Industrial development of advanced structural ceramics: SiC-fibres
VIARD A. 1, ROTHMANN M. 1, HUMBS W. 1
1 BJS Ceramics GmbH, Bayreuth, Germany
Structural ceramics have aroused growing interest in the past decades as possible candidates for high demanding applications (harsh environments, high stress …). They allow for the development of promising solutions to address today’s challenges. Non-oxide ceramic matrix composites have found several commercial uses in the past years which motivated further development projects. Besides this, market perspectives have also motivated growing efforts from the industry to bring such technological products to higher maturity and to develop production processes and production facilities.
Industrialization of such high-tech components exhibits for sure tremendous challenges: scale-up of highly complex processes from the laboratory-scale to an industrial-scale, development of appropriate production facilities, build-up of a robust long term supply strategy, quality and qualification of products … BJS Ceramics GmbH has implanted its activity in Europe to develop advanced non-oxide structural ceramics. Its strategy relies on a European-centred activity aiming for independency and reliability for European countries in the supply of such export-controlled products.
This talk will present our experience in the industrialization of SiC-fibres and aim to highlight some key aspects regarding the production of advanced structural ceramics.