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Materials for demanding environments

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Key features: Investment of up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore improving the performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments.

The aim of this competition is to demonstrate a novel or radical improvement in materials’ operational performance and reliability in demanding environments. These demanding environments may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following:

  • high or low temperature and/or temperature cycling
  • abrasive conditions
  • high or low pressure
  • high corrosion and/or erosion
  • highly ionising/high radiation
  • high electromagnetic radiation
  • high blast
  • excessloadbearing
  • highimpact
  • excessivewear
  • high/extended lifetimes
  • fire/highoxidation

There are no limits to the location of the demanding environment. It can include both manufactured/constructed products and biological systems (such as in the human body). Again, the following list is not exhaustive, but application areas might include one or more of the following:

  • the built environment and construction
  • transport,including land,sea and aerospace
  • energy, including both renewables and fossil fuels
  • space
  • biological systems
  • The materials technologies themselves might include one or more of the following:
  • novel nano materials applications
  • ceramics with improved thermal shock
  • metals and intermetallics for enhanced high-temperature operation
  • high-performance polymers
  • composite materials
  • anti-corrosion coatings
  • joining of dissimilar materials
  • smart materials

The aim of this competition is to support early-stage projects that demonstrate emerging technologies in advanced materials. We expect that these materials will be able to deliver enhanced performance at a larger scale than is currently the case. We also anticipate that successful new technologies will continue through a validation phase after the completion of the project and be further developed to a higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL). Projects should deliver a tangible outcome, such as a small-scale demonstration of the technology.

Deadline: 18 November

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Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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