Material with Excellent Durability under Harsh Environment

Request Number REQ0350184
Due Date September 29, 2017
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Material with Excellent Durability under Harsh Environment
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a leading equipment manufacturer, seeks a technology for highly durable material supposed to be used under harsh environments, in particular those involving electrical discharges. Our client eventually aims to apply a promising technology to high-temperature-plasma equipment, but would welcome a wide range of proposals for insulating materials and processing technologies developed for other applications.


The major equipment manufacturer, a client of NineSigma, develops and manufactures electric equipment for high-temperature plasmas. Repetitive exposures to plasmas result in undesirable degradation of internal materials and components, due to high-energy radiation and thermal shock produced by plasmas.


Our client has made effort to search promising materials or processing technologies to realize high-durability component. This time, the client puts a focus on materials investigated for other fields that are potentially to be used in harsh environments. It has decided to carry out this open call in order to accelerate the development.


Key Success Criteria

Use environment of material

Generation of high-temperature plasmas results in the following factors leading to material deterioration. Every factor makes effects within an extremely short period of a few milliseconds:

  • Large thermal shock: Up to tens of thousands ℃ (dropping to room temperature after a few milliseconds)
  • Radiation of high-intensity ultraviolet rays: Approx. 1011 W/m2


Expected characteristics for the desired material

Proposed material should maintain the following characteristics even after several dozen of repetitive exposures to high-temperature plasmas as described above:

  • Insulation: 1014 Ω·m or higher of volume resistivity
  • Stiffness: No crack damages or significant deformation as bulk component


Although the client seeks highly durable materials as mentioned above, proven results are not mandatory for the proposed material at this stage. We welcome a wide variety of materials and processing technologies potentially to achieve the requirements via additional development of two years.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

The client will review submitted proposals and possibly ask clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select the best candidate(s) through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute non-disclosure agreements (NDA) with selected respondent(s), seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreement(s) with the selected respondent(s) and move to the development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches include, but are not limited to the followings. Materials with excellent workability are particularly welcome.

  • High-durability insulating materials
    • Ceramic materials
    • Resin materials
    • Composite of resin and ceramics
  • High-durability surface coating technologies
  • Other functional materials
    • Self-healing materials
    • Insulating materials with high thermal conductivity


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • Supply Agreement
Items to be submitted

Responses will use the Proposal Template which is linked to the “attachments” shown at the bottom of the link <REQ0350184> and include the following items:

  • Overview of the technology
  • Uniqueness of the technology
  • Development stage (Concept level / performance verified at a lab level / implemented for practical use)
  • Current performance (to the extent currently known)
    • Applications and past achievement of the proposed material
    • Evaluation results of various characteristics
      • Thermal shock resistance
      • UV resistance
      • Insulating characteristics
    • Workability
    • Material / processing costs


Area of Interest
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