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Accelerating the uptake of materials modelling software (IA)

Development and adaption of existing models and interoperability software developed by academics and SMEs should provide industry-ready integrated, standardised, interoperable software solutions.

  • Existing academic codes (models, solvers, post-processors and interoperability modules) or codes owned by European RTO's and SMEs, are to be further developed and integrated into commercial software according to industrial needs;
  • Software packages to be developed should form a modelling framework allowing the seamless integration with and re-use of various existing models used in industry. Coupling and linking of models should allow reliable top-down and bottom up design of new materials and processes for faster product development;
  • The new packages should use existing and emerging standards for semantic interoperability across domains;
  • Apps should be developed to remove the underlying complexity of the models in order to facilitate the use by the end-user;
  • The upscaled software and services for maintenance and support should be available via the existing and future European Materials Modelling Marketplace and the network of modelling translation environments and the Open Innovation modelling test beds.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project.

Activities should start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 7 at the end of the project.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU around EUR 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

European modellers have created a large set of materials modelling software of which a major part remains an untapped and unused source of information while having a large potential for exploitation. Further model development and software engineering is needed to make this available to third parties in order to provide industry ready software solutions.

  • Increased use of discrete and continuum models in manufacturing industry, which will reduce the number of trial and error experiments by a factor of 5 and thus support the Digital Single Market (DSM) objectives and significantly reduce the development cost for industry;
  • Additional exploitation channels for academics and research organisations in Europe which should increase the impact of earlier model developments by a factor 2;
  • Widening and upscaling of software of commercial companies into better, faster, optimised materials modelling suites enlarging application possibilities in all industry sectors.

Relevant indicators and metrics, with baseline values, should be clearly stated in the proposal.