PlasmaSolve is actively engaged in numerous applied research activities and initiatives. We are delighted to collaborate with partners from academia, as well as the R&D departments of other businesses in the plasma and coating industries.
Applied Research Grants
Although public co-funding comprises only a minor portion of our annual turnover, it is a vital resource stream that helps us develop new, cutting-edge simulation tools for PVD, PECVD, and ion sources.
TAČR OPTIMISM (2020-2025)
Partners: Masaryk University, SHM s.r.o.
Scope: PlasmaSolve is coordinating this research project, where we are implementing computationally efficient coater-scale plasma models and demonstrating their efficiency on ta-C and AlCrN coatings grown by high-power magnetron sputtering. Another important aspect of the project is absolute measurement of sputtering yields in various contexts (metalic, poisoned, ...)
TAČR SILAS (2023-2025)
Partners: SpaceLabEU SE (coordinator), Brno University of Technology
Scope: PlasmaSolve is developing a digital twin model for a unique ECR ion source. The key characteristic of the ECR ion source is the ability to operate at very low pressures, as low as 20 mPa. The primary application of the device is air-breathing satellite electric propulsion but a laboratory version of the device is also envisioned.
M-era.net MIST (2020-2021)
Partners: Université de Namur (coordinator), AGC Plasma
Scope: The project coordinated by UNamur aimed to create a Multi-scale simulation toolbox for PECVD processes. The efficiency and accuracy of the simulation toolbox combining PlasmaSolve's and UNamur's models was illustrated on the example of the AGC's novel hollow cathode technology.
Horizon 2020 PlasmaJetPack (2019-2022)
Partners: COMAT (coordinator), OHB Sweden, CNRS Icare, Bundeswehr Uni München CNRS Laplace, TAS France
Scope: COMAT is a developer of a disruptive solid-propellant vacuum arc thruster for satellites. PlasmaSolve contributed to their ambitious goal by numerical modeling of the vacuum arc and its contraction under magnetic fields. In the process, PlasmaSolve has significantly improved its vacuum arc simulation capabilities and created a trustworthy database of vacuum arc erosion rates for various cathode materials.
As time-consuming as it is, we try to publish our research regularly as a way of paying back to the academic community that we are learning a lot from!
A. Roštek et al. Simulating ion flux to 3D parts in vacuum arc coating: Investigating effect of part size using novel particle-based model. Surface Coatings and Technolgy 449 (2022)
K. Mrózek et al. Global plasma modeling of a magnetized high-frequency plasma source in low-pressure nitrogen and oxygen for air-breathing electric propulsion applications. Plasma Sources Science and Technology 30 (2021). Open-access.
M. Kubečka et al. Predictive simulation of antenna effect in PVD processes using fluid models. Surface Coatings and Technology 379 (2019).
R. Rudd et al. Plasma gas aggregation cluster source: Influence of gas inlet configuration and total surface area on the heterogeneous aggregation of silicon clusters. Surface Coatings and Technology 364 (2019)
R. Rudd et al. Manipulation of cluster formation through gas-wall boundary conditions in large area cluster sources. Surface Coatings and Technolgy 314 (2016)