Advancing composites, and the careers that shape them

Composites are used for a wide array of demanding applications. Planes made mostly of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer have, for example, existed for several years. An EU-funded training network is helping to hone the skills of 12 young researchers who are striving to take composite design another step ahead.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
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  French Polynesia
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Published: 25 May 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Industrial researchMaterials & products
Research policyHorizon 2020
TransportAeronautics  |  Road
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France  |  Germany  |  Italy  |  Luxembourg  |  United Kingdom
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Advancing composites, and the careers that shape them

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The full potential of composite structures has yet to be unlocked, according to the partners in the EU-funded project FULLCOMP – and the bright minds attempting to do so will need to draw on insight from several disciplines, and on close cooperation between academia and industry.

The activity in FULLCOMP reflects this emphasis. In total, 12 early stage researchers are benefiting from this opportunity to advance their field and their careers through this training network, which was set up in June 2015.

One particular obstacle the partners have identified with regard to the improvement of composite structures is the lack of reliable and computationally cheap models to explore phenomena such as damage and fatigue.

The network’s research focuses on the development of analytical tools to address this need. The full range of aspects relevant to the design of composite structures is considered, from modelling and manufacturing to testing and health monitoring, with regard to engineering needs in fields as varied as aeronautics, manufacturing and wind energy.

In total, nine entities – seven universities, a research centre and a private sector partner – are cooperating in the endeavour, which involves partners from six European countries in addition to Australia and the United States. EU funding for this four-year project is contributed by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions programme.

Project details

  • Project acronym: Fullcomp
  • Participants: Italy (Coordinator), Germany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom
  • Project N°: 642121
  • Total costs: € 3 095 280
  • EU contribution: € 3 095 280
  • Duration: June 2015 to May 2019

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