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Fibre break models for designing novel composite microstructures and applications

Objective

Limiting the climate change-induced temperature increase to less than 2°C will require strong reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Lightweight materials and fibre-reinforced composites in particular, are a key enabling technology to achieve this goal. Current composite applications are however strongly overdesigned due to a lack of reliable design tools and predictive models for their mechanical properties. Developing, using and applying these models requires interdisciplinary researchers with a strong background in both modelling and experiments, but such researchers are scarce. The 9 beneficiaries and 3 partner organisations in FiBreMoD aim to train 13 such researchers to become multi-talented and interdisciplinary researchers that will be highly coveted in the field of composites. They will be intensively trained by leading experts with world-class facilities and will be supported by a strong industry participation and an extensive international network. The training programme places a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation skills not only by dedicated workshops but also by the involvement of the researchers in potential commercialisation. This approach will be key to improving the EU’s innovation capacity. Simultaneously, the researchers will advance state-of-the-art composite failure models to reach the required levels of accuracy and develop advanced and industry-friendly characterisation techniques for measuring the required input data. The goal will be to enable blind predictions, which means that parameter fitting or tuning of the models is no longer required. These new and unprecedented levels of understanding coupled with improved prediction accuracy will be exploited to (1) design novel microstructures for hybrid, hierarchical and discontinuous fibre composites and (2) increase the usefulness of models in practical composite applications. The developed models will be validated and used to design composite cylinders and automotive parts.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 751 680

Participants (8)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Interleuvenlaan 68
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES MINES DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 260 300,52
Address
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHOMARAT TEXTILES INDUSTRIES
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Avenue De Chabannes 39
07160 Le Cheylard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Bourgetlaan 60
1140 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (3)

4RealSim B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Benschopperstraat 34
Ijsselstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACRATS Training Services
Netherlands
Address
Aviolandalaan 35
4631RV Hoogerheide
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Dia-stron Limited
United Kingdom
Address
Unit 9 Focus Way
SP10 5NY Andover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)