Many industries run their operations at very high temperatures (up to 3000 °C) to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. Accurate knowledge of materials that can function reliably at these extreme temperatures, for example in shuttle re-entry, gas turbine blades, and nuclear fission reactors, is therefore essential. Although it’s possible to measure thermophysical properties (thermal diffusivity, spectral emissivity, specific heat, and fusion temperature) of solid materials up to 3000 °C, neither reference facilities nor materials exist for higher than 1500 °C. As a result, measurements made above this temperature have no traceable accuracy or consistency.
This project will establish new methods for characterising the thermophysical properties of any solid material up to 3000 °C, and launch a network of reference facilities and materials available to industry. By supporting reliable measurement practices, this project will improve the understanding of high-temperature materials and enable industries such as the aeronautics and energy sectors to develop novel and innovative materials.