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Micro and Nanoscale Design of Thermally Actuating Systems

Objective

Actuating smart systems rely on the distinct class of functional materials able to actuate in a specific field. The highest thermally controlled actuation is provided by shape memory alloys, the class of materials relying on the thermoelastic martensitic phase transformation. Such materials are not only a solution for ecological and durable development but also a continuous subject of research and innovation. Micro and nanoscale design is one of the critical elements that allow an optimization of the output as well as an adaptation to particular requirements of applications. A strong partnership has been organized to develop the research on shape memory alloys as materials for actuation, with well-known institutions, such as: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universitat de les Illes Baleares, Universitatea “Politehnica” din Timisoara, Cranfield University, Universidade Federal Fluminense, University of Waterloo, Indian Institute of Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, University of Science and Technology Beijing. The project is structured on several work packages aiming to tackle a multitude of issues based on proven qualifications of the partners: powder metallurgy, severe plastic deformation, welding and joining, specific characterization techniques and development of applications. Materials to be explored for further optimizations belong to the group of most interest on the application market, i.e. the based material will be NiTi alloys but a set of multiple derivative compositions, especially NiTiCu, NiTiHf, and other materials that could be used to generate thermally controlled actuation and superelastic behavior are going to be explored and scientific and technological knowledge will be shared among experienced and entry level researchers. The complexity of the phenomena and technologies provides an almost unique environment for research and training in a complementary and multidisciplinary ensemble that could favor novel ideas and new skills development.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/metallurgy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA TIMISOARA
Address
Piata Victoriei 2
300006 Timisoara
Romania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 89 600
Administrative Contact
Corneliu Craciunescu (Prof.)

Participants (5)

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 96 500
Address
Campus De Caparica, Quinta Da Torre S/n
2829516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francisco Manuel Braz Fernandes (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 67 100
Address
Carretera De Valldemossa Km 7.5
07122 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Garcias (Dr.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 66 000
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stewart Williams (Prof.)
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 20 800
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Cláudia Carvalho (Dr.)
NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT
Portugal
Address
Campus De Caparica Faculdade De Ciencias E Tecnologia Da Universidade Nova De Lisboa
2829 516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francisco Manuel Braz Fernandes (Prof.)