Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering IWT
Since 1950 the Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering IWT in Bremen conducts research on highly-stressed metallic structure materials. Globally unique, the IWT has united the three disciplines materials science, process & chemical engineering as well as manufacturing technologies as equal-ranking divisions working together under one roof. On account of this structure, the IWT is capable to solve technological problems with practical relevance along the whole process chain. The IWT is active in basic research as well as in application-oriented research up to the direct transfer of results to companies.
At the IWT, scientists of different disciplines research together on material oriented future technologies focused on common metals like steel and aluminium, increasingly on hybrid composite materials. The competence fields of the IWT include the production of nano-materials and metal powders, the process of spray compacting as well as all methods of heat treatment. Further fields of work are surface technology, material modelling and service life testing, gear cutting technology, ultra-precise machining and the use of cooling lubricants. With its thematic focuses, the IWT addresses primarily problems of the drive engineering industry such as resource efficiency, energy efficiency and lightweight engineering.