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EPSRC Reference: GR/S84484/01
Title: FARADAY: Suspension-based fabrication of nanostructured materials for engineering applications
Principal Investigator: Xiao, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Withers, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Alstom Group Loughborough University Magnesium Elektron Ltd (UK)
Morgan Matroc Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Tungsten Manufacturing Ltd
Turbine Surface Technologies Limited
Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Faraday (PreFEC)
Starts: 01 November 2004 Ends: 31 January 2007 Value (£): 100,128
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Complex fluids & soft solids Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Related Grants:
GR/S84477/01
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The aim of the programme is to develop process routes that will yield nanostructured ceramic and metal/ceramic composite coatings, thick films and bulk materials that are suitable for engineering applications.The work will develop four key technologies, each in their own right making significant contributions to our ability to process nanostructured materials. Since existing commercial nanopowders are generally very heavily agglomerated and extremely expensive, the work will begin with research into the synthesis and subsequent characterisation of nanopowders from low cost solvents, the aim being to control particle growth and particle agglomeration. The research will then focus on the production of suspensions with controlled rheology that are suitable for the production of green bodies, coatings and thick films by a range of different techniques. After manufacture, the bodies, coatings and films will be densified using controlled sintering techniques to yield products that should have superior properties and increased functionality in comparison with conventional structural materials. They will be characterised for use as thermal barrier coatings (Zr02), erosion and wear resistance (A1203 & Ni/A1203), filament protection (Ce02) and solid oxide fuel cell applications.
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