Plasma wind tunnel characterization of plasma-sprayed UHTC coatings

Conference Dates

September 17-20, 2017


Ceramic coatings are widely used as thermal barrier or as oxidation barrier, in many industrial applications. The use of UHTC is mandatory when dealing with hypersonic vehicles characterized by high thermal flux in oxidizing environment.

Since 2000, in the framework of the national aerospace research program (PRORA-SHS) and within various other National and European programs, CIRA has studied, developed, and tested monolithic UHTCs and UHTC coatings on different high temperature structural materials. Small winglets and nose made in UHTC (EXPERT and SHARK project) or UHTC coated (SCRAMSPACE project) were designed, manufactured and installed on rockets or re-entry vehicles for in-flight qualification. Unfortunately, only the SHARK nose tip experienced the flighty environment.

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