"Modelling of morphology Development of micro- and Nano Structures"
Funding: European Union, 7th Framework Programme (NMP4-SL-2013-604271)
Partners: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Trieste, BASF SE, Politecnico di Torino, Wikki Ltd., Eindhoven University of Technology, IMDEA Materials Institute, University of Stuttgarrt, Vysolka Skola Chemicko-Technologica, Deutsches Institut für Normung
Project period: 2014 – 2016
Principal Investigators: Prof. Javier LLorca (javier.llorca(AT)imdea.org) and Dr. Claudio Lopes (claudiosaul.lopes(AT)imdea.org)
MODENA aims at developing, demonstrating and assessing an easy-to-use multi-scale software-modeling framework application under an open-source licensing scheme that delivers models with feasible computational loads for process and product design of complex materials. The use of the software will lead to novel research and development avenues that fundamentally improve the properties of these nanomaterials.
As an application case MODENA will consider polyurethane (PU) foams, which is an excellent example of a large turnover product produced in a variety of qualities and of which the properties are the result of designing and controlling the material structure on all levels of scale, from the molecule to the final product. Polyurethanes are used in furniture, automotive, coatings, construction, thermal insulation and footwear, which are the most important industry sectors. Tailoring these properties requires understanding and detailed modeling of the fundamental material behaviour on all scales.
An open-source software-suite will be constructed that logically interlinks scale and problem specific software of the participating research groups, using a software orchestrator that communicates information utilizing our proposed new communication standard in both directions, namely upwards to the higher scale and downwards to the lower scale. This feature is unique, enabling the solution of complex material design problems.
IMDEA Materials Institute will be responsible for the modelling of the mechanical and transport properties at the macroscopic scale from the information of the morphology and material properties at the mesoscale. IMDEA Materials will also carry of the characterization on the mechanical properties at the mesoscale and macroscale in to validate the results of the models at the mesoscale and macroscale.