Higher efficiency and lower emissions – these are the key objectives in the development of modern turbomachinery. Heat-resistant materials, complex geometries and integral components are but a few of the features of turbomachines. Pioneering approaches can frequently be implemented only when new production methods are applied. In the Turbomachinery business unit, the Fraunhofer IPT explores and develops robust and efficient process chains and technologies for the manufacturing and repair of turbomachinery components.

Our long-standing network of contacts provides us with access to the know-how of other scientific and engineering facilities in Germany. We maintain particularly close working relationships with both the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen University.

Our goal is to achieve continuous improvement of complex manufacturing processes or, in some cases, to enable them to be implemented in an industrial scale for the first time. By striking a balance between the demands of innovation, quality and cost, we make a long-term and effective contribution to the success of our clients.

Our key areas of activity are as follows

  • Optimization of individual technologies such as milling, grinding, laser material processing or water jet cutting
  • Robust and adaptive design of integrated manufacturing and repair process chains
  • Machine characterization and process monitoring to ensure stable processes
  • Overall quality and risk management as well as technology and market potential analyses

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ICTM – International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing

The ICTM in Aachen is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute IPT, the Fraunhofer ILT, as well as WZL and LLT of the RWTH Aachen University. It will employ the full technology portfolio of all of its institutes to provide excellent R&D for turbomachinery manufacturing. In cooperation with established Industry Partners the ICTM Partner Community has been set-up for Collaborative R&D to speed up technological innovations and to transfer them into industrial applications.