- Failure analysis
- Research- and development projects
- Macro- and microstructure analysis
- Quasi-static and cyclic material-, component testing
- Tribological and corrosive testing
- Component and implant testing
The labortatories of the institute of material science dispose of a modern device equipment which allows to examine the quasi-static and cyclic properties of different materials and material states. For quasi-static loads universal test machines, for cyclic loads mechanical and servo-hydraulic machines are used. A superposition with chemical and tribological loads is possible.
Regarding the investigation of chemical and tribological properties of materials suitable corrosion, sliding wear, fretting, fretting-fatique and cavition test stands are available.
A microscopic analysis of materials, material states and fracture surfaces is carried out through light microscopes, which are connected to a modern image processing system. The presentation at higher magnifications is done by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). For further metallurgical investigations the institute of material science owns a transmission electron microscope with suitable chemical (electrolytic etching) and physical (ion beam etching) specimen preparation.
Mechanical material testing
Chemical material testing
chemical testing (inc. measurement of pH number and oxygen content)
Test station measurement of current density - potential, polarisation- resistance
Tribological material testing
Test station, simultaneous measurement of mechanical properties of stents under quasi-static
and cyclic load and corrosion potential