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High-frequency ELectro-Magnetic technologies for advanced processing of ceramic matrix composites and graphite expansion

Objective

"Lightweight ceramics and fibre reinforced ceramic composites, such as non-oxide Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) and Expanded Graphite (EG), represent very promising solutions for high temperature applications in strategic industrial sectors, such as transport and energy. In fact, these materials are one of topical priorities of the European Technology Platform EuMAT and a strategic issue of the EC Research Roadmap on Materials.
Huge market opportunities are expected for CMC and EG provided to overcome the three major identified gaps: high cost, difficulty of processing and materials reliability. New and more efficient manufacturing technologies can pave the way to improve material quality, reduce processing time, converge towards near-net shape fabrication, trim energy spent and abate production costs.
HELM will address these challenges by proposing innovative high-frequency electromagnetic, microwaves (MW) and radiofrequencies (RF), heating technologies for integrating and, in the long term, replacing standard thermal processing routes, i.e.: Chemical Vapour Infiltration (CVI), Liquid Silicon Infiltration (LSI), Polymer Impregnation and Pyrolysis (PIP), and Graphite Exfoliation (GE).
MW/RF heating owns peculiar features (rapid selective bulk heating, reversed thermal gradients, more homogeneous heat distribution) that will enhance materials performance. It can bring 60% processing time reduction (or even higher), with subsequent trimming of production costs, and cut of energy consumption up to 50-60%.
HELM RTD activities involve some of the principal European experts in the field, including research institutes, innovative SMEs, and end-users for industrial validation. A full product assessment, including energy and cost evaluations, will be performed through proper Life Cycle Assessment and thermo-economical analysis. A risk assessment and management plan is included to mitigate innovation related risks and reduce the time to market of the new solutions."

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-LARGE-5
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CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI
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Via Giusti 9
50121 Firenze
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Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 644 109,25
Administrative Contact
Andrea Lazzeri (Prof.)

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SNECMA PROPULSION SOLIDE

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France
EU contribution
€ 68 688
Address
Les Cinq Chemins
33187 Le Haillan Cedex
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Eric Barbier (Mr.)
WARRANT HUB SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 360 960
Address
Corso Mazzini 11
42015 Correggio Re
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isella Vicini (Dr.)
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 503 196
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Gervasoni (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 482 710
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jorge Barcena (Dr.)
ARCHER TECHNICOAT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 396 415,50
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Unit E Progress Road Sands Industrial Estate
HP12 4JD High Wycombe
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Calvin Prentice (Mr.)
Sairem Iberica S.L
Spain
EU contribution
€ 284 720
Address
Carrer De La Farga 23
08755 Castellbisbal
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Corinne Clavaron (Ms.)
FRICKE UND MALLAH MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 476 662,34
Address
Werner Nordmeyer Str 25
31226 Peine
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Mallah (Mr.)
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 236 800
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Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3D
50018 Zaragoza
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elena Calvo Gallardo (Ms.)
BREMBO SGL CARBON CERAMIC BRAKES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 389 030
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Viale Europa 2
24040 Stezzano
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emiliano Brambilla (Dr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 282 304,16
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Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
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Werner Lang (Mr.)
Erbicol SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 410 898,62
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Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Sandro Gianella (Mr.)
PETROCERAMICS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 601 159,06
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Viale Europa 2
24040 Stezzano
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Valle (Dr.)
SCHUNK KOHLENSTOFF-TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 480 820
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Rodheimer Strasse 59
35452 Heuchelheim
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Administrative Contact
Sarah Heidt (Mrs.)
HERAKLES SA
France
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Rue De Touban - Les Cinq Chemins
33185 Le Haillan
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Eric Barbier (Mr.)
IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 270 413
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Strada Industriale
6743 Bodio
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Spahr (Dr.)
CVT GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 000
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Romantische Strasse 18
87642 Halblech Buching
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philipp Goetz (Mr.)
BALTIC STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY VOENMEKH NAMED AFTER D F USTINOV
Russia
EU contribution
€ 165 313,50
Address
Ul. Krasnoarmeiskaya 1St 1
190005 St Petersburg
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Victor Kulik (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 153 680
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carolina Fernández López (Ms.)
STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 308 000
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Fangelsbachstrasse 14
70178 Stuttgart
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Snezana Jovanovic (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 485 120,56
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Picchi (Dr.)