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Intermetallic Materials Processing in Relation to Earth and Space Solidification

Intermetallic Materials Processing in Relation to Earth and Space Solidification

Objective

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.

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Coordinator

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

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8-10 Rue Mario Nikis
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

David John JARVIS (Dr)

Participants (46)

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MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR EISENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE

France

HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Finland

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN

Sweden

ÚSTAV MATERIÁLOV A MECHANIKY STROJOV SAV

Slovakia

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SOLID STATE PHYSICS AND OPTICS

Hungary

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V

Germany

BRITISH CERAMIC RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WALES SWANSEA

United Kingdom

TURBOCOATING S.P.A.

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

United Kingdom

MAGNITEC OY

Finland

CALCOM ESI SA

Switzerland

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

ACCESS E.V.

Germany

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER FESTKOERPER- UND WERKSTOFFFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E.V.

Germany

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

INSTITUTE OF STRUCTURAL MACROKINETICS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE RAS

Russia

TYLITE INTERNATIONAL OY

Finland

OY HYDROCELL LTD.

Finland

AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

TRATAMIENTOS SUPERFICIALES IONTECH S.A.

Spain

INTRINSIQ MATERIALS LIMITED

United Kingdom

UFA STATE AVIATION TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Russia

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

LNSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE

France

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

FUNDACION INASMET

Spain

NPL MANAGEMENT LTD.

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

UNIVERSITÄT ULM

Germany

LNSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL PROBLEMS FOR MICROELECTRONICS

Russia

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC.

United Kingdom

ALD VACUUM TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES MÉTHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

DONCASTERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITÉ DE ROUEN

France

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

SOCIETE EUROPEENNE DES TECHNOLOGIES DU TITANE ET DES ALLIAGES SPECIAUX S.A.

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 500635

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 36 658 283

  • EU contribution

    € 15 887 797

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

France