Sensor Coating Systems: Engineer receives the Royal Commission of 1851 Industrial Fellowship Award

Sensor Coating Systems: Engineer receives the Royal Commission of 1851 Industrial Fellowship Award

London, 27th September 2018

The Royal Commission of Exhibition 1851 has awarded Ms Marta Ferran Marqués with a prestigious “Industrial Fellowship” award. Marta works as a full-time materials engineer at Sensor Coating Systems developing temperature memory coatings. This award will facilitate the further development of temperature memory coatings helping engineers to design and manufacture more efficient engines in the future.

The Industrial Fellowship scheme is conducted by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to annually award a three-year research scholarship to approximately eight “young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise”. The fellowship is open to all nationalities and fields of science, including physical or biological sciences, mathematics, applied science, and any branch of engineering. The fellowship can be held anywhere in the United Kingdom. This prestigious award comes along with a scholarship which will give Marta the opportunity to work at SCS and simultaneously complete a doctor of philosophy (PhD) course at a higher education institution in the UK. The event, which took place at Imperial College London the home of the Royal Commission, saw 12 promising students awarded.

Marta is a nanomaterial scientist graduated with a BSc from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, subsequently receiving an MSc in Aerospace materials from Cranfield University. This fellowship will enable Marta and SCS to work closely with Professor John R Nicholls, Cranfield University. Marta’s objective is to understand and to improve the Thermal History Coating. A heat-sensitive luminescent coating that can sense and memorize temperatures of up to 1,500°C, which will open up a range of new application opportunities. This will be the first ever post operation surface temperature measurement technique to measure at this elevated range. Understanding how heat is distributed in such a harsh environment is crucial for engines to work at improved performance levels and at greater efficiencies, and simultaneously keep the engine’s integrity.


Dr Jörg Feist, Managing Director at Sensor Coating Systems, explained:

    We are absolutely delighted for Marta receiving this award. This collaborative award reflects on the need to push technology beyond its current limits and operate engines at higher and more efficient temperatures.

About Sensor Coating System Limited

Sensor Coating System Limited (SCS) pioneers sensor technology based on luminescence materials for engineering applications in demanding environments. Its award-winning technology (British Engineering Excellence Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Society of Mechanical Engineers) enables accurate temperature detection, corrosion and erosion monitoring and lifetime predictions. For high-temperature industrial machinery and, in doing so, assists in optimising its operation lowering fuel costs and maintaining material integrity. SCS relocated from its labs at Imperial College to Dagenham, London, in 2016. The larger facilities support the company’s growth in the aerospace, power generation and in the automotive sector, for an international customer base.

About Thermal History Technology

The Thermal History Technology is a unique luminescence-based sensing technology which enables engineers to record past temperatures on inaccessible components. The temperature measurement capability reaches from around 150°C to 1,400°C. This makes the technology very useful for the evaluation and design of mission-critical components in harsh environments such as a gas turbine or internal combustion engines.

The materials used in the Thermal History Technology have innate luminescence which permanently changes due to thermal exposure. Allowing the temperature to be measured by non-destructive excitation and detection of the luminescence light. The measurement device can be scanned across the surface to produce an accurate thermal profile of the surface. The materials are deposited using techniques pioneered for the most challenging applications and can survive for long durations under high thermal and mechanical loads. Offering both short- and long-term measurement of thermal characteristics.

About Royal Commission for Exhibition 1851

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 is an institution founded in 1850 to administer the international exhibition of 1851, officially called the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations. The Great Exhibition was held in The Crystal Palace in London, England, the enormous building was designed by Joseph Paxton for the Exhibition and construction was supervised by William Cubitt, using a cast iron space frame for the glass panes, with wooden beams for flooring.

The founding President of the Commission was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and its chief administrator was Henry Cole. The current president is Anne, Princess Royal.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research-based public university specialising in science, engineering, technology and management. It contains two campuses: the main campus is at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and the second is at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, southwest Oxfordshire. The main campus is unique in the United Kingdom and Europe for having a semi-operational airport (Cranfield Airport) on campus. Cranfield University owns and operates the airport. The airport facilities are used by Cranfield University’s own aircraft in the course of aerospace teaching and research.


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