M7-M12 Progress

Project progress, September 2017 (M12)

WP1: Ethics requirements – WP2: Management and Coordination

Having completed a first full year of operations the ICARUS project progresses its pace at research and innovation entering now in the most impactful phases of its lifetime. During this period and specifically during the project’s second semester the challenge of WP1 and WP2 was to manage the ambitious and innovative work to be carried out in the ICARUS project towards the on-time achievement of the expected project’s objectives and secure the ethic requirements. Additionally, the production of deliverables and achievement of milestones, IPR and scientific management, as well as the coordination activities and meetings held can be considered as main results of WPs 1 and 2.

Within the project’s second semester, the 6M Consortium Meeting took place in Miskolc (Hungary) on March 29th-30th, 2017. It was co-organised and hosted by the University of Miskolc (UniMi) and ADMATIS in coordination with UBU-ICCRAM.

WP3: Development of a new thermodynamic materials by design approach for designing new stable multicomponent nc metal alloys

Within this first full year of operations the research units involved in WP3 are in the position of providing significant outcomes and implementing further developments to foster progress in the future. In the frame of WP3 classical thermodynamics, Nano-Calphad and multiscale modelling methods are combined into a unique predictive tool enabling the exploration and design of new binary and multinary nanostructured metal alloys. The final aim is to obtain metal alloys with enhanced mechanical properties, coarsening resistance and radiation damage tolerance.

Initially, effort was devoted to the definition of a conceptual framework able to include the most relevant features of classical thermodynamics and combine them with the innovative Nano-Calphad approach. Although susceptible of further improvement, a theoretical model was completed quite in advance with respect to the original work plan and it started working and predicting possible candidate alloys after the 8th month of WP3 activity. The rapid achievements on the theoretical and modelling sides allowed the Consortium to compose quite soon a list of possible candidate alloys to test and validate theoretical predictions. Although the theoretical predictive model was gradually refined, and this activity still continues, it was clear that the Consortium had the opportunity of starting experimental activity well before the times initially foreseen and indicated in the original work plan.

The involved research units after identifying a long list of possible candidate alloys, selected a restricted number of alloys for attempting the experimental validation. The selection was performed on the basis of the possible interest of aerospace and aeronautical industries. After their selection, the researchers proceeded with the experimental investigation in order to accumulate empirical evidence and experimental screening.

WP4: Fabrication and processing optimization of binary and multinary alloys as radically new materials solution for extreme conditions aerospace applications.

Preparatory activities for the fabrication of the new binary and multi-binary alloys began earlier than the original plan, in order to bind better the activities of WP3 with the material production activities.

The preparatory activities have involved the preliminary production of 9 different binary alloys from the modeled systems but not yet completely identified as the most promising ones. The objectives of the preparatory activities were to initiate the circulation of samples among the partners as well as identify the most reliable characterization procedures. Within these preparatory activities the preparation of dedicated processing equipment and the evaluation of the processing routes, were also included.

Preliminary results concerning the experimental activity on a few selected binary alloys are already available while the work is still in progress on every front.

WP5: Physicochemical, structural and mechanical characterization of the alloys. Specific performance tests under extreme operating conditions

In view of the input required from the other technical work packages as well as the huge amount of work implying preliminary assessments, studies and reports the WP5 has already begun its activities, despite the fact that the official starting day is in project month 18, (February, 2018) .

The consortium partners involved inWP5 have performed the following activities:

          Space environment study.

          Radiation behaviour assessment.

          Theoretical study of the meaning of different type of stability.

          Commonly used space material database.

          Preliminary database for available internal facilities for test and measurements.

          Preliminary set of space specific tests.

          Review of already existing nc metals in aerospace sector.

          Study of Integrated Computational Engineering (ICE) to predict the mechanical properties of nc alloys.

WP6: Exploitation, dissemination, communication

Undoubtedly, this year was marked by the jointly organization of the International Spring School on Forefront Alloys and Advanced Materials for Extreme Conditions with the SUPERMAT project that took place in Sardinia, Italy between the 15th and  the 17th of May, 2017. Highlights of the event include a series of notable lectures by leading researchers and by the keynote speaker Mr. Frank Salzgeber, Head of ESA TTPO, a free scientific debate between lecturers and students and the best poster awards. Additionally, within this second semester of the project’s lifetime, the ICARUS was presented in a full day exhibition at the EBN congress in Enghien-les-Bains (France) to the congress participants consisting to a large part of European investors and incubators. In parallel, the consortium partners performed a broad spectrum of dissemination activities such as participations in conferences, press releases, non-scientific and non-peer reviewed publications and social media campaigns.

Last but not least, the portals of the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN Association Newsletter, EASN Association Portal) were extensively used in order to distribute ICARUS related information reaching more than 10,000 professionals throughout Europe from the academic, research and industrial domain.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 713514.

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