Failure/Damage Analysis and Services

Paint crater
© Fraunhofer IFAM
Paint crater
© Fraunhofer IFAM
Corrosion test

The properties of laminated materials depend to a considerable extent on the chemical properties and structure of the interfaces in those materials. Damage to such materials is often due to defects at interfaces and surfaces. Fraunhofer IFAM provides a range of services in the area of failure/damage analysis, corrosion protection, and surface pre-treatment of metals, fiber reinforced plastics and polymers in order to investigate the causes of failure/damage and develop measures to prevent further damage.

Example applications

  • Quality assurance concepts for assessing surface properties (cleanliness, pre-treatment, functionalization)
  • Debonding of bonded joints
  • Delamination of coatings, crater formation
  • Optimization of cleaning and pre-treatment processes
  • Corrosion damage


Corrosion protection

  • Corrosion tests in accredited corrosion testing laboratory (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025)
  • Consultancy on corrosion protection measures
  • Corrosion tests on CFRP-metal joints


Surface pre-treatment of metal and non-metal components

  • Corrosion protection coatings
  • Wet chemical cleaning methods
  • Pickling processes
  • Anodization
  • Biofunctional coatings


The range of available analyses includes surface analysis, electron microscopy, electrochemical methods and other informative characterization and test methods.

Due to extensive analytical facilities and in-depth experience of Fraunhofer IFAM it is possible to undertake a diverse range of services in the area of quality assurance and failure/damage analysis at short notice.