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UA participates in a project to develop intelligent materials for aerospace, automotive and transport infrastructure industries

Within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, the project will increase user safety, durability of components and their performance


Different types of matrices will be used for the development of these materials, from polymeric to concrete, as well as carbon nanomaterials.


Alicante. Thursday, 07 December 2017

From the month of December, Researchers from the University of Alicante Department of Civil Engineering and technology-based company (TBF) Applynano Solutions will be part of the MASTRO project, Intelligent bulk MAterials for Smart TRanspOrt industries, led by Acciona. As part of Horizon 2020 —the largest European R&D+i financing system —the project is intended to develop intelligent materials for the transport industry, particularly for the aerospace, automotive and transport infrastructure sectors.

One of the novelties of these intelligent materials is to monitor their own deformation and be able to heat and unfreeze their surface themselves. Also, with their self-repairing properties and capable of protecting themselves from damage, they will increase user safety and their components durability and performance. All this while reducing maintenance and manufacturing costs, as well as greenhouse gases emissions.

For the development of these materials different matrices will be used, from polymeric to concrete and carbon nanomaterials, with functionalities based on three physical phenomena: the variation of electrical resistivity of a material when mechanical stress is applied; relationship between the heat generated in a conductor and the electrical current flow; and electrostatic dissipation to protect materials from electrical discharge.

With these objectives in mind, the UA Department of Civil Engineering Research Group in Durability of Materials and Constructions in Engineering and Architecture will —on the one hand— working in the development of both perception of deformation and damage in reinforced concrete structures. On the other, in heating systems in asphalt and concrete pavements with the aim of avoiding the formation of ice on, for example, airport runways in countries with very cold weather.

Among this UA research group lines of research we point out the development of multifunctional conductive cementitious materials; the study of corrosion and durability behaviour in materials such as concrete, as well as other construction elements and structures in civil engineering and architecture. Moreover, they are experts in the development and application of mortars and concrete with a lower ecological footprint.

In this context, the TBF from Alicante Applynano Solutions will work on the functionalisation of carbon nanomaterials, the preparation of composite materials, and the scaling of nanomaterials production to either the manufacturing of  prototypes or for use in industrial tests.

Applynano Solutions project started in 2015 within the University of Alicante Chemical Engineering Department to offer innovative industrial solutions and to improve the performance of products through the use of carbon nanomaterials. A production line of graphene and high quality derivatives is also include in the project, a technology with great potential in a wide range of industries such as aeronautics and naval, automotive, sports equipment, batteries, 3D printing, and for the storage of energy and electronic devices.


MASTRO partners 

The MASTRO project consortium is made up of 16 firms, SMEs, universities and technology centres from several countries: Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany and Sweden. Along with companies such as Acciona Construcción and prestigious experts from universities such as Sheffield (United Kingdom), an ICT platform will be deployed for  horizontal validation of intelligent technologies in the transport and infrastructure industries during the period 2018-2021.

The meeting with all partners to start the project is scheduled for 17 and 18 January 2018 at the venue of Acciona, located in Alcobendas (Madrid).

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