InVECOF Project in a nutshell!


The two main objectives of the project are:

  • To develop an oxide ceramic reinforcing fibre and establish a production chain. The production line (TRL7) will be built at RATH in Mรถnchengladbach, Germany.
  • To develop and validate a next-generation oxide ceramic fiber with improved thermo-mechanical properties (TRL5). Research on the new fiber recipes is done by ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ฎ๐ง๐ก๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐‡๐“๐‹/๐ˆ๐’๐‚, ๐ˆ๐‘๐‚๐„๐‘ (๐‚๐๐‘๐’) and ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐ข๐ฆ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ. In addition, a TRL5 fiber production plant will be established at Fraunhofer in Bayreuth, Germany.

The produced fibers will be tested by the end-user partners (๐๐ฒ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ, ๐๐จ๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ง, ๐‘๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ญ, ๐๐‹๐‘ & ๐€๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ž) with aim to validate their applicability for the production of so-called oxide ceramic matrix composites (O-CMC).

O-CMCs are ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ-๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ, possess a ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž and can ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž-๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ. Therefore, they can be used in applications where metals have reached their limitations, such as:

โœ” in ๐š๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ (e.g. aircraft engines – turbines & nozzles, thermal protection tiles, etc.);

โœ” in ๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ (high-strength armour and ballistic protection materials);

โœ” as ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ (nickel and titanium), and more.

Oxide ceramic fibers and their composites are currently exclusively produced outside of Europe. However, they have a wide application which makes them a critical and strategic material in the EU. Up to 25% of the global production of these fibers is imported to EU.

Moreover, establishing an European production chain is essential not only for improving European resilience related to critical materials, but also for increasing their global supply and lowering the prices.

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