The characterization of metal powders, the starting materials for all powder-based processes, as well as components is the prerequisite for a constant process and component quality.
Since 1998, Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden operates part of its laboratories as accredited test laboratory according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and is regularly inspected by DAkkS.
The accreditation is an internationally recognised proof of competence and includes among others technical competence, quality management, impartiality and confidentiality of the data.
As a prerequisite for high-quality results, measuring instruments are frequently checked by recognised calibration laboratories. The laboratory also regularly participates in proficiency tests and round robin tests.
The main focus of the institute‘s work is powder metallurgy and composite materials. The extensive experience of the laboratory is a result of the wide range of materials used and the diverse requirements on processing properties for the different fields of application.
The laboratory is involved in the research and development of projects carried out at the institute in the fields of energy technology, aviation, medical technology and automotive, among others.
The services of the accredited test laboratory include standardised procedures with the following focal points:
• Characterisation of powders and sintered materials
• Elemental analysis
• Mechanical testing
• Determination of the thermal coefficient of linear expansion
Besides the services of the accredited test laboratory, Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden offers a multitude of further analysis methods for powders and sintered materials.