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