Testing ultra-high temperature ceramic composites at 2700C.
(Credit: Image courtesy of University of Loughborough)

Creating Next-Generation Materials Able to Operate in the Toughest Environments

Feb. 22, 2013 — Loughborough University is leading a new £4.2 million research project to develop next-generation materials able to operate in the most extreme environments.

The conditions in which materials are required to function are becoming ever more challenging. Operating temperatures and pressures are increasing in all areas of manufacture, energy generation, transport and environmental clean-up. Often the high temperatures are combined with severe chemical environments and exposure to high energy and, in the nuclear industry, to ionising radiation.

The production and processing of next-generation materials capable of operating in these conditions will be a major challenge, especially at the scale required in many of these applications. In some cases, totally new compositions, processing and joining strategies will have to be developed.

Read more: Creating next-generation materials able to operate in the toughest environments — Science Daily.

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