Throughout history mankind has struggled to develop materials with advanced properties and this effort has contributed to a continuous increase of the living standards. However, the XXI century still presents major challenges such as sustainable growth, a fair distribution of resources (water, food), fighting infectious diseases and an improvement of biomedical devices, among others. Meeting these challenges requires a continuing effort in materials innovation.
The global objective of this proposal is to leverage the complementary capabilities of several research groups of Madrid in order to develop a design methodology for advanced materials (mainly focused in metallic alloys and polymerbased composites) by integrating multiscale materials modeling tools and combinatorial processing methods. We intend to develop an innovation process that is more efficient and, therefore, more economically advantageous than traditional strategies for the discovery of new materials.
The described methodology will be applied within the timeframe of the present call (4 years), more specifically, to design novel steels and Cobalt alloys for operation under extreme temperatures, high strength betaTitanium alloys with tailored thermal and magnetic properties, thin films and coatings for applications as protective layers in aggressive environments and against wear and as solid lubricants, and multiscale modeling tools capable of predicting the mechanical behavior of advanced polymerbased composites from their constituent properties and architecture.
The ambitious objectives outlined above need to be addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective that requires the integration of research activities that have so far been mostly carried out separately. In particular, a close collaboration between experts in computational materials design, as well as in materials modeling, processing and characterization is essential. Our consortium brings together all these capabilities. It is formed by 7 research groups belonging to three research institutes (IMDEA Materials, ICMM-CSIC and CENIM-CSIC) and three universities (Complutense, Politécnica and Carlos III) of Madrid as well as 2 laboratories. The activities will be carried out jointly with several associated companies, leaders in the transport, energy and materials production sectors such as Airbus Operations, the Antolín Group, Industria de Turbopropulsores (ITP), Abengoa, Sandvik, Acerinox, Ferroatlántica S. A., AMES, and Gerdau, as well as with the startup company nano4energy. Moreover, the project is supported by the Spanish Platform for Steel Technologies (PLATEA), which will facilitate diffusion of the main achievements among its member companies.
The DIMMAT project is funded by Madrid region under programme S2013/MIT-2775.