WG2. Materials for Energy


Thematic scope

The thematic scope of WG2 is related to materials design, production and characterization for energy production. Materials for Energy in WG2 is a very broad topic, which can comprise ferritic and austenitic steels, Ni-based superalloys, Ti-based alloys, ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, etc. It also include materials issues for energy production from renewable sources, biomass combustion, fuel cells, nuclear energy plants, petro-chemical industry, etc.

The aim of this Working Group is to do joint research activity on Materials for Energy, possibly within funded projects, but surely also on a bottom-up, free, scientific basis. It was decided to start with an already existing research plan on Engineered Micro- and nanostructures for Enhanced long-term high-temperature materials Performance (EMEP).

The focus is on the development of innovative materials solutions based on detailed understanding and modelling of high-temperature microstructure degradation processes and surface protection against steam oxidation, and on simulation of manufacturing processes for large components to ensure optimal properties during scale up from laboratory samples to industrial use.

Currently, WG2 is composed of ca. 35 research centers / universities and ca. 25 companies, in 15 EU countries and is still growing.

WG2 has its regular annual meeting in Februray. Addiationally there are intermediate meetings in fall every year.

Members of WG2 submitted several common projects on materials modelling and simulation, materials testing and analysis, process optimization and surface engineering that are partly under development.

The action plan is to work on common research activity through two-page proposals continuously updated by each member on WG2 Dropbox folder, in order to find  aggregation points for joint research and proposal submission.

Meetings planned

8th and 9th of September 2016, location: Crawley, south of London, UK

Coordinators:

Prof. Christof Sommitsch (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
Prof. Monica Ferraris (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

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