The aviation sector is not exempt from the challenges presented by ever shorter innovation cycles and the increasing performance and manufacturing demands related to efficiency and environmental sustainability. Indeed, companies working in this area not only have to develop new materials and material combinations but also introduce efficient manufacturing and process chains which meet the high safety requirements found in this branch.

Fraunhofer IFAM undertakes research to find solutions to these challenges. Its scientists, including materials experts, mechanical and electrical engineers, chemists and process and plant component specialists, combine their expertise to develop the necessary system solutions. From customized materials, manufacturing technology and surface functionalization through to the characterization and qualification of components and processes, Fraunhofer IFAM, in cooperation with ist clients, is able to find and provide the optimal solution.

Fraunhofer IFAM offers companies in the aviation sector its expertise and innovation in the area of qualification of materials and manufacturing processes:

Examples of Application


Anti-icing coatings

The Paint/Lacquer Technology experts at Fraunhofer IFAM develop tailored coating systems for specific technical tasks.


Winglet with active trailing edge

Research on solutions to maximize wing aerodynamic performance - EU Project SARISTU


Automation and Production Technology

Developing of automates assembly processes for large fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) structures