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EP/F033605/1 - Building New Capability in Structural Ceramics

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Professor WE Lee EP/F033605/1 - Building New Capability in Structural Ceramics

Principal Investigator - Materials, Imperial College London

Other Investigators

Professor C Hankin, Co InvestigatorProfessor C Hankin

Professor A Kinloch, Co InvestigatorProfessor A Kinloch

Scheme

Science and Innovation Awards

Research Areas

Materials Engineering - Ceramics Materials Engineering - Ceramics

Materials For Energy Applications Materials For Energy Applications

Collaborators

TWI Ltd TWI Ltd

The University of Manchester The University of Manchester

Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd

Queen Mary, University of London Queen Mary, University of London

Pilkington Technology Pilkington Technology

Nexia Solutions Nexia Solutions

Murata manufacturing company Ltd Murata manufacturing company Ltd

Magnesita SA Magnesita SA

Kerneos Kerneos

Kennametal Sintec Keramik UK Ltd Kennametal Sintec Keramik UK Ltd

IDEA LEAGUE IDEA LEAGUE

Heraeus Electro Nite International NV Heraeus Electro Nite International NV

FCT Ingenieurkeramik GmbH FCT Ingenieurkeramik GmbH

Dynamic-Ceramic Ltd Dynamic-Ceramic Ltd

Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL

Corus Strip Products UK Corus Strip Products UK

CERAM Research CERAM Research

Calcarb Calcarb

Applied Functional Materials Limited Applied Functional Materials Limited

Advanced Defence Materials Ltd Advanced Defence Materials Ltd

Adelan Ltd Adelan Ltd

Start Date

07/2008

End Date

06/2013

Value

£5,434,535

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Summary and Description of the grant

We plan to create a world-leading, multidisciplinary, UK Structural Ceramics Centre to underpin research and development of these highly complex materials. Structural ceramics are surprisingly ubiquitous not only in obvious traditional applications (whitewares, gypsum plaster, house bricks, furnace refractories, dental porcelains and hip/knee prostheses) but in hidden applications where their electrical behaviour is also important such as in computers, mobile phones, DVDs etc. Structural ceramics are enabling materials which underpin many key areas of the economy including: energy generation, environmental clean-up, aerospace and defence, transport and healthcare. Key areas where important developments can be made in energy generation include ceramics for plutonium immobilisation and for next generation nuclear reactor fuels, for ion conductors in solid oxide fuel cells, and for storage of hydrogen for the projected hydrogen economy. Porous ceramics need to be developed for heavy metal and radionuclide capturing filters to help with environmental remediation of soil, air and water and for storage of carbon captured from burning fossil fuels. The next generation of space shuttles and other military aircraft will rely on ceramic and composite thermal protection systems operating at over 2000C. Ceramic coatings on turbine blades in aircraft enable them to function at temperatures above the melting point of the metals alloys from which they are mostly made, and improved ceramics capable of operation at even higher temperatures will confer improved fuel efficiency with environmental benefits. Our troops need improved personal body & vehicle armour to operate safely in troubled areas and the latest generation of armour materials will use ceramic laminate systems but improvements always need to be made in this field. Ceramic are used increasingly for bone and tooth replacement with the latest materials having the ability to allow natural bone ingrowth and with mechanical properties close to natural bone. It is clear the improved understanding of the mechanical behaviour of ceramics, better and simpler processing and the ability to model structure-processing-property relations over many length scales will lead to significant benefit not just to the UK but to mankind. Our aim is to combine the capabilities of two internationally-leading Departments at Imperial College London (Materials and Mechanical Engineering) to form the Centre of Excellence. The Centre will act as a focal point for UK research on structural ceramics but will encourage industrial and university partners to participate in UK and international R&D programmes. 51 companies and universities have already expressed the wish to be involved with promised in-kind support at over 900K. Research activities will be developed in three key areas: -Measurement of mechanical properties and their evolution in extreme environments such as high temperatures, demanding chemical environments, severe wear and impact conditions and combinations of these.-High Temperature Processing and Fabrication. In particular, there is a need for novel approaches for materials which are difficult to process such as borides, carbides, nitrides, materials with compositional gradients and ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). -Modelling of the time-dependence of deformation and fracture of ceramics to predict the useful lifetime of components. The modelling techniques will vary from treating the material as a homogeneous block down to describing the atomic nature of the materials and links between these approaches will be established.In addition to providing the funding that will enable us to create the nucleus from which the centre can grow, mutually beneficial relations with industry, universities and research centres in the UK and abroad will be developed to ensure that a large group of researchers will remain active long after the period for which funding is sought will have ended.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Building New Capability in Structural Ceramics - EP/F033605/1
Start Date: 2008-07-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2013-06-30T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: Imperial College London

Description: We plan to create a world-leading, multidisciplinary, UK Structural Ceramics Centre to underpin research and development of these highly complex materials. Structural ceramics are surprisingly ubiquitous not only in obvious traditional applications (whitew ...