Organization

Our business units (departments) are oriented upon materials-related research and development topics and the impacts upon a product's life cycle. In each phase the Fraunhofer IWM provides sustainable and innovative solutions for product and technology development processes. Each business unit has a clearly defined contextual focus, these being Materials Design, Manufacturing Processes, Tribology, Component Safety and Lightweight Construction and Assessment of Materials, Lifetime Concepts. The Fraunhofer IWM business units address central research themes which are related to energy and resource efficiency.

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Fraunhofer IWM Business Units

 

Materials Design

Multiscale, experimental and computational design of materials for multifunctional tasks. Focus areas are functional coating materials, micro- and mesomechanics, material modeling.

 

Manufacturing Processes

Innovative manufacturing processes for precision contours and functional components with defined property profiles. Focus areas are powder and fluid systems, forming processes, machining processes and glass forming.

 

Tribology

Solutions for reducing friction and for abrasion protection for bearings, seals and drive systems. Focus areas are micro tribology, tribological simulations, technical ceramics, lubricants, tribological coatings.

 

Component Safety and Lightweight Construction

Qualification of materials and components for mobility, energy, machinery and engineering. Focus areas are safety and lifetime analysis, crash simulation, joints, composite materials.

 

Assessment of Materials, Lifetime Concepts

Reliable systems for energy conversion and energy storage, material qualification for power plant technology. Focus areas are microstructure modeling, lifetime prediction, material models, hydrogen embrittlement, damage analysis.

Budget Fraunhofer IWM 

The Fraunhofer IWM budget consists of an operational budget and an investment budget. The Fraunhofer IWM’s operational budget has continued to grow and amounted to 19 million euros in 2016; the investment budget was 1.3 million euros in 2014.

The operational budget consists of all personnel and material expenses which are financed through external revenue and institutional funding (basic funding). The industrial revenue covered 44 percent of the operational budget in 2016. 

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