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SUPER LIGHT-WEIGHT THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR SPACE APPLICATION

Objective

LIGHT-TPS will develop a new super-light Thermal Protection System (TPS) for various space applications, above all for Reusable Space Systems (RSS), capable of operating within the entire range of working temperatures. The project aims at radical properties improvements in the TPS used existing and under-development RSS. The main disadvantage of existing TPS based on metallic frames is the significant weight and insufficient lifetime, due to the degradation and corrosion of the metal. A class of materials, commonly referred to as ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTC) possesses a unique combination of physico-chemical properties that makes them specifically suited for application in aerospace sector. The UHTC-based coating that will be developed will provide superior oxidation protection to metal alloys, as well as to light constructions made of C/SiC and C/C materials.
The main challenge of the project is to develop a super-light, corrosion and oxidation resistant TPS by combining the advantages of metallic and ceramic materials in a single system. This will be achieved by joining a novel metallic frame with non-metallic materials (for example C/SiC and C/C), construction elements made of UHTC (system ZrB2-SiC) and new high-temperature alloys coated with UHTC composites. Particularly, the 3 direction of works are envisaged:
1) development of new powder alloys on the base of Ni/Cr and Nb for the frame of TPS;
2) development of reusable light weight multilayer metallic TPS sandwiches;
3) investigation of erosion-resistant UHTC bulk materials in the ZrB2-SiC system and coating of metallic and non-metallic materials with the most suitable UHTC compositions.
The developed TPS will be significantly lighter than any existing TPS (under 10 kg/m2) thus reducing the cost of delivering a payload to orbit and volume of emission, guarantee reliable thermal protection in the entire range of working temperatures, possess improved mechanical and durability properties.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 329 990
Administrative Contact
Maria Parco (Dr)

Participants (7)

FRANTSEVICH INSTITUTE FOR PROBLEMS OF MATERIALS SCIENCE OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 397 200
Address
Krzhyzhanovsky Street 3
03142 Kiev
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gennadii Frolov (Prof)
STATE ENTERPRISE YUZHNOYE DESIGN OFFICE NAMED AFTER MIKHAIL YANGEL
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 350 356
Address
Krivorozhskaya 3
49008 Dniepropetrovsk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergii Velychko (Mr)
SPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE AND THE NATIONAL SPACE AGENCY OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 143 010
Address
Glushkov Prospekt 40 Build 4 1
03680 Kyiv
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vitaliy Yatsenko (Prof)
INSTITUT ELEKTROZVARYUVANNYA IM.E.O. PATONA NACIONALNOI AKADEMII NAUK UKRAINY
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 120 001
Address
Bozhenko Str. 11
03680 Kyiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Iurii Falchenko (Prof)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 205 621
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laura Silvestroni (Dr)
ECM SPACE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 178 000
Address
Reuchlinstrasse 10
10553 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnold Sterenharz (Dr)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 273 185
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Heinz (Mr)