Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

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Powder Technology

Our expertise here extends from the powder to the product on all matters concerning the materials, shaping, pocess reliability, as well as special requirements.

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Sintered, Composite, and Cellular Metallic Materials

The development of materials with customized properties and combinations of properties and efficient manufacturing technologies are key activities.

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Adhesive Bonding

This core competence involves the development and characterization of adhesives, the design and simulation of bonded and hybrid joints, as well as the characterization, testing, and qualification of such joints.

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Surface Technology

Our expertise covers the whole process chain of surface technology from materials‘ development to the characterization and evaluation of surfaces, their functionalization and modification, and on to various application methods.

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Casting Technology

Fraunhofer IFAM supports industrial customers in the area of casting technology, from the initial idea to the final product. A variety of casting processes and materials are available for specific tasks.

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Electrical Components and Systems

Fraunhofer IFAM adopts a system research approach in this area, whereby individual technologies and components are always considered and developed in relation to the whole system, for example an electric car.

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Fiber Reinforced Plastics

The expertise of Fraunhofer IFAM in the area of glass fiber, carbon fiber, and also natural fiber reinforced plastics ranges from resin development, component design and manufacture, as well as surface modification through to technologies for automated machining and assembly.

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The Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important research institutions in Europe for adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials. At our institute’s five locations – Bremen, Dresden, Oldenburg, Stade and Wolfsburg – we put our central principles into practice: scientific excellence, a focus on the application of technology, measurable utility for customers and ensuring the highest quality.

Our more than 600 employees, working in 23 departments, combine their broad technological and scientific knowledge and expertise into seven core competencies: Powder Technology; Sintered, Composite, and Cellular Metallic Materials; Adhesive Bonding Technology; Surface Technology; Casting Technology; Electrical Components and Systems; and Fiber Reinforced Plastics. These core competencies - both individually and in combination with each other – are not only the basis of our strong position in the research market but also of future-forward developments that will be useful for society.

Most of the products, processes, and technologies we develop are for sectors where sustainability is particularly important, namely for the aviation industry, automotive sector, energy and environment, medical technology and life sciences. The solutions developed at Fraunhofer IFAM are, however, also used in various other branches of industry including machinery and plant construction, electronics and electrical engineering, shipbuilding, rail vehicle manufacture, the packaging industry, and the construction sector.



A step towards independence from fossil resources

Instead of happening as a result of one big discovery, independence from fossil resources will most likely take place gradually. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen have succeeded in taking another step in this direction. The scientists are now able to produce a paint primer on the basis of lignin, which, for example, can be obtained from plant residues. It is free of petrochemical raw materials and therefore has a significantly improved CO2 balance.


futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

On November 14th, 2017, the Fraunhofer focus project, futureAM, was launched in Aachen under the auspices of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Six project partners – the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM as well as the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord – have set themselves a clear goal: Over the next three years, they will work closely together to secure the prerequisites for significant technological leaps in additive manufacturing with metallic materials (metal AM).


Fraunhofer IFAM expands its R&D work on "Coatings for protection against corrosion and marine growth"

Preventing corrosion and its consequences is a key issue in most industries because the cost of corrosion in Germany alone amounts to billions of euros. In addition, the marine growth on surfaces is a huge challenge for shipping, offshore wind turbines, and underwater steel structures. Fraunhofer IFAM has many years of experience developing effective corrosion protection systems and antifouling strategies.


Fraunhofer Institutes develop non-destructive quality test for hybrid cast components

Lightweight design is increasingly applying trend-setting hybrid structures made of fiber composite materials and lightweight metal alloys, combining the advantages of both types of materials in hybrid construction techniques. In the current state of the art, the joints are bonded or riveted. In recent years at Fraunhofer IFAM, a new type of joining technology has been developed for various types of hybrid joints in high pressure die casting.

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Annual Report 2016/2017