Friction, wear and corrosion cause costs amounting to billions of euros every year in Germany alone. The development of durable, high-performance and resistant tribological systems with the aid of surface refinements is a key factor in saving costs and reducing environmental pollution therefore forms a focus at the Fraunhofer IST. Furthermore, thin, highly resilient sensor layers enable the targeted monitoring of such tribosystems, thereby reducing the risk of failure and, consequently, protecting people and the environment.
Dr.-Ing. Jochen Brand / Head of Department
In order to comply with the increasing requirements in tribological systems, the Fraunhofer IST focuses on material composites consisting of high-tech constituents and material-specific surface finishing. Surface technology offers new approaches to the design of components, and permits the utilization of other materials or even the elimination of lubricants and release agents.
The basic prerequisite for the derivation of an effective solution strategy is the detailed evaluation of the tribosystems under consideration, taking into account all components and the specific operating conditions. Starting from a detailed system analysis, we then develop adapted material and surface solutions for our customers. For this purpose, we employ a wide range of coating technologies and layer materials, which can be evaluated via an application-oriented approach using a wide variety of test methods. Complex requirement profiles can also be fulfilled in this way. The monitoring of components, tools and complete manufacturing processes is a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable production and product use. In highly stressed contact points in particular, sensory functional layers can supply a wide range of information online which can be used specifically for the monitoring or control of processes.
At the Fraunhofer IST, however, we not only work on application and customer-specific solutions for the most diverse sectors but also develop economical, flexible production systems for these. As a result, our customers receive a production chain tailored to their specific requirements for the sustainable, series-production-capable implementation of the developed tribosystem and sensor solutions.
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