We answer questions that occur during the quality assurance phase of industrial production or due to failure during service. The scientific investigation of damage to and failures of metals and metallic components is well established within the Fraunhofer IWM. We will build an expert project team customized for your individual task, which will assess the situation and discuss the next steps with you to reach an effective solution. Because time is such an extremely important factor in damage and failure analysis, we handle each project flexibly, confidentially and with a customer-oriented focus. Based on the findings of our assessment and on a no obligation consultation, you will quickly receive an offer.
It is not common for a single event to lead to component damage. Several factors are usually interacting. When engaged in damage analysis, if desired, we not only consider the current cause of damage, but also analyze the entire environment including the material(s) in question, the process chain and operating conditions. We look at the essential mechanical, thermal, corrosive and tribological influence factors as well as behavior under hydrogen atmosphere. Convince yourself of our expertise and let us find tailor-made solutions to your questions together.
How to work with the Fraunhofer IWM
Short notice, fast turnaround damage analysis and failure assessment
In urgent cases we deliver quick turnaround decision-making support by means of specific analytical methods based on a funded assessment.
Combining failure assessment with material and manufacturing process improvements
In medium term projects we evaluate your process chain - in addition to failure assessment - considering the materials you are using to provide suggestions for an overall improvement of product quality.
Failure assessment and representation in court or regarding a large damage sum
Large cases concerning damage or failure in large-scale production are usually associated with high costs and court hearings. We support you with elaborate, substantiated expert opinions or counter-assessments and act on your behalf as an expert assessor in court.
Failure assessment and damage analysis as a chance for innovation
Assessing the causes of failure not only helps to avoid the same thing happening in the future, but can also provide new approaches for innovative product ideas. Our specialists will assist you by evaluating your project ideas by means of material, component and load simulations.