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NOVel, critical materials free, high Anisotropy phases for permanent MAGnets, by design.

NOVel, critical materials free, high Anisotropy phases for permanent MAGnets, by design.

Objective

The demand for lower dependency on critical raw materials (CRM) such as rare earths (RE) is not only a European but a global problem that demands immediate action. The purpose of this project is to exploit advanced theoretical and computation methods together with state-of-the-art materials preparation and characterization techniques, to develop the next generation RE-free/lean permanent magnets (PM). The material design will be driven by automated large computational screening of new and novel intermetallic compounds with uniaxial structure in order to achieve high saturation magnetisation, magnetocrystalline anisotropy and Curie temperature. The simulations will be based on a primary screening detecting the mechanisms that give rise to distorted phases and stabilize them, by adding doping atoms as stabilizers. In a further computation on successfully synthetized compounds, micromagnetic calculations will be used in order to design the optimal microstructure for the given phases that will maximise the coercivity needed for a PM. Extensive experimental processing and characterisation of the selected phases will result in a first proof of principle of the feasibility of NOVAMAG PMs. A multidisciplinary team of magnet experts consisting of chemists, material scientists, physicists and engineers from academia, national labs and industry is assembled to undertake a concerted, systematic and innovative study to overcome the problems involved and develop the next generation RE-free/lean PMs. Currently the demand for these PM s is even higher with the emerging markets of hybrid/electric vehicles and wind mill power systems. The proposed project will provide the fundamental innovations and breakthroughs which will have a major impact in re-establishing the Europe as a leader in the science, technology and commercialization of this very important class of materials and help decrease our dependence on China, which will in turn improve the competitiveness of EU manufacturers.

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FUNDACION BCMATERIALS - BASQUE CENTRE FOR MATERIALS, APPLICATIONS AND NANOSTRUCTURES

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Barrio Sariena S/N
48940 Leioa

Spain

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 683 391,25

Participants (14)

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UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 501 062,50

UNIVERSITAT FUR WEITERBILDUNG KREMS

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 470 847,50

UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 497 875

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION TOHOKU UNIVERSITY

Japan

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 522 218,75

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

United States

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 503 750

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 527 420

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 473 747,50

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 286 498,75

MBN NANOMATERIALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 400 287,50

ARELEC

France

EU Contribution

€ 153 125

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 371 093,75

VACUUMSCHMELZE GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 042,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 686056

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 146 610

  • EU contribution

    € 5 562 360

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION BCMATERIALS - BASQUE CENTRE FOR MATERIALS, APPLICATIONS AND NANOSTRUCTURES

Spain