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Metallic Materials

Process improvement

Laser weld: element distribution, enlarged view
Laser weld: element distribution
  • Development of advanced manufacturing processes: welding, brazing, coating, heat treatment > tailored mechanical properties
  • Surface treatment (e.g. sandblasting, shot peening)
  • Evaluation of mechanical properties after process improvement

Mechanical testing of materials

Low-cycle fatigue (LCF) test, enlarged view
Low-cycle fatigue (LCF) test
  • Steel, aluminium-, copper-, nickelbase- and titanium alloys, metallic and ceramic coatings
  • Cyclic deformation behaviour of metallic materials
  • LCF, HCF, specialized mechanical testing methods up to 1100 °C
  • Experimental validation of design analysis tools
  • Wear and friction testing up to 900 °C
  • Acoustic emission analysis

Analysis and assessment of failure mechanisms

Friction and wear test at 650 °C, enlarged view
Friction and wear test at 650 °C
  • Base materials and coatings, components
  • Fractography: light microscopy and scanningelectron microscopy (VP-SEM)
  • Microstructure and chemical composition: energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX)
  • 3D surface topography analysis (confocal and interferometry technique)