Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

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The business areas joining, cutting and surface technology are the main foci of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. The research and development activities base on a distinctive know-how in the field of material engineering and nanotechnology and include the possibility of material characterization. The IWS`s special feature is its expertise in combining its know-how with its extensive experience in developing system technologies within the field of film- and laser technology.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Winterbergstr. 28

01277 Dresden


Phone +49 351 83391-0

Fax +49 351 83391-3300

Latest News


Heat shields for economical aircrafts

To make aircrafts more economical, environmentally friendly and robust, Fraunhofer engineers from Dresden have developed a new ceramic heat shield technology. In this process, a powder of yttrium-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) is added to water to form a suspension. Quickly and cost-effectively this liquid powder mixture can be sprayed onto turbine blades or other aircraft parts. Such and similar thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) facilitate aircraft engines, which consume less fuel and do not contaminate the atmosphere as much.
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Stefan Kaskel appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor

Professor Stefan Kaskel received high honors from renowned Tsinghua. The Beijing University appointed him Distinguished Visiting Professor. He was awarded the three-year title on the basis of many years of successful cooperation.
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Further international award for Christoph Leyens

Prof. Christoph Leyens has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for his successful global commitment to Additive Manufacturing. At the beginning of this year, the Director of the Institute of Materials Science at TU Dresden and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS received the award of the same title from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
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Clean lungs thanks to laser process exhaustion

In sectors such as the automotive industry, components can be processed at extremely high speed using the laser remote process. However, this can result in harmful emissions which may cause lung damage. Scientists from the Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS have studied the issue as part of the IGF research project “CleanRemote”. They reduce particles and gases in the air by means of a suction device.
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