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EPSRC Reference: EP/V010093/1
Title: Advanced ceramics from liquid feedstock for aerospace propulsion
Principal Investigator: Hussain, Professor T
Other Investigators:
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Concordia University Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Stony Brook University
Surface Eng for Advanced Mat. (SEAM) Treibacher Industrie AG Turbine Surface Technologies Limited
University of Manchester, The University West Xi'an Jiatong University
Department: Faculty of Engineering
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 01 October 2021 Ends: 30 September 2026 Value (£): 1,736,743
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
26 Jan 2021 Engineering Fellowship Interview Panel 26 and 27 January 2021 Announced
06 Oct 2020 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 6 and 7 October 2020 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Ceramics are an important group of materials and their processing into aerospace coatings and components requires specialist techniques. Current methodologies for new materials discovery and development are wasteful, energy inefficient, and not representative of the production scale environment. This Early Career Fellowship in the priority area of Advanced Materials Engineering will demonstrate that new ceramic compositions can be processed from liquids with a high power, high efficiency and high velocity three cathode plasma source with axial injection as the primary technique. My vision is to establish modelling tools and advanced materials processing techniques that will enable the design and manufacture of advanced ceramic coatings and components with tailored microstructure with thermal, electrical and environmental barrier properties fine-tuned to their desired applications. This will enable unique microstructure of ceramic coatings coupled with fine-tuned thermal, environmental and electrical properties for thermal barrier coatings in the aero gas turbines, environmental barrier coatings for ceramic matrix composites in those turbines, electrolytes for fuel cells and solar cells in auxiliary power generation for electric aircraft, dielectric coatings for aero electric motors, wear and high temperature oxidation and corrosion resistant coatings for various critical components in the aero-engine. To facilitate widespread industrial uptake, I will develop a new high throughput process with reduced waste and improved sustainability based on high power, high velocity plasma, enabling the production of tailored ceramic coatings and components of the required nanostructure and microstructure of the required pore architecture in large volumes at a fraction of a cost of current techniques. This will enable the manufacture of coatings with bespoke compositions and provide unprecedented control of pore size, shape, fraction and distribution which are essential for thermal, environmental and electrical properties of these coatings. The integrated approach to materials discovery and manufacture will lead to creation of products for the aerospace industry with improved properties, performances and reduced materials processing times, in line with the aims of the fellowship priority area.
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