VAsCo - Volcanic Ash Resistant Thermal Barrier Coatings for Jet Engines

Volcanic Ash resistant thermal barrier Coatings for jet engines

About us

VAsCo is a collaboration between the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute (FhG UMSICHT) from Germany together with the Rzeszów University of Technology (RUT) and Aviation Valley Association (SDL) from Poland.

group picture (from left to right):

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Wolf (FhG UMSICHT), Dr. Paweł Rokicki (RUT), Dr. Dirk Müller (LMU), Dr. Ulrich Küppers (LMU), Adrian Huta (SDL), Dr. Kai-Uwe Hess (LMU), Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Fabian Stenzel (FhG UMSICHT), Christoph Weih (FhG UMSICHT), Klaus Dotzler (FhG UMSICHT)

LMU Munich

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is one of eleven universities that achieved elite status in the German Excellence Initiative (Bundesexzellenzinitiative). The volcanology group is led by Prof. Dr. Donald Bruce Dingwell. Members of this group have core-competences in volcanology, mineralogy and chemical engineering. The equipment of the institute allows a comprehensive characterization of various types of volcanic ashes and other inorganic materials through: electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy, powder-X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, viscometer, dilatometers and others.

responsible contact persons: Dr. Dirk Müller ; Dr. Kai-Uwe Hess

further information: LMU Mineralogy ; VERTIGO ITN


Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Fraunhofer institute UMSICHT, together with its branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg, covers a broad range of expertise for technical innovations in the fields of environmental, material, process and energy technology. The branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg itself has a long-time experience in thermal spraying and owns wide equipment for this technology. FhG SuRo is able to thermal spray coatings on a wide range of materials and composites. The main focus here is the development of processes for coating technologies to improve prefabricated parts and substrates. New coating materials and techniques for the protection against aggressive and hot surrounding conditions are developed individually according to industry requirements. Furthermore, the institute has a great deal of experience in the development of corrosion and wear resistant coatings.

responsible contact person: Dr. Volodymyr Palchyk

further information: FhG UMSICHT SuRo


Rzeszów University of Technology

On the 1st of October 2005, by the decision of Rzeszow University of Technology (RUT) President, Research and Development Laboratory for Aerospace Materials (RUT) has been created. The laboratory carries out RND tasks in collaboration with universities affiliated in The Center of Advanced Technology AERONET "Aviation Valley" and P&W Rzeszów S.A. in the field of high-tech materials for the aerospace industry. Head-director position is entrusted to Professor Jan Sieniawski - head of the Department of Materials Science at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. RUT has the status of unit affiliated in the premises of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics.

responsible contact person: Dr. Paweł Rokicki

further information: RUT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics


Aviation Valley Association

Stowarzyszenie Grupy Przedsiębiorców Przemysłu Lotniczego "Dolina Lotnicza" (SDL) (English name: Aviation Valley Association) is located in southeastern Poland, famous for its aerospace industry and pilot training centers. This region has a heavy concentration of aerospace industry, scientific research centres, as well as educational and training facilities. SDL is one of the best places in Central Europe for the development and fulfillment of aerospace projects. The SDL Association was started on April 11, 2003, as a non-profit organization, as a means to furthering the rapid development and growth of the aerospace industry in southeastern Poland. This historic decision was conceived by a group of leading aeronautic producers, suppliers and businessmen. The SDL currently represents 150 companies within the region, with several others in the process of applying for membership.

responsible contact person: Adrian Huta

further information: Aviation Valley Association