Testing und analysis

The Surface Engineering Institute disposes of a large number of physical and chemical analysis units to determine physical, tribological and chemical properties of the applied material and coating systems.



  • XRD 3000 x-ray difractometer
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDX analysis unit
  • JY 5000 RF glow discharge spectrometer

Microscopy / surface topography

  • Surface roughness measurement (Hommeltester)
  • UBM Laser profilometer
  • Light-optical microscope Zeiss Axiophot with digital image analysis system
  • Light-optical microscope Leica DMR with hot stage and digital image analysis system

Mechanical and chemical coating analysis

  • Microhardness measuring system
  • Nanoindenter XP
  • Taber-Abraser
  • Incremental borehole method
  • Thermal cycle testing
  • Calo test
  • Rockwell tester
  • Contact angle measurement
  • High-Temperature-Ball-on-Disc-Tribometer
  • "LSRH-Revetest" scratch tester
  • Impact-Tester
  • Electrochemical corrosion testing according to DIN 50918
  • Precision adhesion tester (PAT)
  • Shear testing machine Walter + Bai

Material analysis

  • Differential thermoanalysis (DTA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Dilatometry
  • Thermogravimetry
  • Micromeritics gas pycnometer
  • Particle Image Analyzer Malvern Morphologi G2

Process Diagnostics

  • DPV2000 particle diagnostics system
  • PFI / PFI-S process diagnostics
  • Particle velocity imaging system (PVI)
  • Thermography system Flir Systems ThermaCam SC500