IKTS has extensive expertise in the development and implementation of customer-specific test systems. Thus, solutions for high-performance materials and reliable production and quality monitoring can be realized.

High-temperature stability and wear protection

Ceramic high-performance materials have exceptional resistance to high temperatures, wear and corrosion. This makes them ideal for a wide range of foundry applications. Fraunhofer IKTS has a broad knowledge and many years of experience in designing, manufacturing and joining of ceramic components.


Ceramic protection plates for dross separators


Non-contact melting with porous ceramic crucibles


Cost-effective zirconium oxide filters for melt cleaning


Ceramic molds for improved cooling processes


Porous ceramic inserts for highly stressed cast components


Gas-permeable ceramics for stabilizing plant components

Quality assurance

Fraunhofer IKTS is working on ultrasonic inspection systems with which cast components can be inspected partially or fully automatically. The aim is to reduce inspection costs by shortening throughput times and improving inspection reliability. In addition, special marking solutions are being developed that can withstand even high temperatures without affecting the properties of the component.


Non-destructive testing of castings


Individual marking of heat-treated metal components