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Multidisciplinary research and training on composite materials applications in transport modes

Objective

The objective of the MOMENTUM research training network is to set up an effective and sustainable research platform for the study and development of innovative composite materials applications for the rail, aerospace, maritime and automotive transport mode s using outstanding training based on a multidisciplinary approach and transfer of knowledge as main tools producing a new generation of highly employable researchers with unique skills.

These objectives will lead to the following technological outcomes:
- New and improved concepts for composite material transport applications, leading to an increased usage of composites and better vehicle solutions meeting energy, environment and safety requirements. These novel concepts will include integrated designs with broadened functionalities, lightweight designs
- to reduce fuel consumption, increase capacity, minimise detrimental impact on the transport infrastructure and the surrounding environment, and improve eco-sustainability and durable designs
- to provide increased service-life and reduced maintenance costs;
- Improved competitiveness for the composites industry by reducing development costs and time-to-market for new transportation products;
- The creation of an infrastructure for sustainable intersectoral an d multidisciplinary cooperation and cross-fertilisation;

To fulfil the aim of MOMENTUM, the following training objectives will be pursued:
- Defining the means whereby research teams of international stature can interlink and collaborate within the well de fined context of MOMENTUM;
- Implementation of a well-structured training programme for both ESRs and Ers
- Provision of a cohesive flexible and multidisciplinary framework for training and professional development;
- Development of a critical mass of qualified researchers to create value to the European community;
- Development of extended links to the new member states, candidate and associated countries as well as other less favoured regions of the EU.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Mark ROBINSON (Prof.)

Participants (13)

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UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF PALERMO

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART

Germany

RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Latvia

FACULDADE DE ENGENHARIA DA UNIVERSIDA DO PORTO

Portugal

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

SICOMP AB

Sweden

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN

Belgium

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL OF LAUSANNE

Switzerland

FACULTY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND NAVAL ARCHITECTURE

Croatia

BAE SYSTEMS SURFACE SHIPS PORTSMOUTH LIMITED

United Kingdom

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SOCIET??A CONSORTILE PER AZIONI

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 19198

  • Start date

    1 December 2005

  • End date

    31 May 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom