18, May 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9362
Open Date: 15/05/2018
Closing Date: 26/06/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.133.03
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Materials / Metallic
Techology Domains: Materials and Processes / Materials Processes / Coating
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Product Assurance and Safety Department
Division: Materials & Components Technology Divisi
Contract Officer: Pratesi, Giulia
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 15/05/2018
Update Reason: Modified the Letter of Invitation (English version)

Electroless plating technique has been extensively used for many decades not only in the space domain, but also in other high end industrial sectors.The existing electroless techniques works very well in case of regular and flat geometries but in case of complexshapes the thickness uniformity of the deposition layer can be an issue.The current research activities related to this topic are mainly focused on the optimization of the electronic bath using ionic liquid. These liquids have starting to receive increasing attention in the literature as alternative solvents and electrolytes for different electrochemical processes. They can be used for the deposition of different coatings including Sn, Cu, Ag, Au in different metallic substrate. Furthermore, in some cases the use of ionicliquid overcomes the needs of strong inorganic acid and highly toxic salt, making the process more user and environmentally friendly.Considering that performance requirements are becoming more and more demanding the main aim of this activity will be the development of reliable and innovative electroless metal deposition techniques based on ionic liquid. In this regard a valid target application could be identified in optical waveguides.The activity consists of the following tasks:1) State of the art review of the innovative electroless plating technique based on ionic liquid2) Identification of the most promising substrate/layer combination 3) Test campaign at sample level in order to optimise the electroless plating process on complex geometry4) Test results evaluation and identification of the preferred substrate/layer combination5) Prototype manufacturing (a waveguide could be a suitable candidate)Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITSnews “Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes”.

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