Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FHG) is a non-profit registered contract research organisation linking research and the application of its results.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakesf applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise in all fields of the engineering sciences. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains roughly 80 research units, including 58 Fraunhofer Institutes, at over 40 different locations throughout Germany.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is also active on an international level: Affiliated research centers and representative offices in Europe,the USA and Asia provide contact with the regions of greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.
Fraunhofer IFAM belongs to the association of 58 research institutes of the non-profit making Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The institute is neutral and independent and is one of the largest R&D establishments in Europe in the area of Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces and Shaping and Functional Materials. Over 300 employees are actively engaged in applied R&D work. The scope of the work extends from fundamental research right through to product realisation and support with implementation into product processes. The most important application fields are automotive, aerospace, biomaterials technology, electrical engineering, energy technology, micro-production and medical engineering. In terms of knowledge based multi-functional materials, IFAM specialises in the development of powder based processing technologies. These include metal injection moulding and micro injection moulding, freeform manufacturing (for example laser sintering) and printing technologies (screen printing and inkjet printing). Advanced shaping and sintering technologies allow the processing of a wide range of material classes including specialty metal alloys, functionally graded materials and composites.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg and Halle develops solutions to increase the safety, availability, and ifespan of components and systems ranging from microelectronic devices to power plant components. The Institute develops concepts to make optimum use of new materials as well as cost-effective and environmentally compatible shaping and precision-machining processes.
The main research and development topics include the deformation and failure behaviour of materials and components, the way their strength properties depend on temperature and other ambient conditions, and concepts for assessing defects. Static and highly dynamic impact loads are the most important parameters here. Further topics are machining and surface modifications processes, and developing material models to describe more adequately the processes of production and damage.
The Dresden department “Powder Metallurgy and Composite Materials” of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials (IFAM-DD) develops new sinter and composite materials and offers innovative powder metallurgical technologies. Special expertise can be provided in the following areas:
  • High temperature materials (e.g. intermetallic phases) and special powder metallurgical (PM) materials (e.g. thermoelectric materials)
  • Highly porous materials and fiber metallurgy Metal matrix composites (MMC), PM compound materials and graded materials
  • Tribological investigations and PM materials development
  • Innovative sintering techniques (spark plasma sintering, microwave sintering)
  • Rapid solidification techniques (e.g. melt spinning)
  • Several characterization techniques (thermal analysis, mechanical testing up to 1500°C, tribological testing)
Fraunhofer Institute for
Manufacturing and Advanced Materials (IFAM)
Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen
Telephone: +49 (0) 4 21 / 22 46
Fax: +49 (0) 4 21 / 22 46 3 00
Web URL:
Main contact: Dr Philipp Imgrund
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics
of Materials (IWM)
Wöhlerstraße 11, 79108 Freiburg
Telephone: +49 (0) 761/5142
Fax: +49 (0) 761/5142-110
Web: ,
Main contact: Dr Friedmann Valérie

Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials
(IFAM-DD) Winterbergstrasse 28, 01277 Dresden
Tel: +49 (0) 351 2537 305
Fax: +49 (0) 351 2537 399
Main Contact: Dr Thomas Weissgaerber



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