Our industrialised society needs materials to construct buildings and production plants, for mechanical engineering, for transportation and communication technology, and for the generation of electricity and heat and the transport of these. The task of the Materialography, Fractography and Ageing of Engineered Materials division is to evaluate in materialographic terms semi-finished products and components made of metallic and ceramic materials, as well as composite materials that such components are made of.

This encompasses structural properties in volumes, changes to the surface caused by surrounding substances (corrosion, ageing), coatings, and an assessment of fracture surfaces (fractography) in the context of damage analysis. The analysis of structures, phases and layer systems is conducted using techniques ranging from optical methods, electron microscope analysis and transmission electron microscopy.

Contact Dr. rer. nat. Ax­el Kranzmann