To coincide with Graphene Week 2014, The Graphene Flagship Consortium has announced it is doubling in size as a result of a €9m Competitive Call, with 21 new proposals out of 218 from 19 countries, selected for funding.
The Graphene Flagship is the EU’s biggest research initiative ever, and, according to the European Commission, ‘history’s greatest distinction for excellent research’. With a budget of EUR one billion, the Graphene Flagship is tasked with taking graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of ten years.
With the Graphene Flagship, Europe has launched a new form of joint, coordinated research initiatives of unprecedented scale. The Graphene Flagship brings together an academic-industrial consortium aiming at a breakthrough for technological innovation. The research effort will cover the entire value chain, from materials production to components and system integration, and targets a number of specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene.
Nanesa has been selected as partner of iGCAuto, a PIONEERING research project to develop lighter, stronger, more energy-efficient and safe vehicles, using ‘wonder material’ graphene, which could potentially revolutionise the global automotive industry.
The project, led by University of Sunderland (Prof. Ahmed Elmarakbi - http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/newsevents/news/news/index.php?nid=2810 ), will involve Nanesa as nanomaterials developer and supplier, and other important industrial and research European partners (Centro Ricerche FIAT (Italy), Fraunhofer ICT (Germany), Interquimica (Spain) and Delta-Tech S.p.A. (Italy)).
iGCAuto will see the partners group conduct a series of tests for analysing the properties of graphene to determine how it behaves when it’s used to enhance the advanced composite materials used in the production of cars.
The automotive industry is widely viewed as being the industry in which the greatest volume of advanced composite materials will be used in the future, to produce light vehicles. However, due to the trade-off between light vehicles and safety standards, new directions need to be adopted to overcome safety issues. Several attempts have been made to strengthen the vehicle’s structure to enhance its crashworthiness, however, safety issues remain the main obstacle to producing lighter and greener cars. Therefore, in this project, a novel graphene-based polymer material will be investigated, modelled, and designed to enhance both vehicle and occupant safety; yet remain very light. This material will provide benefits such as improved strength, dimensional stability, and superior durability.
iGCAuto will address the gap between light vehicles and safety through the establishment of a high-level, enduring collaboration. The particular strength of this project is that it brings together the necessary expertise to develop novel graphene-based polymer composite materials and to then assess and predict their safety behaviour and long-term performance under severe conditions (i.e. crashworthiness, fatigue, etc.).
Nanesa will be particularly involved in developing an industrial scale-up process for the production of graphene related nanomaterials, in which the deepen control of working parameters will be an essential point to predict the proprieties of the resultant products.
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