Research in materials technology – enabling science to benefit from KSB
KSB teams up with scientific institutions to research new materials and technologies for pumps, valves and systems. The objective is to create state-of-the-art equipment offering optimum component reliability.
In materials technology, KSB focuses primarily on the components in pumps and valves that are subject to high mechanical stress. The challenge: individual components need to cope with increasingly high operating pressures and temperatures. This places exacting demands on them in terms of abrasion and corrosion resistance as well as component reliability.
In collaboration with universities and research institutes, KSB investigates:
- Metallic materials for pump casings or valve bodies
- Ceramic, diamond and carbon materials for bearings
In its research, KSB makes use of the modern resources of chemical analysis as well as metallographic and mechanical examination methods.
Ceramic plain bearing materials
One example of KSB’s success: in collaboration with the University of Erlangen and a number of Fraunhofer Institutes, KSB is working on improving the properties of ceramic plain bearing materials. The aim is to develop a new composite material from diamond and ceramic characterised by extreme wear resistance and component reliability. By combining these two materials, innovative products can be manufactured that exceed the current state of the art in terms of performance and economic efficiency.
How research benefits from KSB
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute apply a wafer-thin diamond film to ceramic components. In the KSB production and testing facilities, KSB’s materials technology specialists monitor pumps with diamond-coated ceramic components in long-term operation.