Scientific Application Center

The Scientific Application Center can provide crucial support for increasing the quality of your products and the efficiency of your processes, minimizing risks, controlling for compliance, and bringing your products more quickly to market.

At three of our locations, in Fürth, Würzburg, and Deggendorf, Germany, we offer our customers first-rate services in the area of non-destructive testing.

The spectrum of X-ray equipment at our main location in Fürth alone is unique in the world. Here, we can perform non-destructive testing on a wide range of items, from objects as fine as a hair to entire vehicles or freight containers. Regardless of the application or material, our scientists offer the appropriate solutions in areas as diverse as automobiles, power generation, foodstuffs, clothing, and aerospace.

Development Center X-ray Technology, Fürth

At the Fürth location, we offer the solutions that meet your needs, irrespective of the industry or material. Our customized testing services fulfill even the most unusual requirements, accommodating objects ranging in size from the width of a hair to a diameter of 3.5 m and a weight of 10 tons. In addition to a broad spectrum of services such as quality assurance, process optimization, measuring technology, and feasibility studies, our customers enjoy further advantages:

  • Quick response to customer inquiries and timely analysis and processing of the results, including customer-specific reports
  • Advice in the area of non-destructive testing for production environments
  • Wide range of flexible X-ray systems and inspection methods
  • Experienced service personnel familiar with industrial production processes
  • Innovative and continuously enhanced technologies
  • Development of innovative solutions to address customer-specific issues
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Application Center for CT in Metrology, Deggendorf

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We have been providing innovative measuring services in the area of industrial computed tomography at our Deggendorf location since 2008. Among other services, these include variance analyses in which the CT volume model of components is overlaid with the CAD model and production variances are displayed in color. Other applications in the area of measuring technology include wall thickness analysis as well as the determination of the size, shape, and position of geometric features.

With the tension/compression unit developed at the Application Center, we can carry out CT measurements on components under load. This use of measuring technology allows the targeted simulation of loading conditions that occur in components in industrial practice, as well as the recording of the influence of the load on the component, including testing of dimensional accuracy and materials.

Project Group NanoCT Systems, Würzburg

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Since it was established in 2010, our Würzburg location has dealt with the visualization of internal structures of materials at scales ranging from micrometers to nanometers. We expand and refine technologies such as high-resolution CT, phase contrast CT, X-ray scattering methods, and X-ray microscopy to provide the right method to solve whatever problem is posed. This may involve the development of high-resolution X-ray cameras or the application of a wide variety of X-ray optics. Depending on the material, structures from 100 µm to 100 nm can be displayed using imaging techniques, and particle sizes and shapes from 1 µm to 1 nm can be determined by scattering methods. We can provide you with non-destructive, maximum-resolution 3D representations of the structures of raw materials and production materials, right through to the finished product. In addition, we offer time-resolved 3D measurements to give you insight into dynamic processes. This literally gives you a look inside as, for example, your wood is drying or stress is applied to your light metal alloy. We command specific reconstruction techniques even for complicated measurement geometries and composite materials, and we can create a representation of a specific relevant aspect of your material as needed.

Customer benefits

  • Quick response to customer inquiries and timely analysis and processing of the results, including customer-specific reports
  • Advice in the area of non-destructive testing for production environments
  • Wide range of flexible X-ray systems and inspection methods
  • Experienced service personnel familiar with industrial production processes
  • Application of the innovative and continuously enhanced technologies of the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology
  • Development of innovative solutions to address customer-specific issues

Range of systems

  • XXL-CT: System with a 9 MeV linear accelerator for large objects up to 3 m in diameter and 10 tons in weight (resolution up to approx. 200 µm)
  • SubμCT: System for small components (resolution of approx. 500 nm)
  • MicroCT with laminography and micro-focus source: System with an optional transmission head with large travel range, up to 3 m stroke (resolution up to approx. 1 µm)
  • Laminography and MicroCT system with micro-focus source: System with an optional transmission head with large travel range, up to 3 m stroke (resolution up to approx. 1 µm)
  • DRAGONFLY: High-speed 2D and 3D X-ray procedure with a 90 kV X-ray source and industrial robot support (resolution of approx. 200 µm)
  • MacroCT: System with a 600 kV X-ray source for objects weighing up to 100 kg and industrial robot support (resolution up to approx. 150 µm, laminography also possible)
  • Flexible RoboCT: System with two cooperating industrial robots (resolution up to approx. 50 µm)