Trainings and Seminars to improve your strength and test performance

Straddling the fields of industry and research, our engineers build on knowledge that has grown through decades of extensive interdisciplinary practice and development. Theoretical or experimental proofs of strength are one of our core concerns. Demonstrating the reliability and safety of the material for the whole life of the component is a challenging task for computation engineers, designers and testers.

Benefit from our cross-industry expertise: in training sessions and seminars at your premises or at our offices, you will receive comprehensive specialist knowledge and concrete application recommendations

On this page you will find information about the following IMA training sessions:


Our portfolio


Non-destructive testing

We use numerous non-destructive testing methods to investigate the damage during component tests, in the investigation of damage cases, as a tool of quality control and especially for maintenance and repair. Qualified according to ISO 9712 and EN 4179 standards, we carry out testing and inspection activities for almost all sectors, including aviation.

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Simulation and Strength Assessments

As a holistic development partner, we provide reliable information about design and lifetime by determining component strengths and examining stress, strain, and stability already during construction and dimensioning process. By means of calculated assessments of strength, designs are optimized and designed to be reliable.

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Software and Software Solutions

We have solved the management of data and documents from processes in the areas of research and development, simulation and calculation, laboratory, quality management, process development and production planning - with the WIAM® database systems we offer suitable software solutions with flexible data structures, display options and evaluations.

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Materials databases

The databases of our WIAM® product line provide material information and characteristic values ​​that are used reliably for material selection, design, standardization, calculation and simulation. The data pool draws on material and fundamental experiments from the last five decades, and new materials are systematically integrated.

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Whether it's for life-time certification or certification of the aircraft component, IMA engineers test, simulate, or calculate any design group of an aircraft, such as aircraft, for reliable results. B. hull works, structures, tail units, trolleys and engines and interior components.

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At our testing and development center, we test all rail vehicle components and materials for strength and service life. In terms of product and operational safety as well as quality assurance, we bundle the forces of testing and test design in our company with measurement, calculation, simulation and proof of strength as well as construction.

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Powerful for every vehicle type - our strength tests, approval tests or development tests are proven to be reliable for testing the operational strength and service life of automotive components, media-conducting systems, electrical components and materials.

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Materials Testing Metals

Our material specialists accompany you in the implementation of your test programs as well as standardization, approval and certification of materials or manufacturing processes. We stand by your side during the entire test procedure, from the consultation, test planning and sample production, over the test itself up to the finished test report.

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Material Testing for Plastics and Composite Materials

From the base material through the manufacturing technology to the approval of the finished product - our material tests are DAkkS and NADCAP accredited. This includes static, cyclic and dynamic tests as well as static long-term tests, including sample production.

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Whether for quality assurance, damage analysis or for research and development - in our accredited materialography laboratories we take a close look at both metallic and non-metallic materials of different composition with qualitative and quantitative characterization methods. This also includes the sample preparation procedures and the analysis, evaluation and documentation of the microscopic examination results.

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Aviation-specific non-destructive testing training courses

The NDT Training Centre holds training courses on non-destructive testing at its technology site in Dresden and is set to embark on a collaborative partnership with EFW Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH and IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH.

EFW Dresden is recognised by NANDTB Germany as a provider of NDT training and testing. It meets the requirements of EASA AMC 145.A.30(f).

Those attending the course will benefit from IMA Dresden’s many years of experience in materials and testing, coupled with the EFW’s expertise in aircraft conversion, maintenance and lightweight design. Together with exciting insights into aircraft conversion and work with actual testing techniques, the training will cover the latest test procedures. The trainers have extensive experience and technical expertise in this area.
It is worth highlighting that aviation-related information is based on the materials plans of the NANDTB, while the training is focused on future-oriented topics: the requirements of a maintenance company and specific aspects of component testing, knowledge of materials and approval tests. Another plus is that new developments in aviation, such as manufacturing processes, materials and test methods, are continually being incorporated.

The Training Centre offers the following courses:

  • ET1 Eddy current testing level 1
  • ET2 Eddy current testing level 2
  • UT1 Ultrasonic testing level 1
  • UT2 Ultrasonic testing level 2

The courses comply with DIN EN4179 and NAS 410, while the NDT training is accredited by NANDTB Germany and meets the EASA AMC 145.A.30(f) requirements.

Training Programme 2021

25.01. – 02.02.2021Eddy current testing1
22.02. – 25.02.2021Ultrasonic testing // refresher2
08.03. – 11.03.2021Eddy current testing // refresher2
12.04. – 20.04.2021Ultrasonic testing1
27.04. – 30.04.2021Ultrasonic testing
preparation course // direct entry
03.05. – 12.05.2021Ultrasonic testing2
01.06. – 04.06.2021Eddy current testing
preparation course // direct entry
07.06. – 15.06.2021Eddy current testing2
28.06. – 06.07.2021Eddy current testing1
06.09. – 09.09.2021Ultrasonic testing // refresher2
20.09. – 23.09.2021Eddy current testing // refresher2
04.10. – 12.10.2021Ultrasonic testing1
26.10. – 29.10.2021Ultrasonic testing
preparation course // direct entry
01.11. – 10.11.2021Ultrasonic testing2
30.11. – 03.12.2021Eddy current testing
preparation course // direct entry
06.12. – 14.12.2021Eddy current testing2


NANDTB Accreditation Elbe Flugzeugwerke

The FKM guidelines in practice

The FKM guideline on “Computational strength verification of machine components” applies to mechanical engineering and related fields of industry and allows computational strength verification based on nominal stresses and local elastic stresses, taking all of the relevant influences into account.


It is published by Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau e.V. (FKM) and is currently in its 6th edition, which came out in September 2012. As the guidelines were issued under the leadership of IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH, you can get information straight from the source at our seminar.

The aim of the seminar is to get acquainted with the methodology and background to computational strength verification according to FKM guidelines. Find out more:

  • the uniformly structured computational algorithm, consisting of instructions, formulae, tables and diagrams,
  • as well as static and fatigue strength verification, the latter depending on the stress characteristics as a permanent, fatigue or operational strength test,
  • the scope of application for special materials such as steel, cast iron and aluminium alloys,
  • the application for components manufactured with or without machining or with welding,
  • the evaluation of nominal stresses and local, elastically determined stresses, obtained by means of solutions that draw upon the theory of elasticity, finite element or boundary element calculations, of through measurements.

The structure of the two-day training

1. Introduction to the FKM guidelines

  • Basic information on stress types and strength verification
  • Scope of application, legal status
  • Basic philosophy and breakdown

2. Static strength verification for non-welded components

  • Comparative Stress Calculation
  • Material characteristics and technological size influence
  • Plasticizing reserve of the component
  • Safety factors and occupancy rate
  • Samples

3. Fatigue strength verification for non-welded components

  • Characteristic stress values
  • Material fatigue strength
  • Consideration of component properties in the design factor
  • Consideration of the influence of medium tension
  • Wöhler line and proof of operational stability
  • Safety factors and occupancy rate
  • Samples

4. Welded components

  • For the determination of proof stresses for welded components
  • Special features in static strength verification: weld seam factor, softening factor
  • Special features in fatigue strength verification: FAT classes, thickness influence, residual stresses, Wöhler line systems
  • Samples

5. Procurement of input values for the strength verification

  • Fatigue strength verification: Processing of measured stresses via Rainflow classification and
    medium-stress evaluation for equivalent stress verification
  • Notes on the experimental determination of fatigue strength values

5. Individual training focal points

  • special areas of application, materials, sector-specific provisions


  • Training is offered individually both at our offices in Dresden or at your premises. Fpr more information on possible dates and terms, please get in touch.


User training on WIAM® fatigue RIFEST software

Calculate strength readings according to FKM guidelines: WIAM® fatigue RIFEST is software for the design process and component stress analysis, and displays the guideline-compliant strength test results at verification points for non-welded and welded components according to the current FKM guidelines, 2012 edition. The guidelines apply to machine components and was first developed in 1994 under the management of IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH.


Engineers and designers from a variety of fields can profit from the theoretical and practical knowledge of the methods and calculation algorithms:

  • Solid-shaped and sheet-form non-welded components
  • Welded components
  • Strength analysis for scattered stresses based on FEM calculations or strain measurements, for instance.

The structure of the one-day training

1. General introduction to the FKM guidelines

  • Basics of types of stress
  • Basics of strength verification
  • Basic philosophy of the FKM guidelines

2. Introduction to the program structure

  • Program structure
  • Modules

3. Strength verification for non-welded components

  • Construction
  • Stress characteristics
  • Safety factors
  • Operational strength verification
  • Results
  • Samples

4. Strength verification for welded components

  • Construction
  • Stress characteristics
  • Safety factors
  • Operational strength verification
  • Results
  • Samples

5. Tips and tricks

6. Discussion of other user examples



  •  RIFEST: 12. November 2020 (Thursday)

The seminar is offered individually both at our offices in Dresden or at your premises. For more information on possible dates and terms, please get in touch.