The functional configuration of surfaces

Tribology and surface design

Identifying stress and loads which affect the surfaces of components; modifying these surfaces for optimal functionality and performance.

Exposure to stress and loads during the manufacturing process or while in use often affect the component surfaces. Ultimately, such surfaces also frequently define the functionality of a technical system. The Fraunhofer IWM has well-founded know-how, methods and procedures (many created by our in-house experts and specialists) at its disposal with which to define the optimum component surfaces in terms of friction, appearance, wettability, conductivity, topography or adhesion. Modern analysis techniques are used to assess interfaces and surfaces and to determine failure mechanisms. The latest coating technologies or specific surface layer modifications can then be implemented. Computer simulation of layer growth, tribological contacts and adhesion phenomena enables us to optimize layer properties and coating processes. 


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