Prof Ping Xiao - research
Ceramic Coating Research Group
Ceramic coating research group consists of one PDRA, 12 PhD students, and one visiting academic. The research group is financially supported by EPSRC, European Commission, Rolls-Royce, and Chinese Aviation Industry Group. The research has active collaboration with both academia and industry including a number of partners in Europe. Research themes cover ceramic coating fabrication, chracterisation and performance study. The group has developed both chemical vapour deposition and electrophoretic deposition to produce ceramic coatings for applications in aeroengines and nuclear reactors. Properties of the ceramic coating, eg. thermal conductivity, residual stresses and mechanical property are being studied in relation to performance of these coatings in various industrial environments. The ceramic materials which have been studied covers Lanthium Zirconate, Yttria Stablized Zirconia and metallic coatings as thermal barrier coatings, SiC and carbon coatings for containment of nuclear fuels, and Litthium iron phosphate and Tin oxide as battery materials.