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TAMER Report Summary

Project ID: 610547
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: United Kingdom

Periodic Report Summary 1 - TAMER (Trans-Atlantic Micromechanics Evolving Research "Materials containing inhomogeneities of diverse physical properties, shapes and orientations")

TAMER project addresses properties of materials with realistic - heterogeneous and anisotropic - microstructures that contain inhomogeneities (pores/cracks/inclusions) of diverse shapes, orientations and physical properties. An important feature of such microstructures, that complicates the analysis but has a profound impact on their overall behaviour, is their “irregular” character. For example, pores typically have highly diverse shapes and their orientational distribution is often neither ideally random, nor ideally parallel, but may lie in-between. The research planned within the project is to analyzed a wide range of materials, both naturally occurring and man-made. The work was motivated by a number of open questions in materials science. They are related to the fact that real materials often have complex, "irregular” microstructures, comprising various sets of inhomogeneities of diverse shapes and orientations. These factors strongly affect material's overall performance, from the point of view of its mechanical, electric and thermal properties. The main output of this international project is a numerically verified and experimentally validated methodology for defining microstructure-property relations and cross-property connection that brings together the sources of information to provide a rapid, accurate and meaningful response to meet the requirements of applied science.

The TAMER consortium consists of five partners from the EU (two from UK, and one from each: Italy, France, Poland) complemented by five teams from the third countries: two teams from Belarus, one from each of: US, Russia and Ukraine.

The main scientific objectives of the project are:
• To develop and validate a methodology to express anisotropic effective properties – elastic, conductive, etc. - in terms of parameters of microstructure of real materials based on advanced modelling schemes (with account for shape diversity of constituents, their orientational scatter and mutual positions).
• To establish - where possible - cross-property relations for different pairs of physical properties
• To develop and validate the methodology of recovery of information on microstructure and its damage from the overall material properties. The same methodology can be applied for design of new materials with tailored properties.
• To develop multi-scale modelling tools for heterogeneous materials with hierarchical microstructure.

In terms of quality of the exchange programme, the overall aim of this proposed program is to establish an effective international network in the field of micromechanics of materials based on exchanges between institutions in the European Union, Eastern Europe and USA, in particular, to train early stage researchers, leading to a roadmap for establishing connection between mechanics and other branches of science – rock mechanics, biomechanics, materials science, design of materials with tailored properties etc.
The following objectives are to be met:

• To implement complementary investigations through the exchange of researchers with specific expertise and related staff within a global research context.
• To train early stage researchers in general and applied micromechanics using a specific program of exchanges of postgraduates and research fellows, so that they can benefit from broader knowledge, skills and tools provided by the network.
• To achieve knowledge transfer between the European Union, Eastern Europe and USA on the latest results and developments in general and applied micromechanics.
• To develop joint research infrastructure to allow flexibility in sharing experimental and computational resources between the local teams.
• To create links among the relevant professional societies and networks across the two continents, leading to joint applications to various funding bodies for research funding.
• To generate high-quality publications through fundamental research collaborations and results-sharing from the collaborative activities.

The research is organised in six Work-Packages where all the Partners participate actively. All planed milestones and deliverables were fully achieved in the first reporting period. More than 100 papers in international scientific journals were published and more than 70 talks were presented on scientific conferences, workshops and seminars.

The consortium organized a major project event: International conference on Micromechanics: “Advances in Micromechanics of Materials” in Rzeszów, Poland, 8-11.07.2014 (

First Summer School on Micromechanics took place in Bezmiechowa, Poland, 3-13.06.2015 (

Additionally sessions related to TAMER activities were organised during the international workshops in International Conferences in Augustow, (Poland, 31/05-03/06.15), Minsk (Belarus, 14-19.09.2015) and Berlin (Germany, 18-19.02, 2016).

Full information on the TAMER project and its achievements can be found on the project webpage (

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