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Advanced thermal measurements and test systems based on space technology

28/05/2019 1721 views 5 likes
ESA / Applications / Telecommunications & Integrated Applications / Technology Transfer

TIWARI Scientific Instruments (TSI) from ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg is a hardware-oriented German start-up with focus on thermal measurement and test systems for materials and additive manufacturing of metals and ceramics. Meet TIWARI at ESA’s Business Applications Annual Conference SMART SPACE in Toulouse 3-5 June.

Siddharth Tiwari
Siddharth Tiwari

“TSI specializes in technology transfer, identifying promising technologies developed for space missions for their benefit on Earth as well as adopting emerging terrestrial technologies for the space missions of the future,” says Siddharth Tiwari, Managing Director of TIWARI Scientific Instruments.

The start-up had developed three items, the thermal conductivity measurement instrument SHIEL3D, the RAPTOR using the Fused Filament Fabrication technique to produce ceramic and metallic parts with a 3D-printer and thermal test chambers (-200°C to 1600°C) providing an end-to-end solution to its customers.


Front view of SHIEL3D
Front view of SHIEL3D

SHIEL3D is a thermal conductivity measurement instrument, based on a space technology, that can determine the thermal conductivity of thermal insulation materials in a matter of minutes. 

The instrument covers an extended temperature range from -250°C (cryogenic materials) to 1000°C (fire-resistant materials).

Back view of SHIEL3D
Back view of SHIEL3D

With a bulk of the buildings in EU being old and energy inefficient, necessitating large amounts of energy for heating of homes and offices, TSI hopes to assist the material developers with their constant efforts in developing new solutions and materials with the SHIEL3D instrument.

SHIEL3D can precisely yield the thermal properties of building materials like mineral wools and foams, and in return reduce the C02 emissions in EU while also making homes and offices safer.


Propulsion components produced by RAPTOR
Propulsion components produced by RAPTOR

RAPTOR, short for Rapid Prototyping of Resistant Materials, aims at solving the notorious “6 to 8 weeks” problem in the manufacturing industry. The “6 to 8 weeks” problem refers to the standard manufacturing and delivery times of high precision parts which are often used in the aerospace sector and are more often than not a major cause for delays in engineering projects. 

With the RAPTOR, TSI utilizes the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technique to produce ceramic and metallic parts with a 3D-printer working with special filaments. The 3D printed-parts parts are then eliminated of any non-metallic or non-ceramic component with the help of heat treatment at high temperatures, yielding pure and resistant parts suitable for all engineering applications in a matter of days.

This cost-effective technique is an order of magnitude cheaper than other contemporary AM techniques when it comes to price per kilogram of manufactured part , and can be customised to suit the client’s needs in terms of both type of material production and initial capital investment for the machinery.

The RAPTOR is available both as a service and complete production system (printer and heat treatment equipment), and can be currently used for production of parts with the following materials: alumina, zirconia and stainless steel.

Thermal test chambers

With its thermal test chambers, ranging from -200°C to 1600°C, TSI aims at providing an end-to-end solution to its customers and thus establishing itself as a one-stop solution for the customer’s complete thermal testing needs.

These chambers are designed to be compatible with both the SHIEL3D and RAPTOR products, and in addition can also be customised to be used for qualification of Satellites- to check for their survivability in the cryogenic temperatures of space-or for materials requiring heat treatment at very high temperatures.

Hosted at ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg

TIWARI Scientific Instruments has been selected to be part of the ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen & Baden-Württemberg at its Darmstadt location, where from March 2019 it will be performing spin-off and commercialization of SHIEL3D thermal conductivity measurement instrument.

 “We want to act as a connecting link between Space and Industrial research, bringing the two worlds together for the creation of a sustainable planet as well as sustainable exploration efforts of what lies beyond us,” emphasises Siddharth Tiwari.

For more information, contact:

Siddharth Tiwari, Managing Director
TIWARI Scientific Instruments GmbH
Robert-Bosch-Straße 7, Darmstadt 64293, Germany.

Phone: +49 174 75 6551 
Website: (under preparation)

Meet the TIWARI Scientific Instruments entrepreneurs at ESA’s Business Applications Annual Conference SMART SPACE in Toulouse, France, 3- 5 June 2019, where they are available to present and discuss their products.

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The 9th edition of ESA’s Business Applications Annual Conference SMART SPACE is jointly hosted by ESA Space Solutions, as well as CNES, in Toulouse (France) on 3rd – 5th June 2019.

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Thematic sessions focusing on smart finance, smart technologies, smart mobility, new space economy, smart health and smart resources.

Attend to find out about the latest developments in satellite applications, meet with technical and business experts, and create new contacts and exchange ideas with other attendees. Be inspired by demonstrations of successful services enabled by space and learn about funding and support opportunities from ESA and CNES.

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Overall ESA spends €400 million a year on strengthening the competitiveness of European and Canadian companies in the global markets for both satellite communications andr downstream applications.

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