Services and Consulting

Institute of Machine Components (IMA)

Testing bench investigations, failure analysis, surface examinations, simulation, consulting and seminars of the research area sealing technology

IMA sees itself as a modern service provider for industry. Many years of experience in processing industrial orders and know-how in sealing technology ensure that orders are processed quickly. The range of services covers many areas.

Information Leaflet of Sealing Technology (in German)

Test bench investigations

  • Functional examinations
  • Fluid-elastomer compatibility test
  • Conveying value measurements
  • Measurement of frictional torque/frictional force
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-testing of sealing systems

Damage analysis

  • Analysis of damaged sealing systems at the institute or on site

Surface examination

  • 2D/3D topography measurement according to DIN
  • Tactile roughness measurement according to DIN/VDA
  • Macro/micro twist measurement
  • Twist measurement according to the thread method
  • Measurement of surface energy and wetting
  • Evaluation of surfaces


  • FE analysis to determine the contact behavior / contact pressure
  • Optimization of geometry
  • Determination of mechanical properties of sealing materials
  • Flow and temperature simulation incl. sealing environment




  • Consulting on sealing problems
  • Elaboration of sealing proposals
  • Conception of sealing systems
  • Preparing expert opinions

Seminars / Lectures

  • Seminars and lectures on sealing technology issues such as application, function, mode of action, limits, etc. of seals and sealing systems.

Contact Head of Sealing Technology

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Frank Bauer

apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Head of Sealing Technology &
Head of StutCAD


Institute of Machine Components (IMA)

Pfaffenwaldring 9, 70569 Stuttgart

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