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Graphic element A new range of diamond and silicon carbide sensors
     
 
Advanced sensors, including thermistors, pressure transducers, flow sensors and optical detectors, were produced using a new plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition technology.
 

Advanced sensors are becoming more and more prevalent in today's increasingly automated and remote-controlled manufacturing and operating environments. The superior material properties of diamond and silicon carbide, including high chemical resistance, large thermal conductivities, hardness and elastic properties, make them ideal for replacing conventional sensor materials in the fabrication of sensors for hostile environments.

This project aimed to produce a new range of diamond and silicon carbide sensors. Demonstration sensors, including thermistors, pressure transducers, flow sensors, and colour or optical detectors, were produced using a newly developed plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition technology.

Partners say the new sensors are expensive and further co-operation is required to adapt them to industrial applications, but a number of spin-off developments have already been exploited. These include very high purity silane products and boron trichloride, which can be manufactured using the techniques developed during the project and for which there is already a niche market.

Cordis RCN: 21632
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