Participating in National Projects
IBIDEN is actively engaging in research and development with national research grants to conduct advanced development activities.
Please see below for some selected projects.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Grant Program for Technological Development to Improve Safety in Nuclear Power
- Development of Manufacturing Technology for Novel Reactor Core Material Using Silicon Carbide
In conjunction with Toshiba Energy Systems Co., Ltd. and Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd., IBIDEN has been developing silicon carbide (SiC) composite material for accident-resistant reactor cores in light-water nuclear reactors.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy: Result of selection of businesses for "Grant Program for Technological Development for Advancing Safety of Nuclear Reactors for Power Generation" 2015
NEDO: Next-Generation Structural Material Creation and Processing Technology Development
- "Technological Development of Lightweight, Heat-Resistant Composite Material CMC (High-Performance Material Development)
In conjunction with Toyota Industries Corporation, Tokyo University of Technology, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), IBIDEN has been developing CMC components for aircraft engines as a subcontractor of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Next-Generation Structural Material Creation and Processing Technology Development Project Overview
Material and Technology Section, Policy for 2017
Cabinet Office: Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP), Innovative Structural Material
- C46 High-Speed Substrate Material Manufacturing Process Technology Development
In conjunction with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd., and Tokyo University of Technology, IBIDEN has been developing a high-speed substrate material manufacturing process as a high-speed and cost-efficient method for producing low-cost a non-oxide ceramic composite material for aircraft engines.
As higher efficiency is demanded for next-generation aircraft engines, ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are gathering greater attention as a novel heat-resistant material. We have started our development of low-cost, high-reliability processing technology for the base material to expand the possibilities of CMC.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Grant Program: Development of Nuclear Reactor Material to Improve Safety of Innovative Light-Water Reactor
- Established manufacturing technology for reactor core material using silicon carbide
- Successfully prototyped fuel assembly cover material
Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) and IBIDEN Co., Ltd. (IBIDEN) have established manufacturing technology for reactor core material for nuclear power plants using silicon carbide (SiC) with excellent heat and acid resistance, and successfully prototyped fuel assembly cover material.
This research is conducted in conjunction with Nuclear Industries, Ltd., Professor Yutaka Kagawa of Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, and Professor Takashi Goto of Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University.
The SiC used for fuel assembly covers in this collaboration was a SiC composite material that was strengthened by SiC long fibers. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was employed to form a SiC composite material film, and the film formation equipment and process were optimized to realize a film formation speed that is 20 times as fast as conventional speeds, a feature considered to be essential for mass production of fuel assembly cover material.
Additionally, we achieved manufacture of fuel assembly cover material longer than 4 meters with high precision while maintaining density and strength. This became possible by forming long SiC fibers into a fuel assembly cover shape by using a mold machined with specialized carbon material and utilizing long CVD equipment. This technology can be applied to special shapes such as thin, long cylinders, as well as to fuel cladding tubes.
From 2016, we conducted tests using a research reactor to collect and verify data. We are aiming for commercialization as replacement components for existing plant by 2025.