Shaping and Functional Materials

The Shaping and Functional Materials Division of Fraunhofer IFAM is operating R&D facilities in Bremen, Dresden, and Oldenburg. It develops customized materials using optimized manufacturing methods and processes.

R&D activities range from materials and shaping processes to the development, functionalization and evaluation of components and systems. This results in customer-specific solutions for a range of industries including automotive, medical technology, aviation and aerospace, environmental and energy technology, machine and plant construction, and the electronics industry.

In Shaping, the focus is on economic and resource-friendly production of highly complex precision components. Building on two core competencies - Powder Technology and Casting Technology - R&D activities aim at increasing the functional density of components. The services include component design,
simulation of shaping processes, implementation in production, and appropriate training of industry personnel.

Functional Materials is about improving or extending the properties and processing of materials. The functional materials can either be integrated directly into the component during the production process or can be applied to surfaces, bestowing upon the component additional or completely new properties such as electrical or sensory functions.

The core competence Sintered, Composite, and Cellular Metallic Materials involves the development and qualification of said materials, as well as power metallurgical processes and sintering techniques. The portfolio is completed with biomaterials, light metals, and functional materials for energy storage and conversion.

Electrical Components and Systems typifies the holistic approach with regards to electromobility. This covers the development of electrical energy storage systems (batteries and hydrogen storage systems), the development of electrical drive technology, and also the testing, evaluation, and optimization of the whole system. The Bremen/Oldenburg model region for electromobility is also developing the basis for new vehicle and traffic concepts. Energy Systems Analysis additionally adresses questions of renewable energies, combined heat and power (CHP), energy-efficient buildings, as well as heat and power networks. A recently established technical training program transfers the latest R&D findings and practical know-how to industrial users.