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Improving the crashworthiness of composite transportation structures

Objective

The European aerospace, automotive, and rail industries are committed to improving their energy efficiency to meet targets set within the EU’s climate, energy and transport policies. This is motivating the increased use of lightweight composite materials in lieu of heavier metallics. To implement this transition, these industries must reach, at least, the same level of crash performance achieved with metals, but at significantly lower weight and without increasing cost. This is viewed by industry as an exceptionally challenging goal and will require highly trained engineers, versed in the myriad aspects of designing cost-effective, crashworthy composites structures, and capable of harnessing the latest research developments in the fast-changing world of composites. The ICONIC ETN aims to cultivate such a new generation of young engineers; comfortable and fluent in the integration and exploitation of knowledge from fields as diverse as materials science, chemistry, computational methods, solid and damage mechanics, textile technology, structural design and optimisation. These researchers will acquire the skills to enable the sustainable and economically-viable design of a new generation of highly efficient, lightweight transportation composite structures that will provide the maximum protection to occupants through superior crashworthiness. 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited to take up posts, across the UK, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Italy and Sweden, in an innovative, multidisciplinary and intersectoral structured research and training programme. ICONIC is supported by a strong consortium from academia, large industrial enterprises and innovative SMEs. A comprehensive training and secondment programme (including joint supervision and industrial mentoring) will equip researchers with additional transferable skills to ensure future employability and career progression.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64

Participants (8)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 484 773,84
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RISE SICOMP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Fibervaegen 2 - Oejebyn
941 26 Pitea
Activity type
Other
SHORT BROTHERS PLC

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 153 572,61
Address
Airport Road, Queens Island
BT3 9DZ Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 122,64
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 531 349,20
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DASSAULT SYSTEMES UK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Milburn Hill Road Riley Court Suite 9
CV4 7HP Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGUSTAWESTLAND LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Lysander Road
BA20 2YB Yeovil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Axis Composites Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
The Innovation Centre Nisp
BT39DT Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Hamilton Erskine Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Moss Road 17
BT23 6JQ Ballygowan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)