NTC Launches Project Adventure. The Goal Is to Improve the Surface Properties of Materials
The project is co-financed with the support of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic from the EPSILON program within the call of the M-ERA.NET 2 cofund.
The team of the New Technology Research Center (NTC) of the University of West Bohemia under the leadership of Jiří Martan was awarded an international project in which researchers from the Czech Republic and Saxony will work on the further development of unique laser surface texturing technology to achieve better surface properties of materials. Other participants in the project, with the acronym Adventure, are the Research and Testing Institute Pilsen and the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and a foreign partner is the Saxon Hochschule Mittweida, University of Applied Sciences.
three-year project "Advanced coating substrate preparation by shifted and
ultrafast laser texturing", officially launched on June 1st, 2021, aims to
strengthen existing Thermal Spray
Coating Technology by introducing a new Laser Surface Texturing (LST) technology. which can replace surface
grit blasting. „Thermal spray coating
technology enables the creation of highly functional coatings with excellent
properties that have a wide range of applications in industry as are
abrasion-resistance, hardness or the formation of thermal barriers, which have
a wide range of applications in industrial practice. However, the current coating technologies still have some limitations,
especially for applications where high reliability and durability of the bond
between the coating and the substrate is important. The ADVENTURE project
should result in a technology that overcomes the current limitations and thus
strengthens traditional surface preparation methods,” explains the project
leader Jiří Martan. He adds that the
international team wants to achieve higher productivity of LST technology,
improve the adhesion of materials, extend their life and reliability, and
reduce dust pollution and material consumption in the production of coatings.
„ Our main scientific challenge is to combine
for the first time the LST manufacturing technology from ultrafast polygonal
scanning, the shifted LST method, parallel processing with ultrafast laser
pulses and fast temperature measurement for high-performance machining,
Martan. NTC researchers have many years
of experience in laser texturing of various materials and thermodiagnostics of
laser processes. In the project, they will implement a unique shifted method of
laser texturing and a unique measurement system for fast temperature
measurement for monitoring and control of the process in nanoseconds.
Industrial companies around the world, from the aviation,
space, medical or energy industries, are looking for innovative technologies to
achieve ever-improving material surface properties. LST substrate preparation
technology has great potential to be introduced into industrial practice as it
is a clean, flexible, reproducible and environmentally friendly method.
New Technologies - Research Centre (NTC)
| Šárka Stará
08. 09. 2021