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Export Restriction Free Travelling wave tubes Materials

Objective

The ERFTM project aims to develop new European manufacturing processes for preparing material components of power amplifiers based on Travelling Wave Tubes for space and ground applications using raw materials not governed by Export Restriction comprising an helix made with flat ribbon maintained by ceramic support rods.

The studies will advance work from TRL3 to TRL6, in compliance with the non-dependence action “U7-Power Amplification Travelling Wave Tube (TWT) materials” as described in the revised Joint Task Force (European Commission-ESA-EDA) draft document of the Critical Space Technologies for European Strategic Non-Dependence Actions for 2015/2017.

The main applications of these power amplifiers are space satellites and ground applications such as telecommunications.
The ERFTM project will specify, develop, test and qualify the export restriction free helix wire materials on the one hand and the export restriction free dielectric materials for helix support rods on the other hand. Both will be subjected to a complete qualification process for space tubes and terrestrial communication tubes, as well as a commercial evaluation of the technologies involved.

The ERFTM consortium includes 2 European large enterprises from the Thales Group, worldwide leaders in space TWT development and production, 1 industrial company and 2 SMEs. The latter 3 companies are innovative technology providers not yet involved in the space domain. In addition, 1 research laboratory with metallurgy and characterization expertise is a full partner. These partners are present in 3 European member-states, and join their expertise to successfully tackle the formidable challenges of the ERFTM project.

Given its focus on developing materials to avoid export restrictions imposed by certain non-European countries, the ERFTM project is requested to be treated as EU CONFIDENTIAL.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/subtractive manufacturing
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THALES AVS FRANCE SAS
Address
75-77 Avenue Marcel Dassault
33700 Merignac
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 720 751,25

Participants (5)

MICROCERTEC
France
EU contribution
€ 363 062,50
Address
Rue De Lamirault 22
77090 Collegien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 563 740
Address
Thalesplatz 1
71254 Ditzingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CVT GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 603 908,75
Address
Romantische Strasse 18
87642 Halblech Buching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KERN-LIEBERS TMG SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 413 953,75
Address
Carretera Santiga 86
08291 Ripollet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 430 903,75
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations