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Multiscale Analysis of Thermomechanical Behaviour of Granular Materials

Multiscale Analysis of Thermomechanical Behaviour of Granular Materials

Objective

Granular materials are ubiquitous in nature and in various industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and ceramics. Their thermomechanical behaviours are governed by the interactions between solid particles, as well as between particles and the surrounding media (gas or liquid). Although granular materials have been investigated extensively, there are still some unsolved challenging issues concerning the thermomechanical behaviours, including heat generation (i.e. self-heating) and transfer, and thermal effects on material properties and process performance. Furthermore, the unique thermomechanical attributes have led to emerging applications with granular materials, such as additive manufacturing, powder coating, high quality composites, insulation and efficient thermal processing for energy conservation, but there is a lack of mechanistic understanding of thermomechanical behaviour of granular materials in these emerging applications. MATHEGRAM will hence deliver a timely, concerted research and training programme to address these challenges, bringing together a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial consortium consisting of 6 leading academic institutes, 4 non-academic beneficiaries and 6 partner organisations from 8 EU member states. Our vision is to develop robust new numerical models and novel experimental techniques that can predict and characterise heat generation and transfer, as well as thermal effects in granular materials. The enhanced mechanistic understanding of granular materials will enable them to be used in diverse industries, while also achieving energy conservation and CO2 emission reduction. We will also train a cohort of 15 ESRs with balanced gender, who will be the next generation scientific and technological leaders with competency and the research and transferable skills to work effectively across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

Address

Stag Hill
Gu2 7xh Guildford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 606 345,12

Participants (9)

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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 522 999,36

DCS COMPUTING GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 264 207,24

CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 606 345,12

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 824 406,12

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 264 207,24

Partners (5)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA NV

SAINT GOBAIN RECHERCHE SA

BASF SE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813202

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 170 178,08

  • EU contribution

    € 4 170 178,08

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom