Materials and Processes
Harnessing complexity in materials
We have more than 40 years of experience in the field of materials science, both in academia and industry. Our understanding and passion for materials will help you to trust the material in your component.
Modern applications require higher loads on the systems, pushing the material to its limits. Our material knowledge enables safe design to the load capacity limit of the material.
Discover your Atoms
Modern atomistic simulations open up the world of atomic structures to you. Discover your material on the smallest length scales and gain new insights. Use this expertise to optimize your components with less experimental effort.
Accelerate Development Times
Computed tomography is particularly suitable for taking a closer look at your materials and components in the early phase of development.
We use modern image analysis tools, static and mathematical methods to analyse your components. The versatile and quantitative analysis methods increase component understanding and accelerate the development processes.
Make Product Decisions
A traceable and clear interpretation is the basis for sustainable and thoughtful decisions. We incorporate 40 years of experience in industry and materials science into every analysis of CT data. With our technical network, we can provide comprehensive interpretations to answer your questions.
Preserve Product Knowledge
Our reports ensure quantitative and comprehensible documentation of your CT analyses. The documentation is suitable for customer presentations, quality reports and decision-making in the development process.
Process Optimization and Quality Assurance
Computed tomography is the most effective technology for holistic and non-destructive testing of components along the process chain. The data set enables the investigation of geometric features or material properties depending on the process parameters and help to better understand the process.
Quantify Process Influences
A complete digital twin of the component enables analysis and evaluation according to international norms or self-developed standards. In this way, geometric deviations, material defects or material structures can be quantified. These data and findings can be evaluated and correlated depending on the process chain.
Derive Quality Criteria
Derived process structure relationships increase process and material understanding along the process chain. New quality criteria for robust and optimized processes can be derived based on such findings.
Material Analysis with CT
Porosities in Materials
In most casting processes, pores and internal defects cannot be avoided due to the production process. Modern X-ray computed tomography can characterize these material defects on their size, shape, and geometry. This data allows the classification of the pores according to their mode of origin, such as shrinkage, gas precipitation or thermal distortion.
Fiber Reinforced Concrete
The high strength of fiber reinforced concrete is achieved by the addition of steel fibers and a low porosity. Computed tomography enables the quantitative characterization of porosity and fiber orientation in the material. Based on these findings, concrete quality can be controlled and development loops accelerated.
X-rays are attenuated as they pass matter. The ability to penetrate materials depends on the material-specific absorption coefficient and the energy of the incident X-rays. The resulting absorption contrast allows for the visualization of material phases and density differences. This makes it possible to quantitatively analyze thickness and surface defects of the anodized surface layer － without destroying the component.
The high resolution of industrial computed tomography (iCT) enables detailed characterization of solder joints, clamping contacts or material defects in electronic components. It can also be used to examine areas that are not directly accessible. The non-destructive nature of iCT scans can be used to quantitatively assess quality of material and joints.