Next Generation Ceramic Composites
for Combustion Harsh Environments and Space

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Our purpose


As the aerospace industry advances towards hypersonic flight (Mach 5 or above – fast enough to travel from London to New York in under 1 hour), the quest for new, ground-breaking aircraft concepts has begun. High-speed aviation needs advanced materials that can survive extreme conditions.

The combination of exceptionally hot temperatures, chemically aggressive environments, and rapid heating and cooling is beyond the capabilities of current materials.

Our Goals

C³HARME partners have come together to design, develop and manufacture materials that will overcome the intrinsic problems of hypersonic flights. This new class of materials needs to be reliable, cost-effective and scalable. They must also be capable of in-situ repair of the damage caused during operation in severe aerospace environments.

Rocket nozzles will then be able to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh environments at launch and re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.


What we do

  • Identification of all technical requirements and constraints
  • Design and development of a new class of composites (CMCs with a UHTC matrix)
  • Lab-level technology validation of prototypes
  • Prototype manufacturing and up-scaling
  • Prototype demonstration in ground simulated environments and Proof of Concept of developed UHTCMCs

Project presentation

C³HARME (Next Generation Ceramic Composites For Combustion Harsh Environments And Space) is a research project funded under the NMP-19-2015 call of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The main purpose of C³HARME is the design, development, manufacturing and testing of a new class of Ceramic Matrix Composites based on ultra-high temperature ceramic matrices reinforced with SiC or C fibers suitable for application in severe aerospace environments.

The C³HARME consortium is composed of 3 academic institutions, 3 research centers, 3 large companies and 3 SMEs based in 6 different countries. The consortium ensures a critical mass of scientific expertise and excellence in key areas (materials science, engineering, process technology, material modelling, processing industrial scale up).

The project, started on 1 June 2016, will run for 48 months and it has been funded for a total of 8M€.

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