The Academy of Sciences of the Czech rebublic - ASCR

Materials for fusion applications
  • Tungsten and tungsten-based materials
  • Plasma sprayed components of fusion devices
  • Interaction of plasma facing materials with tokamak plasma
  • Low-Z materials
Exploitation of WSP and WSP-H technology for plasma spraying
  • Plasma spraying of ceramics, metals, composites and natural materials
  • Reproducibility and influence of process parameters on the coating properties and their tailoring
  • Development of special thick coatings, freestanding parts, metal/ceramic sandwiches
  • Development of functionally graded materials (FGMs)
  • Development of thermal barriers
  • Plasma spraying of suspensions and solutions
  • Anti-corrosion protection of specialty alloys
  • Studies of interaction of materials with thermal plasma jet and emitted radiation
Characterization of materials produced by (not only) plasma technologies
  • Qualitative and quantitative phase analysis
  • Studies of microstructure and surface morphology
  • Residual stress analysis
  • Assessment of mechanical and thermal properties
  • Wear resistence measurement
  • Thermal stability and materials changes at elevated temperatures
  • Analysis of physical properties (photocatalysis, dielectric properties)
  • Development of special test methods
Nanocrystalline and amorphous coatings
  • Controlled melt crystallization at extreme solidification rates
  • Preparation of nanocomposite materials
Post-treatment of coatings
  • Porosity sealing
  • Surface remelting by laser, ion and electron beams
Sintering of nanomaterials and composites by SPS
  • Preparation of transparent ceramics
  • Preparation of hardmetals
  • Functionally graded materials
Damage/failure processes of layered materials
  • Fracture mechanics and fractography of coatings and interfaces
  • Studies of coating/substrate interface, internal materials interfaces, adhesion and cohesion
Modelling and numerical simulations
  • Mechanical and thermal properties of plasma sprayed coatings and composites
  • Residual stresses