At the time of its completion, this German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) vacuum plasma coating system was unique in Europe due to its size, and served as a model for the research and industrial plasma spraying facilities that came later. It can be used to produce single and multiple layers for large-area components of up to two square metres, as well as to develop plasma spraying processes that can later be scaled up to industrial series production.

The multi-chamber boiler system for nanoparticle coating technology (Kessel-Mehrkammeranlage für die Nano-Partikel Beschichtungstechnologie; KeMeNaTe), enables metallic and ceramic layers for high-temperature applications to be studied and produced quickly, flexibly and over large areas with different ambient pressures and gas characteristics. It is also possible to apply multi-layer coatings of different thicknesses, material compositions and porosity without interrupting the vacuum.

Due to its flexibility in the development of high-temperature layers, this coating system is used in many fields of research that are key to DLR's endeavours – including energy, transport and space exploration – as well as in various sponsored projects and industrial contracts. In addition, it is hugely valuable for scientists carrying out their doctoral and master's theses at the DLR Institute of Thermodynamics, particularly those focusing on electrochemistry.


Volker Speelmann

Head of Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Executive Board department for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne