Sensor Coating Systems launches new national aerospace project with NATEP and some leading international players

Sensor Coating Systems launches new national aerospace project with NATEP and some leading international players

London, 23rd August 2018

SCS and National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) alongside other partners, including NASA, Pratt & Whitney, Monitor Coatings, MAN Energy Solutions SE and UTRC. Have launched the project ‘CoAtings for Ultra high-Temperature detectION’ (CAUTION). The project will assist in developing a pioneering temperature mapping technology enabling the production and operation of more fuel-efficient jet engines and gas turbines. This will help to reduce CO2 emissions, will reduce fuel costs and hence will be in line with the long-term strategic goals of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in the UK.

CAUTION will push the boundaries for the Thermal History Technology to new levels for the aerospace industry. This project aims to enhance the temperature range of the Thermal History Coating in order to provide better results to end-users in the aerospace industry.

High-level objectives are the optimisation of the sensing material and coating manufacturing, improving high-temperature measurement accuracy at extreme temperatures and test the durability of the ‘memory coatings’ on dedicated test rigs and gas turbines. The project involves companies participating in the entire supply chain; from technology provider and coating manufacturer to the end user. This approach enables the development towards specifically defined target areas and assures a market pull for the technology.

The drive for higher fuel efficiencies and a reduction in CO2 emissions sees the requirement for higher operating temperature in combustion engines. This, however, requires more sophisticated component designs and a rapid temperature assessment capability during the testing phase. One of the benefits of the SCS system over conventional methods is the ability to use automated and objective readout methods delivering high-resolution temperature maps across large and complex surface areas. Another significant factor is the non-destructive, non-toxic property of the memory material, allowing a much more flexible approach in its application than traditional thermal paint methods and eliminating the requirement for post-test de-contamination or specific safety measures.


Dr Jörg Feist, Managing Director at Sensor Coating Systems said about CAUTION:

     We are very excited about bringing together these highly prestigious partners. The need for high-temperature measurements reflects the ambitions of the industry to achieve set emission targets. We are pleased to welcome Monitor Coatings as a UK supply chain partner joining us in the endeavours to provide advanced sensor coating manufacturing.

NATEP programme director, Harriet Wollerton:

     NATEP is a mentoring and grant funding programme targeted to enable technology development in small and medium-sized companies in the UK. This project has significant interest from global leaders in turbine technology and is based on a truly exciting technology developed in Britain.

About SCS

Sensor Coating Systems (SCS) provides a unique luminescence-based sensing technology which enables engineers to record past temperatures on previously inaccessible components. The temperature measurement capability reaches from around 150°C to 1400°C and will be pushed further under this project. This makes the technology very useful for the evaluation and design of mission-critical components in harsh environments such as gas turbines or internal combustion engines.

Sensor Coating System Limited spun out of Southside Thermal Sciences an Imperial College London spin-out itself and is privately funded. SCS has relocated from Imperial College to Dagenham, London, in 2016. The larger facilities support activities in the aerospace, power generation and automotive area for an international customer base.

About NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA’s vision is to “reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind”. NASA is helping transform aviation by developing advanced technologies for revolutionary aircraft shapes and propulsion, and for the airspace in which they fly, which dramatically improve efficiency, reduce noise and maintain safety in more crowded skies.

About Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney, based in Connecticut, is an American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations, it manufactures gas turbines for industrial and power generation and marine turbines. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units and is reported to have an operating profit of $1.9 billion in 2013 on revenues of $14.5 billion. The American aerospace manufacturer’s large commercial engines power more than 25% of the world’s mainline passenger fleet.

About UTRC

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is based in Connecticut, United States. UTRC partners with UTC business units such as Pratt & Whitney and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace.

About MAN Energy Solutions SE

MAN Energy Solutions SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. It designs two-stroke and four-stroke engines that are manufactured both by the company and by its licensees. The company also designs and manufactures gas turbines, steam turbines and compressors. The product range is rounded off by turbochargers, propellers, gas engines and chemical reactors.
MAN Energy Solutions’ range of goods includes complete marine propulsion systems, turbomachinery units for the oil & gas as well as the process industries and complete power plant solutions.

About Monitor Coatings

Monitor Coatings, based in North Shields, is the technology leader for surface engineering in extreme environments. By developing ultra-dense, high wear-resistant coatings based on a novel thermal spray and densification process. Monitor Coatings has earned its market position serving customers in the oil and gas, steel, power and aerospace industries. The surface engineering company has been part of Castolin Eutectic Group since April 2013.


NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme) is a UK programme to supports financially SMEs in developing their own innovative technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.


Dr Jörg Feist / Claudio Cavallo
Sensor Coating Systems Limited
p: 0203 7639 456

In the picture from left to right: Bryan Allcock (Head of R&D activities at Monitor Coatings), Christopher Pilgrim (Technical Director at SCS) and Alan Maskell (Technology Manager at NATEP) inspecting a combustion liner with a Thermal History Coating on it. Picture was taken in the SCS laboratories in London.

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