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Our Research

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. 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.


Scientific Papers

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!

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