Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Framework programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 60,5 million

Official Journal Reference

L 286 of 1988-10-20

Legislative Reference

88/521/EEC of 1988-10-14
To help ensure that the Community's industries have better access to cost-effectively produced advanced materials and to promote further harmonization in the industrial and energy fields.


Part of the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (1987-1991) under subactivity 3.2.: "Advanced materials".

Work planned at the Petten establishment of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) focuses on alloy subcomponents under complex creep conditions, the behaviour of high temperature ceramics in corrosive atmospheres and the mechanical properties and corrosion of structural steels and alloys at high temperatures in simulated environmental conditions.

Activities at the Ispra establishment cover property and performance assessments of improved conventional materials as well as of advanced structural and functional materials such as special steels, intermetallics, composites and ceramics. A start has also been made in understanding the structure and properties of alloys and ceramics at the atomic level.

The High Temperature Materials Data Bank (HTM-DB) is being extended to other materials, including ceramics.


Four areas:

- Structural materials (properties, performance, characteristics, improvements);

- Functional materials (properties, performance, characteristics, innovation);

- Modulation of surface properties and the introduction of surface treatment for improved performance;

- Management of data and information on advanced materials.


The Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the JRC, is responsible for implementing this programme, which is executed largely at Petten and partly at Ispra by the JRC's Institute of Advanced Materials.

Periodic consultation with the relevant Management and Coordination Advisory Committees (CGCs) or equivalent committees is maintained to ensure coordination and consistency with related shared-cost actions implemented within the framework of other programmes.

The JRC's Materials Information Centre ensures the early dissemination of results and data to potential users and acts as a permanent interface with industry.

Before 31 March each year the Commission submits to the European Parliament and to the Council a report on the implementation of the Decision. A final evaluation report on the research will also be submitted by a panel of external experts set up by the Commission.
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