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  • ICARUS-SW @ EASN quarterly e-newsletter

    The last issue for 2019 of the quarterly e-newsletter of the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN) is out now! It features the latest news and progress of the ICARUS-SW project. Learn more about our activities on section "EASN supported EU-funded projects: Latest news and achievements" here!

  • We interviewed one of the ICARUS lead researchers, Prof. Locci and he gave us a deeper insight into the project's innovations

    To learn more about ICARUS achievements, we sat down with one of the researchers heavily involved in the project – Associate Professor in the University of Cagliari- Antonio Locci and discussed with him the results obtained in WP3.

    What were the results achieved in WP3?

    The end goal of WP3 was to develop an innovative theoretical methodology to describe the thermodynamics of multiphase multicomponent polycrystalline metal alloys and identify new thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline alloys. Classical and statistical thermodynamics were combined in a general theoretical scheme that allows describing the Gibbs free energy of different possible microstructure and systems. The resulting model can also predict the existence of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline alloys and provides a tool for identifying them based on the available physical and chemical information.

    What can you tell us about your findings? How important were your learnings for the overall progress of the project?

    Surprising! This is the first word that comes to mind. Our findings are surprising because they represent a clear example of how science works. Immediately after the explosion of nanoscience and nanotechnology as hot topics in materials science around 1990s, thermodynamic stability was definitely ruled out for nanocrystalline alloys. Starting from the end of 1990s, a few researchers argued the possible existence of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline alloys under very specific and hard-to-meet general conditions. A first proof of concept was given eventually a few years ago for the W-Ti system. Now, not only we show that other thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline alloys exist and they can be actually fabricated, but we also provide a tool allowing the systematic exploration of the thermodynamics of multiphase multicomponent metal alloys.

    Since its original design, ICARUS set itself very ambitious objectives. The project proposal has interpreted perfectly the FET OPEN call guidelines, proposing highly innovative and risky research activities aiming at creating a new paradigm in materials science. We have learned progressively new physics and chemistry, running after the revolutionary idea that grain boundary segregation can be the key to thermodynamic stability in nanocrystalline alloys. And we succeeded, in the end. Thus, once again, addressing difficult questions, and not restricting to those for which we have reassuring responses, is the best way to foster progress in science.

    What were the innovative techniques been used?

    We have developed a new approach to the thermodynamics of polycrystalline metal alloys starting from the classical regular solution model. In particular, we related the Gibbs free energy of the alloy to the local configuration and energy of chemical bonds in grain boundaries. The model obtained, although within specific constraints and limitations, can be tailored to the different case studies and systems.


  • EASN introduces us to its network peers!

    It is the end of summer and EASN Association is publishing the third edition for 2019 of its quaterly e-newsletter. This August issue presents all the latest aeronautics news and a special article introducing the ICARUS-SW project to the EASN network peers.

    Enjoy the reading through the following link : .

  • Latest e-news

    Have you read our latest article included in the EASN Newsletter?

    This August edition, is full of exciting news and information on the aeronautics field as well as all the details you need for our latest ICARUS research achievements!
  • Thermodynamic Stability of Nano-grained Alloys Against Grain Coarsening and Precipitation of Macroscopic Phases

    The scientific peer-reviewed paper of our ICARUS colleague- prof. George Kaptay- under the title "Thermodynamic Stability of Nano-grained Alloys Against Grain Coarsening and Precipitation of Macroscopic Phases" is out. The article was published in   Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A journal on the 6th of August and it is available in open access through the following links.

    - View this paper on the journal's website
    - View this paper in the ICARUS ZENODO community

  • ICARUS at ICMAE 2019

    The ICARUS coordinator, Nicolas A. Cordero (UBU-ICCRAM), was present at 10th International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE) 2019 taking place from 22 to 25 July, 2019 in  Belgium’s capital city, Brussels. ICMAE is a global event focused on Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical. Prof. Cordero made a very interesting presentation in the afternoon of the 24th of July under the title "Modelling, fabrication & characterization of nc metal alloys for the aerospace sector: The ICARUS Project".

    For more updates on the events we participate, follow our information channels regularly.
  • ICARUS-SW kicked-off

    ICARUS-SW was officially launched during its Kick-Off Meeting on the 9th of May in Patras, Greece beginning its first steps towards its one-year lifetime. Besides the formal project kick off, the meeting provided an opportunity for the three partners to meet, obtain an overview of the entire project and initiate the first interactions.

    Starting the meeting, A. Kruz (BRIMATECH), the Project Coordinator, welcomed participants and provided an overview presentation of the project and the scheduled activities during the course of ICARUS-SW. The close collaboration between partners will continue online until the next face-to-face meeting on January 2020 in Vienna, Austria.



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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