In July 2017 European Comission, in the frame of the call H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STAFF EXCHANGE (MSCA RISE) has granted the project QUANTIFY “Unraveling the role of anisotropy in material failure”. The project is coordinated by the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) and one of the project beneficiaries is IPPT PAN. The project leader will be Prof. Jose. A. Rodriguez-Martinez (UC3M, Spain), while the IPPT representative – dr hab. Katarzyna Kowalczyk-Gajewska from Depertment of Mechanics of Materials. The project is supposed to start in January, 2018 and will last for four years.

The MSCA RISE scheme promotes international and intersector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and viceversa). The scheme fosters a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes. RISE involves organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors, based in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and outside Europe (third countries).Support is provided for the development of partnerships in the form of a joint research and innovation project. This is aimed at knowledge sharing via international as well as intersectoral mobility, based on secondments of research and innovation staff (exchanges) with an in-built return mechanism. RISE projects should exploit complementary competences of the participating organisations, as well as other synergies, and enable networking activities, organisation of workshops and conferences to facilitate sharing of knowledge, new skills acquisition and career development for research and innovation staff members.

Overall research objective of the QUANTIFY project is to unravel the role of material anisotropy in the dynamic mechanical failure of metallic materials fabricated using 3D printing and microstructure optimization techniques.Within this overall research objective, 4 specific canonical problems of interest for the transportation and civilian-security industries were identified, in which material anisotropy plays a key role, namely

  • Identify the role of microstructure optimization induced anisotropy on dynamic necking failure of oligocrystalline lightweight metals.
  • Determine the effect of microstructure optimization induced anisotropy on dynamic necking failure of polycrystalline lightweight metals.
  • Describe the role of additive manufacturing induced anisotropy on shear dominated dynamic failure in lightweight porous metals.
  • Bring to light the effect of additive manufacturing induced anisotropy on dynamic void growth failure in lightweight porous metals.

To address these ambitious scientific objectives, a consortium composed of 4 European beneficiaries and 4 USA partner organizations was formed. The beneficiaries are renowned research groups in the field of Solid Mechanics of 4 different institutions located in European (or associated) countries: University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M – Spain), University of Lorraine (UL – France), Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT – Poland) and Israel Institute of Technology (TECHNION – Israel). The partners belong to the world’s leading institutions for high-quality science, namely Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), University of Florida (UF), Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).