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Final Report - MACE (Multifunctional Advanced Carbon Aluminium Composite for Electricity Transport)

Project ID: 505463
Funded under: FP6-NMP


This is the final report of the MACE project. Its objectives have been:
- to overcome the interfacial problems between carbon and molten aluminium which prevent production of the wire;
- to facilitate its continuous production;
- to research its use in a conductor of high ampacity, high mechanical strength, low losses, low sag, long span;
- to devise advanced conductor stranding techniques;
- to facilitate expansion of the overhead electricity network with reduced environmental impact through fewer new lines (approximately 500 km less per year) and lower towers;
- to promote exploitation of the composite in a wide range of applications (e.g. robotics, aerospace).

The report begins with some information on the project's background, concerning the metal matrix composites (MMCs). It later refers to the contractors involved and goes into detail about the work performed under the various areas of interest. There is a description of the work performed and a summary of end results.

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