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NEXT  GENERATION  CERAMIC  COMPOSITES  FOR COMBUSTION  HARSH  ENVIRONMENTS AND SPACE

NEXT GENERATION CERAMIC COMPOSITES FOR COMBUSTION HARSH ENVIRONMENTS AND SPACE

Objective

There is an increasing demand for advanced materials with temperature capability in highly corrosive environments for aerospace. Rocket nozzles of solid/hybrid rocket motors must survive harsh thermochemical and mechanical environments produced by high performance solid propellants (2700-3500°C). Thermal protection systems (TPS) for space vehicles flying at Mach 7 must withstand projected service temperatures up to 2500°C associated to convective heat fluxes up to 15 MWm-2 and intense mechanical vibrations at launch and re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The combination of extremely hot temperatures, chemically aggressive environments and rapid heating/cooling is beyond the capabilities of current materials. Main purpose of C3HARME is to design, develop, manufacture, test and validate a new class of out-performing, reliable, cost-effective and scalable Ultra High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (UHTCMCs) based on C or SiC fibres/preforms enriched with ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) capable of in-situ repairing damage induced during operation in severe aerospace environments. C3HARME will apply to two main applications: near-ZERO erosion rocket nozzles that must maintain dimensional stability during firing in combustion chambers, and near-ZERO ablation thermal protection systems enabling hypersonic space vehicles to maintain flight performance. C3HARME represents a well-balanced mix of innovative and consolidated technologies, mitigating the level of risk intrinsic in top-notch research and innovation development. C3HARME starts from TRL of 3-4 and focuses on TRL 6 thanks to a strong industrial partnership, including SMEs and large companies. To reach TRL 6, rocket nozzles and TPS tiles with realistic dimensions and shape will be fabricated, assembled into a suitable system, and validated in a relevant ambient (environment centered test). Project results could be easily extended to the energy, medical and/or nuclear environments.
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 266 362,91

Participants (12)

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IN SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 390 159,89

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 678 861,86

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 986 319,46

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 500 962,13

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 376 534,26

AVIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 988 133,68

AVIO SPA

Italy

NANOKER RESEARCH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 391 729,78

FHP- FREZITE HIGH PERFORMANCE LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 340 500,13

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 913 968,81

AIRBUS DS GMBH

Germany

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 199 502,06

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 685594

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2016

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 033 034,97

  • EU contribution

    € 8 033 034,97

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy