Research at the MAI is divided into three areas: experiments, modelling and operational feedback. Experimental research is based on observation and tests on specimens specifically developed by and for the MAI. The tests include thermal aging (months or years of thermal stress) for which the Institute has multiple furnaces that can generate temperatures of up to 650 °C.
Modelling is one of the central activities of the MAI. Mathematical models not only allow us to test our understanding of fundamental processes such as stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue and creep – they also enable us to capitalize on our databases through parametric studies. Operational feedback data are obtained using samples of material that are made available by utilities after replacement of specific components.