Institute for Manufacturing Technologies of Ceramic Components and Composites

Our technical equipment.

Coating Technologies

  • High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Spraying (HVOF) able to process powders and suspensions
  • Processing of nano powders is possible
  • System TopGun™; fuelled with acetylene, ethene, propane, hydrogen and kerosene
  • Atmospheric Plasma Spraying (APS). Diverse DC based single cathode torches (GTV F1, F4, F6); three cathode torch (GTV Magnum)
  • Plasma gases: argon, helium, hydrogen and nitrogen
  • Electric wire arc spraying
  • Three spray cabinets with 6 axis industrial robots
  • All cabinets are equipped with PLC: Siemens S7
  • Lacquer spray cabinet with 6 axis robot for application of polymer based coatings
  • Grit blasting devices for substrate pre-treatment


  • In-situ diagnostic: infrared online thermography and pyrometry
  • Particle inflight diagnostic (PID): SprayWatch

Systems engineering

  • Spray dryer
  • Hydraulic press 100 t; cold dry and warm pressure molding
  • Injection molding machine
  • Kneader


  • Ball mill
  • Bead mill

Grinding Tools

  • Kugelmühle
  • Trommelmühle
  • Perlmühle

High temperature treatment

  • High temperature chamber kiln with graphite heating elements up to 2500 °C, 80l packing space
  • Special chamber kiln for controlled pyrolysis up to 1100 °C
  • chamber kiln with hydrogen atmosphere
  • Chamber kiln for graphitising
  • Tube kiln with controller, vacuum pump and thermostat
  • Elevator kiln for oxide ceramics
  • Tempering kiln
  • Ceramic kiln


  • Dilatometer
  • Rheometer
  • Hg-Porosimeter
  • BET-Porosimeter
  • Powder size characterisation
  • Zeta master
  • Surface roughness measurements
  • Dynamic micro hardness measurements 4 mN to 1000 mN load
  • Vickers hardness testing HV0,1 - HV10, also used for toughness measuring
  • Impedance spectroscopy / electrochemical workstation
  • Wetting angle and surface energy measurements
  • Thermal analysis; DSC, DTA, TG


  • Thin section preparation
  • Image analysis for microscopy
  • Light microscopy, polarised light microscopy
  • scanning electron microscope Hitachi S-800 (FE-SEM, fully digitized)

Materials and Component Testing

  • Universal testing machine Zwick Z100/TL3A
  • Tribometry, Pin on Disc, oscillating and rotating
  • 3D coordinate measuring machine
  • High Voltage testing device
  • Residual stress analysis, micro hole drilling method
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