Lucideon and the National Composites Centre (NCC) have forged a closer collaboration to develop advanced ceramic composites solutions to meet a growing market demand for materials that survive in ever harsher environments
Both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a comprehensive range of services in the use of oxide and non-oxide ceramic composite materials for a variety of applications.
Under the arrangement, Lucideon will focus on providing analysis and evaluation, and supporting the development of advanced materials and applications, with NCC concentrating on full system and product design, and industrial scale development.
Tim Abbott, Business Manager at Lucideon, said: “Due to global challenges such as energy security and Net Zero, there is an increasing need for new, affordable technologies that will endure longer durations in increasingly harsh environments.
“To enable this, novel materials and manufacturing processes are required to deliver a step-change in technology performance and survivability. Lucideon’s expertise in advanced ceramics and ceramic matrix composites is well aligned with NCC. The collaboration will provide the marketplace with end-to-end capability to address their challenges, from fundamental materials development, through to full system design and validation.”
A development and commercialisation organisation (DCO), Lucideon specialises in materials technology, processes, and analysis and evaluation.
The agreement with NCC will also encompass Lucideon’s access to the new state-of-the-art AMRICC Centre, developed to channel new routes to commercialisation in the advanced ceramics sector.
Hosted at Lucideon’s site in Staffordshire, the AMRICC Centre houses a wide selection of next-generation, high-value equipment - bringing together cutting-edge technology under one roof and offering unrivalled opportunities to solve specific materials challenges in an ultra-modern environment.
Matt Hocking, Head of Energy at the National Composites Centre, said: “We are seeing demand for engineering solutions in high temperature, extreme, and harsh environments emerge now, and this is expected to grow substantially.
“The current challenges around security or supply and cost effectiveness also needs to be addressed in order for the UK to become competitive across many industries.
“It is these challenges that the collaboration, in combination with wider industrial partners such as Lucideon, will address.”
As part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), the NCC is an independent, open-access technology centre delivering world-class research and development, with a key focus on composites, hydrogen, digital engineering, and sustainability, across a range of sectors, including energy, aerospace, defence and space, and surface transport.
Its work includes the development of engineering solutions for extreme temperature applications whilst simultaneously maturing and growing a UK-based materials, engineering, and product supply chain to serve New Nuclear, with a focus on finding the most sustainable solutions.