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Project nr. 685594
Starting date: 01/06/2016
Duration: 48 months
NMP-19-2015 Materials for severe operating conditions, including added-value functionalities
Action:Research and Innovation Action   

  There is an increasing demand for advanced materials with temperature capability in highly corrosive environments for aerospace. Rocket nozzles of solid/hybrid rocket motors must survive harsh thermo-chemical and mechanical environments produced by high performance solid propellants (3000-3700K). Thermal protection systems for space vehicles flying at Mach 7 must withstand projected service temperatures up to 2800K associated to convective heat fluxes up to 15 MW/m2 and intense mechanical vibrations at launch and re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.The combination of extremely hot temperatures, chemically aggressive environments and rapid heating/cooling is beyond the capabilities of current materials.

  Main purpose of C3HARME is to design, develop, manufacture, test and validate a new class of out-performing, reliable, cost-effective and scalable Ultra High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (UHTCMCs) based on C or SiC fibres/preforms enriched with ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) capable of in-situ repairing damage induced during operation in severe aerospace environments.

  C3HARME is coordinated by CNR-ISTEC, and count 4 italian partners and 8 from Europe (Germany, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain)

  C3HARME will apply to two main applications: near-ZERO erosion rocket nozzles that must maintain dimensional stability during firing in combustion chambers, and near-ZERO ablation thermal protection systems enabling hypersonic space vehicles to maintain flight performance.

  C3HARME represents a well balanced mix of innovative and consolidated technologies, mitigating the level of risk intrinsic in top-notch research and innovation development. C3HARME starts from TRL of 3-4 and focuses on TRL 6 thanks to a strong industrial partnership, including SMEs and large companies. To reach TRL 6, rocket nozzles and TPS tiles with realistic dimensions and shape will be fabricated, assembled into a suitable system, and validated in a relevant ambient (environment centered test).

  This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°685594.

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