Materials Characterization

The Materials Characterization department concentrates on laying the technical groundwork for carrying out materials characterization, whether it involves researching physical test and measurement principles or developing industrial-scale inspection systems. To enhance and further develop nondestructive testing processes used in materials characterization, the department focuses on merging various processes, improving spatial resolution and optimizing the inspection methods, with an emphasis on contactless measurements.

The testing methods are used in the development and production of new high-performance materials such as smart materials that feature sensor and actuator functionality, as well as multifunction, functionally graded, lightweight, fiber reinforced and other materials that have been in use for years. This involves not only metallic materials, but also construction materials. Miniaturized technology also allows the characterization of materials in microelectronics and micro systems.

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Railway
  • Energy
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Conventional Power Plants
    • Renewable Energies
    • Crude Oil / Natural Gas
  • Civil Engineering
  • Metal Production and Processing
  • Recycling
  • Packaging
  • Plant Engineering
  • Petrol Chemistry

  • Electromagnetic Methods
  • Magnetic Flux Leakage
  • Magnetic Field Sensor Systems
  • Ultrasound
  • Eddy Current
  • Microwaves / Radar
  • Development of Material-specific Methods

  • Micromagnetics
    - 3MA
    - 3MA - X8 (multi-channel system)
    - Magnetic point probe
    - Barkhausen- and Eddy Current Microscope (BEMI)
  • Stress detection / Residual stress inspection
    - Hardness, hardening depth and microstructure inspections
    - Sensor-based magnetic flux leakage inspection (based on Hall probes and  GMR sensors)
  • Showcase inspection systems
    - BetoFlux
    - Fluxi
  • Ultrasound
    - EMAT
    - Piezo
    - Phased Array
    - Sampling Phased Array
  • Microwave / radar inspection
  • Hybride inspection systems
    - MAGNUS (combination of micromagnetic methods and EMAT)
  • Layer thickness assessment
  • (Surface) crack detection (imaging, covered cracks as well)
  • Tension wire fissure detection and assessment (in concrete)
  • Magnetic hysteresis measurement
  • Characterization of slight-magnetic materials
  • Texture inspection, high-temperature inspection
  • Material purity
  • Characterization of imperfections
  • Feasibility studies
  • Project development / Project coordination
  • System development
  • Innvovation consulting

Department Assistant

Ms. Rosemarie Bettinger

Phone +49 681 9302-3853
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