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Modelling and optimal design of ceramic structures with defects and imperfect interfaces

Objective

Ceramic industry is broadly developed in Europe and the current investment is estimated at € 26 billion. With its € 9,2 billion segment, Italy is a leader country in the production of traditional ceramics, while France, UK and Germany are driving countries for advanced ceramics, growing at 21% per year.
Advanced ceramics are crucial for new technologies and nano-tech applications addressed to thermo-mechanical and bio-medical applications, while traditional ceramics have a worldwide market and have been suggested as materials minimizing the impact on the environment (when compared to other finishing materials).
It may seem surprising that the strong industrial production of ceramic components is still based on empirically engineered processes, often poorly understood and difficult to control (Ewsuk, 1997). Consequently, there is a relatively large production of rejects and still broad margins for further process optimization. To this purpose, in-depth scientific understanding of the production processing is required, in order to reduce costs of ceramic component design and manufacturing and to produce ceramic components more reproducibly with improved performance and reliability. In particular, forming by powder compaction, binder burnout and sintering are the most sensible
processes (Reed, 1995; Rahaman, 2006).
The main aim of the research project is to develop novel advanced ceramic products in close collaboration between academic and industrial partners which will be directly oriented to industrial and social needs. The goal will be achieved by
(i) improvement of the powder compaction and ceramic production process;
(ii) development of novel advanced ceramic multifunctional materials and structures.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 459 906
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Gei (Prof.)

Participants (4)

SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SC
Italy
EU contribution
€ 358 998
Address
Via Selice Provinciale 17/A
40026 Imola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Bettini (Mr.)
ENGINSOFT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 848 732
Address
Via Della Stazione 27
38100 Trento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelo Messina (Dr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 540 688
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wiktoria Miszuris (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 968
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natalia Movchan (Prof.)