Fraunhofer-Center HTL’s pilot plant facilities include various furnaces for the heat treatment of oxide and non-oxide ceramics as well als metals. The following processes can be carried out in different atmospheres and optimized in close cooperation with the customer: Debinding, pyrolysis, graphitization, melt infiltration particularly with silicon and sintering. Various furnaces are connected to a thermal afterburner, making it possible to carry out processes that produce large volumes of condensates. In addition to test firing, quality assurance can be performed on all samples and components before and after firing by means of computerized tomography, mechanical characterization, density measurements etc. in order to document any possible changes or damages to the material (see Material testing).