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3D Thin-Walled Ceramic and Ceramic-Metal Components using Electrolytic Plasma Processing

Project description

Innovative plasma techniques shaping the future of 3D ceramics

The ERC-funded 3D Cer-Met project plans to use innovative plasma-based processes for creating complex 3D ceramic and ceramic-metal products in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. The proposed technology has vast potential for various applications, including healthcare devices, micro-electromechanical systems and aero/automotive parts. To identify the most promising applications, researchers will examine the mechanical properties (strength and elastic modulus) and physical properties of the 3D parts. These parts are expected to be highly resistant to harsh conditions (acidic media) and extreme temperatures.


This proposal relates to the Proof of Concept stage investigation of exciting new findings in the ERC Advanced Grant ‘IMPUNEP’ project relating to the study and use of plasma-based processes. These findings offer significant advantages for the creation of complex 3D ceramic and ceramic-metal products at relatively low cost in an environmentally friendly manner. The potential applications of this new technology are very wide-ranging, and include the creation of new products as diverse as healthcare devices, MEMS and aero/automotive parts. Before we properly and fully identify the most promising applications, we need to investigate key aspects of the performance of materials created by this new method. This aspect wasn’t envisaged in the original proposal and involves research into the mechanical properties (especially the strength and elastic modulus) of these 3D parts and their response to deformation and dynamic displacements, as well as their physical (including electrical) properties. These components will be highly resistant to attack by aggressive (e.g. acidic) media as well as highly tolerant to both low (cryogenic) and high (combustion) temperatures. The expected applications opened up by this new method to produce ceramic and ceramic-metal components of complex shape are extensive. Hence the need for this Proof of Concept study, which will focus on validating the process for 3D ceramic-metal and ceramic parts and evaluating the mechanical, chemical, electrical and physical attributes of the 3D shapes, and will explore their potential applications in this pre-demonstration phase.

Host institution

Net EU contribution
€ 149 500,00
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom

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North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 149 500,00

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