DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
As Germany´s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space program by the German federal government as well as for the international representation of German interests. Furthermore, Germany's largest project management agency is also part of DLR. Approximately 6500 people, of which more than about 2500 are involved in R&D, are employed in DLR´s 29 institutes and facilities at thirteen locations in Germany. DLR's total annual R&D expenditure is about 570 M€.
The "Institute of Materials Research" is one of the 29 research institutes of DLR (about 85 employees; two thirds are scientists and PhD candidates). It is developing and characterising structural and functional materials designed for aeronautics, space flight, and energy technology in the forefront of industrial development and applications. Core topics of the research activities include advanced metallic airframe materials, EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine components for long term application in jet engines and in the hot structures of space propulsion systems.
DLR's Institute of Materials Research has long-term experience in fabrication, characterisation and testing of coatings for environmental protection of nickel and titanium alloys. The institute has a complete laboratory for manufacture, testing, and characterization of thermal barrier coating systems.