The Division of Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM is the largest independent research institution in Europe working in the area of industrial adhesive bonding technology. The division has about 300 employees in Bremen and Stade. The R&D work is directed at a variety of industrial sectors including the car, rail vehicle, ship and aircraft manufacturing industries, machinery and plant construction, energy technology, construction sector, electronics industry, microsystem engineering, and medical technology.
The work in the Adhesive Bonding Technology focus area involves the development and characterization of adhesives and matrix resins for fiber composites, the design and simulation of bonded and hybrid joints, as well as the characterization and testing of such joints. The planning and automation of industrial production processes, process reviews, and certified training courses are other services which are provided.
The Surfaces focus area covers plasma technology, paint/lacquer technology, as well as adhesion and interface research. The R&D focus here is on, amongst other things, customized surface modification and functional coatings, methods of early detection of degradation phenomena, validation of aging tests, and inline surface monitoring.
The department automation and production technology is involved with the joining, assembly, and precision processing of large FRP structures. This so closes the gap between the laboratory scale and production scale in the area of FRP technology.