Training and advanced models for composite structures
Title of the research project
FULLCOMP - FULLy integrated analysis, design, manufacturing and health-monitoring of COMPosite structures
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Material Science
The FULLCOMP project is funded by the European Commission under a Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant for European Training Networks. FULLCOMP provides intersectoral, interdisciplinary and international training to 12 Ph.D. students to develop advanced numerical models for composite structures for aeronautics, automotive, mechanical, wind energy, and space engineering.
Description of the research project
FULLCOMP recruited 12 PhD students who work in an international framework (7 universities, 1 research institute and 1 company), to develop integrated analysis tools to improve the design of composite structures.
Composite structures are massively exploited in many engineering fields. For instance, the state-of-the-art civil aircraft (B787 and A350) are mostly made of composite materials.
The design of composites leads to challenging tasks since those competences that stemmed from the adoption of metallic materials are often inadequate for composites. Insights on many different disciplines and tight academic/industrial cooperation are required to fully exploit composite structure capabilities. The aim of this project is to overcome such limitations in the training process of Ph.D. students. The intersectoral approach is pursued by including secondments and specific industrial training requirements in each individual project.. The full spectrum of the design of composite structures will be dealt with - manufacturing, health-monitoring, failure, modelling, multiscale approaches, testing, prognosis and prognostic - to develop integrated analysis tools to improve the design and production of composites.
Impact on researcher’s career and on society
The skills and the employability of young researchers increase to a great extent through an interdisciplinary and intersectoral training. The existing training schemes are often based on specific themes and disciplines rather than on a broad interdisciplinary and academic-industrial integrated approach. The main aim and novelty of this project is the creation of a multidisciplinary, intersectoral and international research training network based on a strong academic basis and industrial partnerships for a new generation of top talented young researchers that will work in the European academic and industrial scenarios.
Working group @Polito
The project is coordinated by the MUL2 research group.
The people involved are:
Erasmo Carrera, Project coordinator, Professor
Maria Cinefra, Associate Professor
Matteo Filippi, Assistant Professor
Alfonso Pagani, Assistant Professor
Marco Petrolo, Assistant Professor
Enrico Zappino, Assistant Professor
Alberto Garcia de Miguel, Ph.D. Student
Guohong Li, Ph.D. Student
Ibrahim Kaleel, Ph.D. Student
List of beneficiary organizations
University of Bristol, United Kingdom. ESR: Sergio Minera Rebulla and Mayank Patni
Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, Bordeaux, France. ESR: Pietro Del Sorbo and Lorenzo Cappelli
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. ESR: Margarita Akterskaia and Sander van den Broek
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luzemburg. ESR: Yanchuan Hui and Gabriele De Pietro
ELAN-AUSY GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. ESR: Geogios Balokas
List of partner organizations
Universidade do Porto
University of Washington
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
FULLCOMP project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642121
- Budget: 3.000.000 euro
- Start date: 1/06/2015
- End date: 31/05/2019