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Growth Work Programme 2001-2002
Edition December 2000


GENERIC ACTIVITY IB: NEW AND IMPROVED MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES IN THE STEEL FIELD

RATIONALE, SOCIO ECONOMIC AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

Through medium- and long-term multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial reasearch, the objective is to reduce costs, improve user satisfaction, and increase value added, to the benefit of both the iron and steel industry and suppliers, end users and other research partners.

5.5 Iron and steel production:

Innovative, value added, cost-effective, flexible and environmental-friendly production routes are aimed at, with on-line, real-time analysis and measurements for improved process control and closed-loop processing. Research in coke making for metallurgical reactors and up grading of iron and steel making by-products can also be addressed.

5.6 Steel casting, rolling and downstream treatment

Compact, flexible, clean, energy- and cost-effective integrated production lines are aimed at, toward more customer-oriented products with higher quality. On-line, real-time analysis and measurements for improved process control, integrated information management and closed-loop processing are also addressed.

5.7 Steel Utilisation

More added value and "intelligent" products are aimed at, such as steel grades with improved characteristics and in-service performance. Particular attention is paid to manufacturability (e.g. forming, joining, welding), "de-materialisation", life-cycle approach and eco-design.


STRATEGY AND PRIORITIES FOR THE DECEMBER 2000 PERIODIC CALL

This will be the last periodic call for Materials Technologies ; it will remain open until May 15, 2001. It will be open to all research objectives (as described here above: 5.1 to 5.7) for RTD projects, and Thematic networks and Concerted Actions.

For RTD projects, short-term, incremental projects are discouraged; preference will be given to proposals on emerging materials technologies with long-term objectives and very wide European impact. Amongst proposals of comparable merit, preference will be given to projects aiming at generic and multisectoral aspects.

It is expected that up to twenty five (25) Mio EUROs (out of the budget of 65 Mio Euros) might be allocated to high quality research projects on nano-technologies (12) .


  • Proposers are informed that a similar call is organised by the National Science Foundation (NSF - USA - cf. http://www.nsf.gov/ ). If appropriate joint proposals can therefore be submitted.
  • Where appropriate and within the priorities covered by the call, projects involving the use of high capacity computing, networking, data sharing and data-storage are encouraged. Examples of applications are modelling and simulation in the field of materials processing as well as tools that allow reliable, secure, complete and fast access to materials data. The use of next generation ICT is also encouraged to improve the performance and management of research.




(12) RTD proposals can be also submitted to the IST and Quality of Life programmes depending on how proposal objectives fits with the goals of those programmes. Moreover, proposals on the mobility of researchers in nano-technologies (Research training networks and Marie Curie Fellowships) can be submitted through the IHP programme. For further information, please refer to the respective work programmes and information documents.

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