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

Objetivo

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.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP
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Coordinador

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Dirección
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Italia

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Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Massimiliano Gei (Prof.)
Aportación de la UE
€ 459 906

Participantes (4)

SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SC
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 358 998
Dirección
Via Selice Provinciale 17/a
40026 Imola

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Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Antonio Bettini (Mr.)
ENGINSOFT SPA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 848 732
Dirección
Via Della Stazione 27
38100 Trento

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Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Angelo Messina (Dr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 540 688
Dirección
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth

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Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Wiktoria Miszuris (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 189 968
Dirección
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool

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Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Natalia Movchan (Prof.)