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

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."

Coordinator

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI

Address

Via Giusti 9
50121 Firenze

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 644 109,25

Administrative Contact

Andrea Lazzeri (Prof.)

Participants (20)

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SNECMA PROPULSION SOLIDE

France

EU Contribution

€ 68 688

WARRANT HUB SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 360 960

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 503 196

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 482 710

ARCHER TECHNICOAT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 396 415,50

Sairem Iberica S.L

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 284 720

FRICKE UND MALLAH MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 476 662,34

FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 236 800

BREMBO SGL CARBON CERAMIC BRAKES SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 389 030

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 282 304,16

Erbicol SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 410 898,62

PETROCERAMICS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 601 159,06

SCHUNK KOHLENSTOFF-TECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 480 820

HERAKLES SA

France

IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 270 413

CVT GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

BALTIC STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY VOENMEKH NAMED AFTER D F USTINOV

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 165 313,50

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 153 680

STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 308 000

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 485 120,56

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280464

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 584 254,14

  • EU contribution

    € 7 151 000

Coordinated by:

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI

Italy