IAM - Materials- and Biomechanics
The Materials Testing group is operating the Hot Cells and the glove boxes in order to safely investigate radioactive and toxic materials.
Tensile Fracture images
Tensile test fracture surface on 9%-Cr steel before and after neutron-irradiation
Diagram of instrumented tensile tests on neutron irradiated 9%Cr-steel
Tensile tests on neutron irradiated 9%Cr-steel

This includes for example

-  Mechanical tests as tensile, low-cycle-fatigue, Charpy impact, creep, hardness

-  Metallographic preparation and light-optical microscopy

-  Thermogravimetry, gamma- and x-ray-spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, densiometry


Installations for artificial hydrogen and tritium loading and for thermally driven desorption enable to investigate and quantify the respective adsorption and retention behaviour.

A special task is the development and adaption of investigation techniques to the needs of remote-handled operation in Hot Cells or to other special requirements of radioactive and toxic materials.