Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
Core competencies are the scientific and technical foundation of the Fraunhofer IWM. They are the 'tools of the trade' that enable our business units to take an interdepartmental approach when dealing with issues related to the mechanics of materials.
Why work with us
We improve resource and energy efficiency
The well-established link between experimentation and simulation at the Fraunhofer IWM provides an excellent basis for solving materials technology issues, particularly where resource or energy savings during manufacture and in use are concerned.
We increase durability and reliability, we push the boundaries
The Fraunhofer IWM uses its understanding of material behavior to assess materials and components under a wide range of environmental conditions and loads: this leads to increased durability, reliability and availability of components, systems and entire plants.
The Fraunhofer IWM uses the latest materials science and technology findings to increase material and component performance levels and create innovative functionalities.
We virtualize materials developments
For the virtual development and assessment of materials and components, the institute works with advanced multiscale simulations on the nano, micro and macro level or develops the appropriate models.
We comprehensively consider materials and manufacturing
The institute is competent in the consistent modeling and simulation of materials, components and manufacturing processes. This leads to concrete solutions for improving manufacturing processes and to the development of new processes. The development of and changes to material properties along a chain of different manufacturing stages can be predicted for entire manufacturing processes.