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Enhanced reliability and lifetime of ceramic components through multiscale modelling of degradation and damage

Objective

Engineering ceramics possess superior mechanical and physical properties. The exceptional wear, corrosion and contact fatigue resistance of silicon nitride and SiAlON ceramics makes them attractive materials for high temperature metalforming tools and rolling elements for bearings. Despite the efforts devoted to study this class of materials, there still exists a gap between their microstructural properties and their potential application limits. Developing multiscale predictive models that deliver information on materials degradation mechanisms, based on realistic working conditions, will enable the systematic tailoring of ceramic materials for new applications, supported by validated evaluation techniques including tribology, damage analysis, and lifetime predictions.
The optimisation of the microstructure is clearly application-dependent and should rely on co-related material development efforts and multiscale simulations. The bridging between the microstructural properties and macroscale behaviour should merge the knowledge acquired from the atomistic, microscale, mesoscale and macroscale levels. Nonetheless, the chain of information would not be complete without including means of validation that rely on experimental techniques and functionality tests in real applications.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-SMALL-4
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 696 710,50
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)

Participants (6)

SKF BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 172 134
Address
Meidoornkade 14
3992 AE Houten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Vieillard (Ms.)
Ustav fyziky materialu, Akademie Ved Ceske republiky, v.v.i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 235 800
Address
Zizkova 22
61662 Brno
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jiri Latal (Mr.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 878,50
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ute Schlumberger-Maas (Ms.)
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 461 734
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karin Rehatschek
FCT INGENIEURKERAMIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 405 559
Address
Gewerbepark 11
96528 Effelder Rauenstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl Berroth (Dr.)
VOESTALPINE BOHLER EDELSTAHL GMBH &CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 245 184
Address
Mariazeller Strasse 25
8605 Kapfenberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Zleppnig (Dr.)