Fraunhofer-Center for High Temperature Materials and Design HTL ensures energy-efficient thermal processes and thus makes an important societal contribution to the implementation of climate protection goals. It offers consulting, component and process development, sampling, measurements, and special equipment.
At the HTL, materials and components are developed using systematic experimental and computer-based methods (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, ICME). The expertise ranges from component design, material selection, and material design to process design, prototype production, scale-up, and product control. The material competence focuses on ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC). As the only R&D facility in Europe, the HTL covers the entire technology chain for CMC from fiber production through textile fiber processing to CMC manufacturing. It can use highly automated pilot-scale equipment for this purpose and offers taylored solutions to its customers.
In addition to high-temperature components, new furnace systems based on digital twins are being developed at the HTL, and heat treatment processes are being designed and optimized. A special feature is that the input data for computer simulations are obtained using in-house developed thermooptical measuring methods and sensors, which significantly increases their reliability. In addition, the simulation results are validated using specially designed high-temperature measuring facilities.
The HTL is certified according to ISO 9001:2015. It has over 90 employees and an annual budget of 7 million euros.