Metallic Materials

A comprehensive understanding of the interactions between microstructure and material properties and their particular optimization through modern manufacturing technologies lies at the heart of the Core Competence Metallic Materials.

Powder Metallurgy

Powdermetallurgical technologies offer unique opportunities for the development of sinter and composite materials with tailored properties and property combinations. The starting point for powder technological solutions is always the material. Through the mixing of powders, materials with the required property profiles can be created. In this way, properties such as hardness, toughness, e-modulus, wear, and thermal expansion can be adapted to the requirements.

Casting Technology

Fraunhofer IFAM possesses comprehensive technological equipment for high-pressure die casting, low-pressure die casting, lost foam casting, and investment casting. Here, aluminum, magnesium, zinc, copper, steel and customer-specific special alloys are processed and special materials like metal-matrix composites are developed and derived for casting technological applications.

Supporting Technologies

The core competence is complemented by the appropriate supporting technologies. This includes, among others, computer simulation and a comprehensive range of metallographic and analytical services with a main focus on powder characterization and rheology as well as radioscopy and computer tomography.


Research Objectives in the Field of Metallic Materials


Learn more about the metallic materials expertise at Fraunhofer IFAM in our different departments


Powder Technology

Process understanding from the powder to component – regarding material, shaping, tolerances, process safety, and specific component requirements.


Casting Technology and Lightweight Construction

The department accompanies industrial clients in the casting technological implementation from idea via first prototype to the usable product.


Sintered and Composite Materials

Developments for the improvement and expansion of the range of properties for materials and components.