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ThermaSiC Report Summary

Project ID: 738789

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ThermaSiC (New generation wear and corrosion coating enabling European industry growth)

Reporting period: 2016-12-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main problem being addressed in the project is the challenge of making thermal spray coatings based on SiC.

Many industrial parts are today coated to be able to resist many different kinds of wear, corrosion and heat. However, today´s coatings are not good enough. In an ideal world, coatings would be made of Silicon Carbide (SiC) – one of
the hardest materials in the world. Until now, however, one has only been able to make coatings of SiC in small vacuum chambers,an expensive method. The preferred method for coating is thermal spray but as SiC has no melting point it just sublimes
when being heated up. Hence materials with inferior properties compared to SiC are now used as coatings. This is the challenge now solved by Seram Coatings AS (SC).

This is very important for society in order to increase lifetime and lower lifetime costs of many different kinds of capital equipment found in for example jet engines, gas turbines, pistons, heat exchangers et cetera. In addition this will have a very positive environmental effect as it is expected to outperform less environmental friendly materials such as chrome, cobalt and tungsten carbide. The weight of for example jet engines will be lower by using ThermaSiC material and will effect in less emissions being made.

The objective of the ThermaSiC project is to commercialise this break-through invention and disruptive technology and enter the EU and US markets for high performance ceramic coatings. The project will focus on two key applications and include some technological development introducing metals into the powder material of Seram Coatings. A successful project will prove the ThermaSiC product for key customer applications, preferably for the two applications focused on in the project.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The first half of the project has focused on the upscaling from lab scale to pilot line and manufacturing scale. This has been a bit more time consuming and complicated than expected, although it now seems that we are back on track. In short we have benefitted very much from bringing in experienced manufacturing personnel and industrial chemists and will now start manufacturing for phase 2 of the project so that some applications can be proven.

The initial stage included moving into new premises and making them ready for pilot line production - including receiving a lot of new equipment and getting this installed and handled by current staff.

In the scaling up work we have defined and started performing professional manufacturing analysis of a multistep chemical process as well as powder manufacturing with spray drying combined with heat treatments in different kinds of ovens. Each process step has been carefully studied and we are close to freezing all steps on the chemical side as well as spraying, but need some more work on the heat treatment stage.

We have engaged the different stakeholders in the project and submitted a stakeholder analysis - as well as having documented manufacturing costs and expected gross margin on the product.

To be able to scale up we have needed more people than previously expected, including consultants.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

We have documented that we have been able to spray SiC with thermal spray and formed coatings. Qualities will be improved step by step after finalizing heat treatment process in the months to come. SiC being thermally sprayed is unique.

We do expect to prove ThermaSiC material for key customer applications, but we are not sure if the chosen two in focus would be the ideal for our material yet.

If successful with project we expect to strengthen key European industries as well as preparing the ground for many new manufacturing jobs in Norway and EU.

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