All analysis, inspection and test procedures for surface characterization from a single source
The characterization and evaluation of surfaces by means of chemical, electrochemical and structural analyses provides valuable information about their quality and properties. Many technical properties and functions, such as adhesion, wetting behavior, corrosion, biocompatibility, friction, catalysis or appearance, depend primarily on the chemical and morphological structure of the outermost surface of the material in question. Optimization of these properties therefore requires detailed knowledge of the chemical composition and topographical properties of the surface.
Fraunhofer IFAM offers all testing and inspection procedures as well as accredited testing laboratories for materials testing, corrosion testing, paint technology, materialography, and analytics, among others.
In addition, the institute also has testing and inspection facilities under near-operational environmental conditions in List on Sylt, at the "Alte Weser" lighthouse, on the deep-sea island of Heligoland, and on the Brocken in the Harz mountains. An ice laboratory with an integrated wind tunnel is available for the application-oriented simulation of icing scenarios, e. g. for aviation or wind energy applications.
The evaluation of surface properties is supplemented by various computer-aided simulation methods and significant inspection and testing capabilities.