Dynamic behaviour of composite materials for next generation aeroengines

Funding: European Union, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement 722096)
Partners: IMDEA Materials Institute (Project Coordinator), HEXCEL, Micro Materials, Technical University of Madrid and Madri+d foundation
Region: Europe
Project period: 2016 – 2020
Principal Investigators: Drs. Jon Molina (jon.molina@imdea.org), Carlos González (carlosdaniel.gonzalez@imdea.org) and Federico Sket (Federico.sket@imdea.org)
Principal Investigators: http://dynacomp-project.eu/

DYNACOM is an European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme focused on the design of the next generation of structural composite materials for high strain rate applications. This goal will be achieved by the development of a consistent, physically based multiscale simulation strategy informed by the dynamic properties of the constituents (fibre, matrix and fiber/matrix interface) measured with a novel micromechanical testing methodology. Two of the major milestones of this EID are: (1) to offer 2 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) a multidisciplinary and intersectorial training with the objective of establishing a new design paradigm in structural design of composite materials and (2) to provide the European industry with new tools towards a knowledge-based incorporation of composite materials into new components, without the need of inefficient and expensive traditional trial and error approaches. In this sense, the technological focus is put into the introduction of new composite components into the next generation of aeronautical engines, but the implications are numerous in other sectors where composite materials have been identified as a key enabling technology, such as in transport, energy generation and biomedical applications. To accomplish this, the programme brings together one research institution (IMDEA Materials Institute), two industrial partners (HEXCEL and Micro Materials), one academic institution (The Technical University of Madrid) and a non-profit organization (Madri+d).

The joint academic and industrial training program offered by this EID will ensure that the innovative aspects of the research work find a quick industrial integration and will provide the ESRs with a truly interdisciplinary and intersectoral training, enhancing their employability and career perspectives.

IMDEA Materials Institute coordinates the DYNACOMP project and will lead the scientific direction of the programme.