Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM
(Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing)


Description of BAM
The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), founded in 1870, is a technical and scientific federal authority. It has today about 1700 employees carrying out research and development, testing, analysis, certification and offering advice and information with regard to safety and reliability in chemical and materials technologies as well as environmental issues.


BAM is recognized as the competent body within Germany for the evaluation of the long-term stability of materials and also plays an important role in developing international standards.


The Division VIII.2 (non-destructive damage assessment and environmental measurement methods) belongs to the Department VI (Environmental Compatibility of Materials) and is working mainly on non-destructive testing in civil engineering (NDT-CE). It focuses on ways of measuring parameters, which are relevant for the assessment of structures, damages and contaminations in the natural and built environment.


The Division VI.1 (corrosion and corrosion failures) is part of department VII (safety of structures) and carries out investigations on metallic materials under practical conditions and analyses corrosion failures, especially with regard to rehabilitation of structures, technical plant and equipment. Research and development projects are aimed at increasing knowledge on the corrosion behavior of materials and protective measures as well as optimization of test methods.


 Dipl.-Geophys. Ernst Niederleithinger


Ernst Niederleithinger, Head of project "Environmental Measurement Methods" in division VIII.2 

 Dipl.-Ing. Rosemarie Helmerich


Rosmarie Helmerich, 


Assessment and Environmental Measurement Methods" in division VIII.2


 Dr. Herbert Wiggenhauser


Herbert Wiggenhauser, Head of division VIII.2


 Dr. Ralph Bäßler


Ralph Bäßler, Head of project "Corrosion of Tanks and Armatures" in division VI.1