Training and advanced models for composite structures

Title of the research project

FULLCOMP - FULLy integrated analysis, design, manufacturing and health-monitoring of COMPosite structures

Scientific area

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