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New ceramic technologies and novel multifunctional ceramic devices and structures

Objective

"The CERMAT2 project is aimed to train young researchers in understanding the modelling of Solid Mechanics problems applied to the process and design of advanced ceramics in a synergic collaboration between academia and industry, in view of social developments related to enhancement of industrial production and pollution reduction.
In the EU, the ceramic industry is employing about 200,000 people and involves a production (including bricks, sanitaryware, tiles, technical ceramics, and refractory products) on the order of € 28 billion per year. Industries related to the production of traditional ceramics are well developed in Italy (with a € 9 billion turnover), while advanced ceramics are targeted in Germany and UK (a sector with a 20% growth per year). Advanced ceramics find special (biomedical, thermomechanical or nanotech) applications, where they exhibit unchallenged characteristics (for instance, thermal stability, wear resistance and chemical inertia) and, compared to other finishing materials, can minimize environmental impact. Despite the technical and industrial interest, the production of ceramic components is based on poorly understood empirical processes, often difficult to control. As a consequence, the production of rejected items can still be strongly reduced, a target having an impact on both cost reduction and environment preservation. In fact, the employed technologies involve a massive waste of energy and material, so that even a small increase in the mechanical performance of the ceramic structure would yield a reduction in weight of articles with a deep impact on pollution reduction. The optimization of the production process is directly linked to the modelling of the behaviour of powders and binders used during compaction, in the simulation of sintering, and in the design of mechanical characteristics of the final pieces."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/solid mechanics
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 764 580,50
Administrative Contact
Paolo Dal Piaz (Mr.)

Participants (7)

ENGINSOFT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 104 317,62
Address
Via Della Stazione 27
38100 Trento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelo Messina (Mr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 570 113,25
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
€ 285 056,62
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Suzanne Halpin (Ms.)
POLITECHNIKA RZESZOWSKA IM IGNACEGO LUKASIEWICZA PRZ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 387 830,53
Address
Al Powstancow Warszawy 12
35-959 Rzeszow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Feliks Stachowicz (Prof.)
INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 82 024,47
Address
Ul. Mory 8
01 330 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Magdalena Gromada (Dr.)
University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 179 281,73
Address
Kraljice Marije 16
11120 Belgrade
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Buljak (Dr.)
VESUVIUS GROUP SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 198 660
Address
Rue De Douvrain 17
7011 Ghlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Severine Romero Baivier (Dr.)