Enabling innovative and reliable products

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

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In 1971, our institute started to deal with the wide range of fracture mechanics issues that were new to researchers in Germany at the time. Today, we are a successful Ā»fitness center with emergency facilities for technical materials and componentsĀ« that is now firmly rooted in the field of applied material research in Germany.

Mission statement Fraunhofer IWM: The intelligent use of materials

The intelligent use of materials is the key to future success and investments: our research work enables our customers to produce innovative and reliable products. We contribute to a society that strives for an efficient and sustainable use of energy and resources.

  • We make the mechanisms and processes in materials and material systems manageable by first assessing and describing them as models. This makes it possible to extract more of the potential performance and efficiency from technical systems.
  • We measure materials down to their atomic structures and influence the interactions. This enables us to modify material properties to meet requirements and achieve new functionalities.
  • We scrutinize material systems and manufacturing processes and transfer this knowledge into reliable products and technologies. Together with our partners from the fields of science and business, we develop innovations with a competitive edge.

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