(L-to-R) Dr. Erik Frank, Dr. Panagiotis Karagiozidis, Peter Steiger, Dr. Bernd Clauß, Dr. Nicolas Miègeville, Dr. Stephanie Pfeifer, Dr. Yves Boussant-Roux, Prof. Michael Buchmeiser (Source: DITF)
Metal oxide ceramic fibers are an essential component of fiber-reinforced ceramic materials (CMC: Ceramic Matrix Composites), which are increasingly important for a wide range of high-temperature applications. The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany, have signed an agreement with the Ceramics Business Unit of Tour Saint-Gobain, Courbevoie/France, on cooperation and joint development in the field of metal oxide ceramic fibers.
Fiber reinforcement produces a damage-tolerant ceramic material that is no longer brittle and is superior to monolithic ceramics, making it highly desirable from a technical and commercial point of view. Potential applications include components in industrial furnaces, charge carriers for temperature treatment and, in the high-tech sector, components in high efficiency stationary gas turbines, lower fuel consumption aircraft gas turbines and in space applications. A significant increase in the industrial use of CMCs is forecast for the coming years, and with it, a growing demand for ceramic fibers.