Luminescent coatings

Coordinating university or institute

University West,



Project description

ESS is the world's most powerful neutron source and acts as a giant microscope where neutrons are used to analyze samples at atomic and molecular levels. Simply described, a 5 megawatt strong proton beams are shot at a very high speed on a target that looks like a rotating wheel. University West has been selected as an ESS partner to develop a luminescent coating that will light up when the strong proton beam hits the "target wheel" in the ESS facility. The coating is of crucial importance in order to be able to ensure and verify that the profile of the proton beam meets the target, and that the neutrons are delivered correctly to the instruments in the plant




University West

  • Professor Shrikant Joshi, Team leader, University West
    • Research engineer Stefan Björklund

Core deliverables

  • Development of Luminescent Coatings for critical parts of the ESS installation.
  • Development of the thermal spray application of these coatings.
  • Investigation of how the process might have an effect on material properties of the ESS parts.
  • Coating the real parts.

Industry involvement

We have started to involve TSE AB (Thermal Spray Engineering AB, since we have the goal together with ESS that the Company TSE would be the one to do the actual spray work on the real parts for ESS.

Total budget

EUR 200 000

Procurement codes

Mechanical Engineering and raw materials

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