Testing of coatings and components under combined stresses in aggressive industrial environments, harsh environmental condition and extreme pressure and temperature conditions over 25 yr accelerated exposure
T.1 Testing of full-scale components in harsh environmental conditions including icing (SIRRIS):
Ageing, corrosion, and combined stresses in extreme conditions including icing cycles. Massive testing of sample under accelerated cycles. Development of standards.
T.2 Test bed for the evaluation of nano-coated components under combined stresses aggressive industrial environments (KIT):
Accelerated corrosion (cathodic delaminator) in industrial ambient (HCl, H2SO4, NOx…). Accelerated I.C non-destructive testing. Development of standards.
T.3 Test bed for corrosion and mechanical performance of large sized bolted connections (up to M72) and steel structures (LUH):
Systematic investigation of the combination of influences from nano-coatings, pretensioning of the bolts and corrosion of the connection and identification of influences on service life of the connection to prove the usability of high- strength bolted connections under extreme environmental conditions (immersed and buried). High frequency accelerated fatigue tests in combination with chamber. Development of standards and design of coatings/materials system for bolted joints.
T.4 Combined stresses at extreme P and T conditions (TECNALIA):
Vacuum, cryogenic and high temperature and chemical exposure corrosion and wear testing of coated component for turbines, aero-space actuators, heaters, boilers…
T.5 Component Corrosion Test Platform (TECNALIA):
Accelerated corrosion and combined stressed in marine conditions, including immersed. splash and ambient zone. Dynamic fouling testing. Thermography follow-up. Testing of equipment in real offshore operation conditions. Development of standards.
Coating and components in Operational environments
T.6 Testing of the membranes on real waste water mimicking streams (IIT):
Membrane testing and modelling: lab and mini-pilot scale, 2.5” modules at ambient conditions. Applications: water purification, electro-membrane processes. pervaporation and gas separations. Structural and surface characterization for modelling. Graphene membranes models generation. Graphene mono-atomic enabled membranes design.
T.7. Testing facility for nano-textured/coated Technical Components in relative motion (LUH):
Real application testing for friction, energy loss, wear, durability. Replication of realistic operating conditions and environment in lab incl. transient duty cycles. Model-based design and optimization of multiscale surface texturing incl. microscale texture and nanoscale roughness for advanced contact, friction and wear properties for metallic and moulded polymer parts. Optical wear analysis of parts in use incl identification of dominant friction and wear mechanisms. Temperature tracking of friction contacts.
T.8 Cavitation tunnel & towing tank (SSPA):
Towing tank testing of new surfaces and coatings for skin friction and improved drag effects. Inclusion of measured surfaces to SSPA skin friction database, to offer immediate and accurate context of the new surface in relation to surfaces seen on vessels today (including new coatings, fouling, aging and damaged surfaces). Evaluation of decrease fuel consumption from Skin Friction Database, or more accurate methods using CFD which will also allow non-uniform distribution of surface topology. New surfaces LCOE analysis. Coatings wear and cavitation wear rate.
T9 Closed cavitation test loop for centrifugal pumps (DCU):
Assessment of the effectiveness of nano-enabled surfaces designed to control and minimize cavitation in centrifugal pumps by high-speed imaging and high frequency pressure sensing. Track-changes to the morphology of the texturing (using the metrology techniques described above) and assessment of the longer-term impact on the effectiveness of the cavitation control.