Start Date and End Date
08 March 2019
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In EIROS, high structural performance, self-healing, ice and erosion resistant multi-functional nanocomposites will be developed. State of the art solutions do not include all the properties simultaneously. It is possible to obtain ice and erosion resistance by using paints or coatings, but it is considered to be more advantageous to design bulk materials exhibiting the mentioned properties. This idea lies behind the formation of the partnerships in EIROS; sectors such as aerospace, space, wind energy and automotive all showed interest.
Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges
Icing at the leading edge of airplane wings is a tremendous problem in aerospace sector. Active and passive solutions are currently used to prevent icing but more durable and cost-effective solutions are still being searched for. Icing on cryogenic tanks of space launch vehicles is very critical and severe precautions are taken to prevent it. Enhancement of mechanical properties, ice resistance and self-healing properties are believed to be very valuable in manufacturing next generation composite cryogenic tanks. Wind turbines with increased efficiency are possible with EIROS due to ice and erosion resistance as well as mechanical enhancement. In automotive sector, replacement of metal parts with ice and erosion resistant composites will result in huge weight savings and decrease in fuel consumption.
Life cycle assessment, recycling and environmental sustainability will be subject to consideration in several work packages of Project EIROS. Effects of nanomaterial synthesis, integration of nanomaterials into composites and industrial scale-up processes on health and safety will be evaluated deeply throughout EIROS. Procedures based on the mentioned subjects will be designed for life cycle analysis and best practice safety guidance.
Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)
Scientific outputs of EIROS are based on nanotechnology, whereas products are based on the integration of nanomaterials to industrial applications. Present industrial processes are not suitable for direct integration. Therefore, innovation in industrial processes have utmost importance and studies related to this subject will be carried out by partners in space, aerospace, wind energy and automotive sectors.
Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting
The provision of Improved Public Goods
The improved exercise of professional skill
Human capital development
As also seen from the consortium structure, EIROS addresses several different sectors and plays an important role in the development of human capital. By EIROS, EU jobs in high value manufacturing sectors of aerospace, space, energy and automotive will be secured and low cost products and services to the society by the benefits of cost effectiveness approach of EIROS will be provided.