Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik(IWM)



  • Contract deposition


  • Tools
  • Machine and vehicle components
  • Decorative surfaces
  • Architectural glass, displays, solar
  • Optical device construction, photonics
  • Sensor and microsystem technology, smart systems
  • Medical technology and life sciences

Member since: 2012

Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik(IWM)

Wöhlerstrasse 11
79108 Freiburg (Germany)

+49 761 5142 244

+49 761 5142 202

Dr. Frank Burmeister
(Leiter Funktionale Schichtmaterialien)


The Fraunhofer IWM is a research and development partner for industry and public contracting bodies, which focuses upon the topics of reliability, safety, durability, lifetime and functionality of materials in components and manufacturing processes.

»Mechanics of materials« at the Fraunhofer IWM includes any and all aspects of function, behavior and properties of materials during their development, fabrication, processing and application. Based on the expertise of the institute, the properties, functions and performance limits of the client’s materials and components can be assessed, adjusted and improved.

The guiding principle of the Fraunhofer IWM is to enable innovative and reliable technical components and manufacturing processes through solutions which realize the optimized use of material properties and new material functions.

The expertise provided by the Fraunhofer IWM is especially effective in situations in which materials in components and manufacturing processes are subjected to complex load conditions as well as when performance and functionality improvements can only be realized via in-depth knowledge and an integrated, comprehensive approach.

Work at the Fraunhofer IWM spans all materials for businesses from every industry sector as well as for public institutions. Clients are comprised of manufacturers and users of highly stressed materials and components, who require increased performance and/or new functionalities from their systems.

Fraunhofer IWM Business Units

Materials Design:

Multiscale, experimental and computational design of materials for multifunctional tasks. Focus areas are functional coating materials, micro- and mesomechanics, material modeling.

Manufacturing Processes:

Innovative manufacturing processes for precision contours and functional components with defined property profiles. Focus areas are powder and fluid systems, forming processes, machining processes and glass forming.


Solutions for reducing friction and for abrasion protection for bearings, seals and drive systems. Focus areas are micro tribology, tribological simulations, technical ceramics, lubricants, tribological coatings.

Component Safety and Lightweight Construction:

Qualification of materials and components for mobility, energy, machinery and engineering. Focus areas are safety and lifetime analysis, crash simulation, joints, composite materials.

Assessment of Materials, Lifetime Concepts:

Reliable systems for energy conversion and energy storage, material qualification for power plant technology. Focus areas are microstructure modeling, lifetime prediction, material models, hydrogen embrittlement, damage analysis.