The scientific objective of the IMPRESS Integrated Project is to understand the critical link between materials processing, structure and final properties of novel, higher-performance intermetallic alloys. These multi-functional materials possess remarkable mechanical, physical and chemical properties, which make them very attractive for certain industrial applications. The new knowledge, derived from ground research and space experiments onboard the International Space Station, will lead to macro-scale prototypes with tailor-made properties. The selected applications include the development of intermetallic materials and processes for (a) large 40cm prototype turbine blades and (b) advanced catalytic devices, such as hydrogen-fuel cell electrodes, based on <20-micron powders. In both cases, Europe's position is considered weak, vis-à-vis the US and Japan, according to the EC's "Futures Project-Technology Map". The long-term objective will thus be to develop cost-effective and sustainable ways of producing new high-quality components for extreme applications, thereby addressing energy and pollution issues. In turn, this will improve the competitiveness of European industry and the quality of EU citizen's lives. To achieve these aims, the IMPRESS Integrated Project has brought together the required critical mass of academic expertise, technology and industry competence from across the enlarged European Union and Russia. A unique team of 200+ scientists from 15 countries has been assembled, with expertise in metallurgy, physical chemistry, metrology, computer modelling, fluid dynamics, product design and engineering. The project will integrate technological competence and promote sharing of cutting-edge experimental facilities. Activities related to education, training and technology transfer will also be firmly embedded into the RTD programme. Finally, the project will actively involve 14 European companies, including 7 SMEs, and amalgamate public and private funding.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project