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Multiscale computational approach to the design of polymer-matrix nanocomposites

Objective

"This project aims at the development of multiscale simulation methodology and software for predicting the morphology (spatial distribution and state of aggregation of nanoparticles), thermal (glass temperature), mechanical (viscoelastic storage and loss moduli, plasticity, fracture toughness and compression strength), electrical and optical properties of soft and hard polymer matrix nanocomposites from the atomic-level characteristics of their constituent nanoparticles and macromolecules and from the processing conditions used in their preparation.

The hierarchical simulation methodology and software to be developed will be validated against two main categories of systems: silica-filled natural and synthetic rubbers and carbon nanotube filled thermoset resins. The novel ground-breaking modelling methodology should significantly improve the reliable design and processability of nanocomposites contributing to the EU Grand Challenges for reduction of CO2 emission, energy savings by light-weight high-strength nanocomposites, mobility and improved living environment. The successful outcome of the project will constitute an important advance in the state of the art and will have immediate industrial, economic and environmental impact.

The multiscale simulation methodology of EU-COMPNANOCOMP focuses on soft nanocomposites (thermoplastics) whereas the complementary RU-COMPNANOCOMP focuses on glassy nanocomposites (thermosets)(grey in proposal). RU-COMPNANOCOMP is completed with EU partners for experimental validation of the multiscale modelling codes. Both EU and RU consortia work on the development of algorithms to be integrated in a multiscale modelling software package for further commercialization.

A total of 213.5 man months completed with 26 man months from own resources is proposed with a project duration of 36 months appropriate for achieving the challenging objectives. EU-COMPNANOCOMP has a total cost of 2.3 million € with EC funding of 1.5 million € requested."

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-EU-RUSSIA
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING DUTCH POLYMER INSTITUTE
Address
John F Kennedylaan 2
5600 AX Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 161 579
Administrative Contact
Denka Hristova-Bogaerds (Dr.)

Participants (7)

RHODIA OPERATIONS
France
EU contribution
€ 131 346
Address
25 Rue De Clichy
75009 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ludovic Odoni (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 181 030
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Doros Theodorou (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 396 135
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alfons Bruekers (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 187 228
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sandrine Magnetto (Dr.)
GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 101 540
Address
Bleichstrasse 64-66
60313 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Theodosia Kourkoutsaki (Ms.)
CENTRO EUROPEO PER I POLIMERI NANOSTRUTTURATI SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 197 100
Address
Via Giuseppe Giusti 9
50121 Florence
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jose Kenny (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 840
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexei Khokhlov (Prof.)