Material databases – in the beginning is
the question of the material

As a centre for material and component testing, IMA Dresden generates facts and data for all metal and
non-metal materials that are used in industry and research for design, material selection, standardisation,
evaluation and simulation.

Whether you are interested in purchasing, sales, component development, product design, construction, evaluation or simulation, we provide you with a tool that allows you to reach your goal more easily. The databases of our WIAM® product range provide material information and specific values. The data pool draws upon basic testing from the last five decades and integrates new materials systematically.

Today you can research over 6,000 materials, 180,000 modifications and over two million specific values, including high-alloyed steels, aluminium, magnesium, nickel, titanium and, in future, fibre composite materials. We also provide advice on the applications of materials and can develop company-specific information systems on request.

Companies create, process and analyse lots of material data from different areas, e.g. materials research, material testing, material standards, simulation and calculation. We offer suitable software solutions for this, with flexible data structures, display options and Evaluations.

Our portfolio


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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more


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.

Read more

Damage analysis

Determining causes and effects experimentally - we assess damage cases and thus support the cause clarification. Our experienced engineers help you to investigate undesirable damage phenomena in detail - for example, by materialography, acoustic damage detection or non-destructive testing methods.

Read more

Training and Seminars

Benefit from our cross-industry know-how: In training courses and seminars directly at your company or at our site, you will receive extensive specialist knowledge - from courses for non-destructive testing (ZfP / NDT) about the FKM guideline "Computational Strength Verification of Machine Components" to software user training for WIAM® fatigue RIFEST.

Read more


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.

Read more


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.

Read more


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.

Read more

Medical Devices

In the approval and development of medical devices, we support in particular with strength and wear tests of joint endoprostheses, osteosynthesis products, traumatology products, surgical instruments and skin adhesives according to standard or special test

Read more

Construction Products

Whether product conformity, quality and safety standards, material characterization, service life and condition assessment - IMA Dresden plays a major role here. The independent, recognized and accredited certification body, testing center, and inspection body will assist you with any questions about requirements, test procedures, and requirements of applicable standards, regulations, and laws.

Read more

Wind Energy

In the development and approval process, we support manufacturers of wind turbines, component manufacturers in the development and approval process and power generation companies in validation, damage analysis, product optimization and structural monitoring. Materials, structures, components or structures are extensively tested, including characterization, strength testing, durability testing and system tests.

Read more


The WIAM® METALLINFO material database system and its modules comprise a data pool for materials that is well recognised within industry and research. You have access to an extensive, user-oriented pool of data that will answer your questions in a wide variety of areas. We offer freely combinable modules for the basic WIAM® METALLINFO database.

Access to the data

The data on the company intranet may also be accessd as single- or multi-user versions in the form of installed software or on the internet via online access.


Over 6,000 materials and their modifications can be researched using specific values and information. The material areas of steel, cast steel, cast iron, non-ferrous metals as cast metal and metal putty, and plastics can be called up in specific materials databases, including:

  • Steel database
  • Cast iron database
  • Cast steel database
  • Alumimium database
  • Copper database
  • Magnesium database
  • Titanium database
  • Nickel database
  • Cobalt database
  • Zinc database

WIAM® FLIESS module – flow curves, σ-ε curves

  • Depends on sheet thickness and rolling direction, plus rate of deformation and temperature
  • Approximation equations parameters
  • Flow curves from crush and tensile testing        technical σ-ε curves
  • Sample and test description

WIAM® ZYK module – Vibration resistance

  • Wöhler and fatigue lines (σa/N curves) and elongated Wöhler lines depending on geometry and load conditions
  • Graphic representation of the load configuration and test geometry
  • Parameters to determine the cyclical stress-strain curve
  • Specification of the evaluated parameters for the tests
  • Specification of statistical parameters
  • Sample and test description

WIAM® ZTU module – time-temperature conversion

  • Continuous charts
  • Cooling curves with hardness data and cooling rate
  • Proportion of structure in percent
  • Austentisation time and temperature
  • Test description
  • Indication of source
Integration of WIAM® METALLINFO in the product WIAM® Plattform

CADFEM ANSYS Extension materials database for strength assessments according to FKM – WB/WIAM Engineering Data

ANSYS Workbench-integrated WIAM materials database for metallic materials

The convenient WB/WIAM Engineering Data database is based on the WIAM METALLINFO data and therefore contains an extensive current range of materials in one location. The materials data are provided with a standards history and international conversion.

The database is notable for its:

  • Direct data transfer into the ANSYS workbench
  • German and European standardisation
  • TÜV material performance sheet
  • Steel and iron list, plus material sheets, including from manufacturers
  • FKM guidelines
  • Ring trials and test series at renowned colleges and universities
  • Specialist literature
  • Consistently precise reference to sources

See more Information on the CADFEM-Website.

Download Flyer CADFEM ANSYS Extension FKM inside ANSYS