CEM-WAVE Project

CEM-WAVE Project


Novel Ceramic Matrix Composites produced with Microwave assisted Chemical Vapour Infiltration process for energy-intensive industries

The goal of the CEM-WAVE project is introducing an innovative Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) production process, based on Microwave-assisted Chemical Vapour Infiltration technologies. This novel proposed process will extremely reduce processing costs, thus making CMCs sustainable for process industries in energy-intensive sectors such as steelmaking. Adaptation and optimisation of current processes to the increased use of renewable energy sources is particularly important in energy-intensive industries. Novel materials are needed to sustain conditions, such as higher temperatures and corrosive environments while guaranteeing energy efficiency and high performances.

Materials potentially able to withstand such extreme conditions keeping excellent thermo-mechanical properties already exist but are currently used only in few sectors due to the high production costs. CEM-WAVE aims at validating, in a radiant tube furnace, a small-scale CMC-based tube embedded with sensors, substituting Inconel/Stainless steel alloys currently employed. The research and innovation work will be flanked by Artificial Intelligence-aided modelling research to predict the material behaviour and will develop innovative joining and coating technologies to produce complex shaped components and further improving their high-temperature corrosion resistance. Life-Cycle Assessment, Life-Cycle Costing and Thermoeconomic Analysis will guarantee the project follows at every step the best directions in term of sustainability and future market uptake of the generated results.


H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2020-singlestage /  LC-SPIRE-08-2020 – Novel high performance materials and components (RIA)

Grant agrreement ID
Start – end date
1 October 2020 – 31 March 2024
Budget and funding
€ 4 878 720 / € 4 878 720

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958170.