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Active PRoduct-to-Process LearnIng fOR Improving Critical Components Performance

Project description

Keeping additive manufacturing environmentally friendly

Rapid production via additive manufacturing has been dubbed by some as the linchpin of a fourth industrial revolution. Yet unless guidelines are put in place, the demand for such customised production could upend climate goals. The EU-funded APRIORI project proposes to reduce the uncertainties in production processes that waste energy and contribute to climate change. To do this, they will create a training network for young doctoral candidate engineers and innovators to learn how to decrease human errors as well as material variabilities caused by the manufacturing process. The ambition is to drastically improve the performance of critical parts or components, under uncertain conditions.


The manufacture sector is and will continue experiencing an evolving trend, marked by the exponential growth of additive manufacturing, the ongoing 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and an increasing demand of customization of the manufactured products. However, the production and economical growth of the manufacturing sector needs to meet unpostponable sustainability guidelines and criteria. Already in 2010, the International Energy Agency identified the critical areas that should lead to the undelayable reduction of C02 emissions by 2050. The area that will have the largest impact is the so-called End-Use Energy Efficiency sector, directly linked to the manufacture sector, where the aim is “doing more with less”. This means minimizing the energy losses as much as possible. To be ready for the upcoming challenge, there is a need to create a critical mass of highly skilled young engineers and innovators who will enhance Europe’s position in the engineering sciences. Specifically, these future engineers and innovators need to get familiar with two key technical challenges within the manufacturing sector: the uncertainty induced by the production process (e.g. human errors, geometrical and material variabilities caused by the manufacturing process and/or by the machine setup) and the increasing complexity of the manufactured goods characterized by the critical parts or components.
The ambition of the Active PRoduct-to-Process LearnIng fOR Improving Critical Components Performance (APRIORI) training network is to train the next generation of Doctoral Candidates (DCs) to fully sustain the ongoing transition of the EU manufacturing sector. This will be achieved by developing the skills and new technologies that will enable for the first time the development of a unique integrated product design strategy that will drastically improve the performance of critical parts or components under uncertainties.


Net EU contribution
€ 525 240,00
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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