General information


 

Centre of Excellence for Modern Composites Applied in Aerospace and Surface Transport Infrastructure

CEMCAST

Co-ordinator: Tomasz Sadowski (Lublin University of Technology, Poland)

http://www.akropolis.pol.lublin.pl/users/sadowski/index.htm

Grant agreement no.: FP7 – 245479

 

Period: 1 April 2010 – 31 March 2013


1. Concept

 

The project aims at continuation and advancement of activities initiated in FP6 ToK project MTKD – CT - 2004 – 014058 at the Centre for Modern Composite Materials (CMCM) created at the Lublin University of Technology (LUT). It is planned: a) to unlock and develop the full research potential and increase research capacities of the CMCM staff in the areas of competence comprising modelling of composite and smart materials and their applications to aerospace and transport infrastructure (pavements and airfields), also modelling and control of dynamics of structures made of composites b) to establish new area of competence: innovative technologies for manufacturing of composites, c) to upgrade research equipment for testing of composite materials. The project objectives will be accomplished by a coherent set of the following complementary actions: twinning collaboration, recruitment of experienced researchers, organisation of workshops and mini-symposia, participation in international conferences, purchase of equipment. The project implementation will result in creating a leading research centre in the Middle-East part of Europe in the multidisciplinary area encompassing modelling and experimental testing of composite and smart materials and their application to aircrafts, pavements and airfields. The proposed project will strengthen co-operation with the regional industry, in terms of socio-economic aspects: will help to compensate disproportion (Lublin region is a less favoured one). It is also envisaged that the project will increase visibility and competitiveness at international level of the CMCM in the field of composite materials and their applications to engineering structures, resulting in deeper involvement of the CMCM in FP7 projects and better integration of the CMCM in the ERA.

 

2. Project objectives


  to unlock and develop the full research potential of the CMCM staff in the areas of competence advanced in the previous project (modelling of composite materials and their applications to civil, mechanical and aircraft engineering)
  to establish new area of competence: innovative technologies for manufacturing of composites
  to broaden research on applications of composites to means of transport, also pavements and airfields
to upgrade research equipment for testing of composite materials
  to improve research potential for increased contribution to regional economic and social development
  to strengthen the capability of the CMCM researchers for successful participation in research activities at EU level and in FP7
  to provide better integration and visibility of the CMCM in the ERA

 

The project objectives will be accomplished by a coherent set of the following complementary actions:

 

  twinning collaboration with partners form the previous project - MTKD – CT - 2004 – 014058 - (long-term cooperation) and newly selected excellent research entities in the EU in order to strengthen or to set-up strategic partnership

  recruitment of incoming experienced researchers

♦  organisation of workshops and mini- symposia, to facilitate transfer of knowledge at national and international level

♦  participation of the Centre's staff in international events (conferences, scientific meetings)

♦  substantial improvement of the existing research equipment

♦  increasing cooperation with regional enterprises (including SMEs)

♦  dissemination and promotional activities

 

Scientific goal


The scientific goal will be focused on new ideas and innovations in modelling of different types of composite materials and application of newly formulated concepts to solution of engineering problems in aerospace and surface transport infrastructure. The scientific activities within the project will comprise:

 

1. multidisciplinary (cross-disciplinary) approach to modelling of modern composite materials with application of multi-scale method, starting from atomistic microscope observations. It is new, fast emerging scientific field. The initial composite internal structure strongly influences the composite behaviour and degradation under different types of loading: static, cyclic, dynamic or impact ones. Additional influence of the water, aggressive environment and high temperature usually accelerate degradation process, which can be described at different scale levels (nano-, micro-, meso-, macro-) and requires inclusion of the physical aspects in the theoretical description – research under the supervision of prof. Tomasz Sadowski

 

2. modelling and control of dynamics of structures made of composites with embeded active elements taking into account geometrical and material nonlinearities, active and passive vibration suppression of chosen mechanical or/and civil engineering structures, study of possible transition from regular to irregular oscillations of design flexible composite structures, modeling of machining of composites – research under the supervision of prof. Jerzy Warmiński

 

3. experimental testing of newly created composite materials concerning estimation of the local stress concentration and resistance to defects propagation, composites properties during machining, testing of elements and structures under different type of excitations, modal analysis, experimental verification of vibrations control strategy

 

4. industrial application of composite models in designing of engineering structures, e.g. smart composites in helicopters, active and passive dampers, thermal barrier coating of engine elements, joining technologies, pavements, bridges and airfields

 

The project aims at expanding of different aspects of composite technology and analyses curried out by the CMCM staff. In particular, it is expected to introduce novel, innovative methodologies to modelling and testing of composites. Moreover, by scientific exchange with leading European centres, the CMCM will strive to keep abreast of any research and technological developments in the areas already represented by the Centre. The ultimate goal is to become the excellent centre, visible at EU level in modern composite materials and their application to solution of engineering problems on a research scale and in parallel on a small pre-industrial scale, through reinforcing of the RTD capacity and capability.



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