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Work Package 1: Project Planning and Management

Lead Beneficiary:

Queen’s University Belfast

Duration:

48 months (October 2016 – September 2020)

ESRs involved:

ALL

Objectives:

  • Recruitment of ESRs through the beneficiaries’ personnel departments
  • Collection and dissemination of ESR progress reports
  • Coordination of six-monthly project meetings
  • Overseeing the preparation of technical and financial reports for submission to the EC
  • Launching and maintenance of the project website and social media presence

Work Package 2: Material development and characterisation of novel 2D and 3D composite systems

Lead Beneficiary:

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

Duration:

36 months (January 2017 – December 2019)

ESRs involved:

ESR 1 – ESR 5

Objectives:

  • Improvement of the reliability and accuracy of dynamic material testing
  • Generation of intermediate and high strain rate material data on candidate composite systems
  • Development of new 3D woven composite architectures for maximum energy absorption
  • Exploration of the use of nano-additives in thermoplastics for improved crashworthiness
  • Development of self-reinforced composites for optimum energy absorption

Work Package 3: Numerical modelling of impact and crush behaviour of composite structures

Lead Beneficiary:

RISE SICOMP

Duration:

36 months (January 2017 – December 2019)

ESRs involved:

ESR 6 – ESR 8, ESR 15

Objectives:

  • Improvement of the predictive capability of current finite element methods in modelling composite crushing
  • Exploration of other numerical methods for capturing composite crushing
  • Development of new 3D woven composite architectures for maximum energy absorption
  • Exploration of the use of nano-additives in thermoplastics for improved crashworthiness
  • Development of computationally efficient methodologies for larger-scale modelling

Work Package 4: Joint design for energy absorbing structures

Lead Beneficiary:

University of Limerick

Duration:

36 months (January 2017 – December 2019)

ESRs involved:

ESR 10, ESR 11

Objectives:

  • Development of computational tools for the optimisation of complex, multi- bolt joints for energy absorption
  • Development of novel approaches to composite-to-metal joining using reversible fastener-less technologies that can be easily disassembled for inspection

Work Package 5: Structural design and optimisation for maximum energy absorption

Lead Beneficiary:

Short Brothers plc

Duration:

36 months (March 2017 – February 2020)

ESRs involved:

ESR 9, ESR 12 – ESR 14

Objectives:

  • Development of new crashworthy design configurations of aerostructural components
  • Development of a reliable automotive crash modelling methodology that will lead to new crashworthy design configurations
  • Conduction of large scale dynamic structural crash tests
  • Development of a multidisciplinary optimisation framework for crashworthy composite structures which accounts for manufacturing-related issues

Work Package 6: Local training

Lead Beneficiary:

Queen’s University Belfast

Duration:

38 months (January 2017 – February 2020)

ESRs involved:

ALL

Objectives:

  • Ensuring that all ESRs have an appropriate local training plan
  • Tracking of completion of each ESR’s scientific, technical and transferable skills training
  • All ESRs successfully defend their thesis and degree conferred

Work Package 7: Network training

Lead Beneficiary:

Queen’s University Belfast

Duration:

36 months (January 2017 – December 2019)

ESRs involved:

ALL

Objectives:

  • Hosting three summer schools
  • Hosting the ICONIC international conference - ECCCS-1
  • Facilitation and monitoring of secondments

Work Package 8: Dissemination, public engagement and exploitation

Lead Beneficiary:

Queen’s University Belfast

Duration:

48 months (October 2016 – September 2020)

ESRs involved:

ALL

Objectives:

  • Dissemination of research outcomes to the scientific community, European industry and stakeholders using open access principles
  • Facilitation of the exploitation of research outcomes by the participants and external stakeholders
  • Undertaking public engagement activities to promote scientific careers to school children
  • Updating website and social media with dissemination and public engagement activities

Work Package 9: Ethics requirements

Lead Beneficiary:

Queen’s University Belfast

Duration:

48 months (October 2016 – September 2020)

ESRs involved:

ALL

Objectives:

  • Ensuring compliance with the ‘ethics requirements’ set out by the European Commission