Test equipment
Fields of activity Test equipment
B1 Glass
Strength of glass (ESG, TVG, VSG,…) Ball drop devices
Bending testing machines 10 kN, 20 kN and 200 kN
2 pendulum impact testers (also for external testing)
Durability of glass (IGU, LSG) climatic chamber (2 m³ volume)
Irradiation device (UV)
Residual oxygen analyzers
Light-technical characteristic value determination UV / VIS / NIR spectrometer
FTIR spectrometer
Gas loss rate measurement (IGU) Gas chromatographs
B2 Mineral building materials
Strength of mineral building materials compression testing machines 300 kN, 600 kN, 5 MN and 10 MN
Portal test device (components) with 1000 kN (tension+compression)
Bending testing machines 10 kN, 20 kN and 200 kN
Tensile adhesion tester 10 kN
Conditioning of mineral building materials Climatic cabinet (up to -40 °C)
Heating cabinets (up to +300 °C)
B3 Components
Determination of mechanical parameters compression testing machines 300 kN, 600 kN, 5 MN and 10 MN
Strength of components made of glass, mineral building materials, etc. Portal test device (components) with 1000 kN (tension+compression)
Other testing equipment
Abrasive testing sieve testing machines (ROTAP)
Fields of activity Test equipment
Mechanical Plastics Testing Universal Testing Machines Puncture testing device
arch elongation testing equipment
Testing equipment for impact, bending, tensile, compression and torsion tests
in the temperature range from -50 °C to 250 °C
Hardness testing equipment
Force measurement platform
Creep modulus testing equipment
Servo-hydraulic testing machines
Thermal plastic testing climate, heat and cold chambers
HDT, Vicat, Martens
Glow rod testing
Muffle furnace up to 1200 °C
Electrical plastics testing High voltage testing equipment up to 200 kV
Impedance spectroscopy for the determination of dielectric material properties from 1 mHz to 1 MHz
High voltage loss factor measuring bridge
Tera-ohmmeter up to 1015 Ohm
Current meters up to 10-12 A
High and low voltage arc resistance
Tracking resistance
Plastics analysis Microscopy, microtomy, image analysis
DSC, viscometer, MVR, MFR
FT-IR spectrometer with ATR unit
Gas chromatograph
Weathering Suntest devices for artificial irradiation
Component testing Pipe testing equipment
Pressure surge test facility
Oxygen diffusion test rig
Ball drop tester
Flow test facility
Specimen preparation presses for thermoset processing
Mechanical specimen processing machines
Fields of activity Test equipment
F1 Microstructure
Light microscopy Light microscopes Leitz Aristomet, Leica DM LA, Keyence VX399 and Leica MZ 7-5 with high-resolution digital cameras including digital image archiving and documentation

Digital macrophotography laboratory

Leica MZ 7.5 stereomicroscope

Keyence VHX-600 digital microscope

Small load hardness tester Leco M-400-H1 (HV 0.01 to HV 1)

Hardness tester Struers DuraScan-70 (HV 0.1 to HV 10)
Digital image analysis with modules for quantitative phase analysis, grain size determination, particle size measurement and porosity determination (also according to VDG P201)

Metallographic separation equipment and devices for metallographic section preparation and for ambulatory metallography
Scanning electron microscopy Scanning electron microscope (SEM) Zeiss DSM 962 with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) Noran Vantage and EBSD system HKL Channel 5 / Nordlys 2

Scanning electron microscope (SEM) Zeiss EVO 60 XVP with EDX system Oxford Inca 350
F2 Microanalysis
Scanning electron microscopy Scanning electron microscope (SEM) Zeiss DSM 962 with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) Noran Vantage

Scanning electron microscope (SEM) Zeiss EVO 60 XVP with EDX system Oxford Inca 350 and EBSD system HKLChannel 5 / Nordlys 2
Specimen preparation metallographic separation equipment, Equipment for metallographic specimen preparation
Sample preparation for SEM sputter deposition equipment for non-conductive SEM samples (carbon and gold)
Sample preparation for EBSD equipment for metallographic cut preparation and non-embedded samples, equipment for vibratory polishing
Transmission electron microscopy (shared use of equipment working group Prof. Kleebe/ Applied Geosciences) Transmission electron microscope (TEM) CM20 with EDX system Oxford Inca 350
Specimen preparation for TEM device for grinding thin foils, Electropolishing unit TenuPol-5 with cooling unit for the use of different electrolytes
F3 X-ray analysis
Residual stress and retained austenite measurement Mobile diffractometer Stresstech G3R
X-ray phase analysis X-ray diffractometer Rigaku SmartLab SE
Computed tomography and X-ray fluoroscopy Computer tomograph GE v|tome|x 240d with nano- and microfocus tubes Analog equipment for radiography of components
F4 Damage analysis
Damage analyses Clarification of the causes of damage and development of remedial measures involving all areas of competence with their fields of competence of the Center for Structural Materials
F5 Chemical analysis
Element quantification in aqueous and organic sample solutions Optical emission spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES)
Material identification of steel, cast iron, aluminum, copper and magnesium materials Spark Emission Spectrometer (FES) for steel, cast iron, aluminum, copper and magnesium materials.
quantitative analysis of coatings on conductive and non-conductive materials Glow Discharge Spectrometer (GD-OES)
bulk analysis of Ti-, Ni-, Co-, Zn-, Pb-, Sn-based alloys
non-destructive elemental analysis of solid and liquid samples X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (ED-XRF)
heavy metal detection according to RoHS and WEEE
quantification of carbon and sulfur (mainly in metallic samples) carbon/sulfur analyzer using C-S analyzer
Quantification of hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen ONH analyzer for metallic samples
Determination of diffusible hydrogen content in metals Induction furnace, Yanako ageing unit or IR tube furnace with WLD or MS coupling
Identification and quantification of organic substances in solid, liquid and gaseous samples Gas chromatograph (GC) (detector types: ECD,quadrupole mass spectrometer), Sample introduction systems: liquid, headspace,Thermodesorption
Quantification of organic substances in liquid samples High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) with diode array detector (DAD)
Quantification of anions and cations in primarily aqueous sample matrix Ion chromatograph with suppressor technique andconductivity detection (IC)
Absorption/transmission measurements on glass and plastics Spectrophotometer (NIR-UV/VIS)
Quantification of inorganic and organic substances
Identification of inorganic and organic substances Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) with micro-ATR technique
Water content determination in oils and solvents as well as solid samples such as drying agents and plastics Karl Fischer titrator (amperometric) with drying oven
Determination of the sulfated ash content of plastics Rapid microwave incinerator
Determination of viscosity of liquids Brookfield viscometer, Ubbelohde viscometer
Density measurement of liquids Flexural transducer
Measurement of surface tension of liquids Tensiometer
Determination of the flash point of flammable liquids Automatic flash point tester according to Abel-Pensky
Range of services Test equipment (excerpt)
Calibration of force gauges
according to DIN EN ISO 376
from 0.1 N to 1 000 kN, class 0,5 and 1
from 0.5 N to 20 kN, class 00
Force reference standard measuring device

0.02 kN, 0.1 kN, 0.5 kN and 5 kN components
0.02 kN, 20 kN, 200 kN and 1 000 kN components
Testing of material testing machines
according to DIN 51220 and DIN EN ISO 7500-1
Tensile force from 0.01 N to 2 000 kN
Compressive force from 0.01 N to 10 000 kN
Tensile and compressive force transducers with digital compensators, load bodies
Calibration of digital compensators
(DK 38, ML 38, DMP 41 and other measuring bridges)
Bridge standard BN 100 and K 148
Testing of length and
extension measuring devices

according to DIN EN ISO 9513
for lengths up to 60 mm and from
50 mm to 1000 mm, class 0.5 to 1
Length and extension calibration devices
Fields of activity Test equipment
Fatigue behavior
Tension-pressure servo-hydraulic testing machinesup to 630 kN, 400 Hz
High frequency pulsers up to 150 kN
Resonance pulsers up to 200 kN
Alternating bending testing machines 10 kN, 20 kN and 200 kN
Circulating bending Circulating bending machines from 25 Nm to 40 kNm, DIN 50113,
ISO 1143
Torsion torsator, flat bending and torsion testing machines up to 400 Nm
Fracture mechanics
Fracture toughness under static load load Test according to ASTM E399 on an electromechanical testing machine up to 1000 kN at a temperature range from 20°C to -80°C
Crack propagation under cyclic load

Threshold value under cyclic load
Test in accordance with ASTM E647 for compact tensile specimens (C(T)) and in accordance with ISO 12108 for four-point bending specimens (SEB, SENB) on a high-frequency pulsator up to 50 kN
Possibility of defined climatic conditions
Bolted joint
Strength under
– rapid loading
– alternating load
Determination of mechanical properties according to DIN EN ISO 898-1/2
Vibration tests according to DIN ISO 3800, DIN 969, DIN 50100
Temperature range from 20°C to -80°C
Stress distribution strain gauge analysis
Susceptibility to and risk of brittle fracture Creep rupture tests at room temperature (test sheets or sleeves) or with automated prestressing force control
Interfacial pressure Compression tests with continuous load increase – following the method described in VDI 2230-1 – at different temperatures to determine a value for a specific component-related interfacial pressure
Preload force measurement ultrasonic-based, strain gauge-based, force ring sensors, length measurement
Prestressing force behavior Relaxation tests on bolted joints to evaluate the time- and temperature-dependent prestressing force behavior
Assembly tightening test rig (tightening test /(torque/preload force test according to DIN 946)

Tightening tests with various tightening devices, ISO 16047

For thread forming screws according to DIN 267-30 Screw-in test and also breaking torque test (torsion test)
Securing Testing of the securing effect (vibration / Junkers test rig)
Vibration tests Eccentric testing machine for testing coil springs or leaf springs up to 250 mm stroke and 50 kN test force

spring testing machine for smaller coil springs or spring bands or wires

servo-hydraulic testing machines for testing disc spring columns
Characteristic curve testing Testing machine for recording spring characteristics
Mechanical-technological tests
Hardness testing Test method according to Brinell DIN EN ISO 6506-1:
HB1/1 …HB 10/3.000
3 … 650 HB(W)

Test method according to Vickers DIN EN ISO 6507-1:
HV 1 … HV 100
5 … 2993 HV

Test method according to Rockwell DIN EN ISO 6508-1:
HR A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K,
N, T, Bm, Fm, Tm, Y
Impact loading,
Notched impact bending tests
Consumed impact energy from 15 – 450 J, various temperatures DIN EN ISO 148-1
Quasistatic and monotonous
increasing load
Tractive force:
50N to 2.5 MN

Compressive force:
50N to 1MN

1Nm to 5 kNm

Bending tests
cyclic load Axial:
up to 630 kN
up to 100 mm

Circumferential bending:
up to 40 kNm

up to 400 Nm
Fields of activity Test equipment
Creep tests on smooth and notched specimens and on fracture mechanics specimens Creep testing machines for round, flat and special specimens for test temperatures up to 1000 °C and for test loads up to 44 kN
Creep tests with high strain resolution Creep testing machines for test temperatures up to 1300 °C, for test loads up to 1000 kN and for tests with continuous strain measurement
Relaxation tests Relaxation testing machines
Hot tensile tests Computer-controlled tensile machines for test temperatures up to 1300 °C and for test forces up to 80 kN
LCF-/HCF-tests servo-controlled testing machines for any program-controlled strain cycles or force-controlled tests at test temperatures up to 1100 °C, partly up to 1300 °C and with test forces up to 250 kN
TMF tests Test rigs for thermomechanical tests (service like loadings)
TGMF tests Test rig for thermomechanical tests on thermal barrier coatings with internal cooling
Biaxial creep and creep fatigue tests Servo-hydraulic test system for strain- and force-controlled tests on cruciform specimens for isothermal and thermomechanical tests up to 1200 °C and test forces up to 100 kN
Annealing tests Annealing furnaces for test temperatures up to 1600 °C for continuous annealing tests
Fields of activity Test equipment
O1 Environmental Corrosion and Hydrogen
Short-term corrosion testing Climatic test equipment according to DIN EN ISO 6270-2, DIN 50017, DIN EN ISO 6988, DIN 50018, DIN EN ISO 9227 (formerly DIN 50021), ASTM B117, ASTM B368, DIN EN 60068-2-11, DIN EN 60068-2-52, DIN EN ISO 11997-1, VDA 425-612, VDA 233-102 (“VDAneu”), DIN EN ISO 4628-2/-3, DIN EN ISO 2409, DIN EN ISO 3651-2, ASTM F483-09, ASTM G47
Electrochemical corrosion several potentiostats, scanning Kelvin probe, high temperature measuring cell with heat transfer (up to 130 °C), high temperature/high pressure reference electrodes, permeation tests according to DIN EN ISO 17081
Stress corrosion cracking Load frame (4-point bending), tension frame (constant load) and electromechanical central spindle testing machine for complex load cycles and investigations at low strain rates
Stress corrosion cracking testing according to DIN EN ISO 7539-6 (preparation and application of cracked specimens for testing under constant force or constant deformation)
O2 Tribology
Vibration friction wear Vibration friction wear (Optimol Instruments SRV III, tribological tests under translational oscillation), -50 °C to 800 °C in various media, determination of friction and wear parameters for lubricating oils, testing of EP properties of greases, e.g. DIN 51834-1:2010-11, ASTM D5706-05
Erosion test rig Investigation of erosion wear using a pump demonstrator without and with fluids containing particles
Taber abraser Characterization of the abrasion resistance of surfaces using a Taber abraser, ASTM F1978
Calotte grinding method Determination of wear behavior and coating thickness by calotte grinding method, EN 1071-2:2002
3D microscopy 3D optical surface metrology with confocal and interferometric technologies, non-contact examination of micro and nano structures (bright field and dark field digital microscope, metrology, topography, determination of wear volume etc.)
Contact stylus method Determination of roughness parameters by means of contact stylus method, DIN EN ISO 4287/4288
O3 Functional Surface Technology
PVD coating equipment Production of PVD coatings by means of research equipment and modified industrial equipment:
- DC magnetron sputtering system CC 800/9 his with HiPIMS cathode technology.
- RF magnetron sputtering system Alcatel SCM
Coating of 3D components, large selection of coating materials, use of a HiPIMS cathode to extend the range of applications, generation of coating architectures (e.g. multilayer development of coating systems with regard to improved wear resistance, corrosion resistance, decorative effects, optical properties, wetting behavior, oxidation and diffusion behavior)
Indentation hardness testing Determination of mechanical surface properties by means of indentation hardness testing. Investigation of mechanical properties in the micro and nano range by highly accurate measurements of combined normal and lateral forces, standard nanoindentation (nanoindentation), EN ISO 14577-2:2012, adhesion measurements by microscratch (microwear test), profile measurement of the surface over short distances.
O4 Welding Technology
Welding expertise Assessment of welding suitability and execution, DIN 488-1:2009-08, DIN 4099-1, DIN 4099-2
O5 Operating Materials and Lubricants
Cavitation corrosion ultrasonic cavitation test rigs 20 kHz/20 µm, following: ASTM G32-16
Inhibitor and coolant testing Modular hot test equipment (MHTA, FDC) for coolant testing according to FVV R530/2005,
Gas temperature limit analysis (GTA) with directed flow and boiling/evaporation of the coolant,
Cavitation circulation system (known as “knocking chamber”) for coolant tests according to FVV R530/2005,
Test rig for testing flux-brazed specimens (in accordance with ASTM D 4340)
Test rig according to ASTM 1384 (Corrosion Test for Engine Coolants in Glassware under Controlled Laboratory Conditions – Standard Test Method for Corrosion Test for Engine Coolants in Glassware)
Material behavior in conventional, biogenic and synthetic regenerative fuels, blends and urea-containing solutions such as AdBlue Test equipment for aging material and component samples in fuels up to max. 300 °C, aging vessels for testing in accordance with VDA test sheet 230-207 or 230-214, MBN 10 375, Ford bz 105-03
Corrosion behavior in the Rankine cycle test facility (simulating waste heat recovery, pipelines, fuel injection systems, recuperation, condensers, heaters, heat exchanger) for testing internally flowed, heated specimens with vaporization/superheating of the fluid (up to 350 °C, 40 bar)
Printing Aids Guideline “Corrosion Testing of Fountain Solutions (Status 08/2011)”.