3.1.─────Materials for Transport

The working group WG1 "Materials for Transport" is focused on materials for automotive and aerospace applications.

The main focus is on advanced ferrous and non-ferrous metals but other materials like ceramics, polymers, composites, functionally graded materials, hybrid materials etc. can also be approached. WG1 is currently composed of 35 institutions from different European countries willing to share their expertise, state of-the-art equipment and facilities for the production and characterisation of advanced materials as well as modelling activities in collaborative projects.


WG1 thematic scope

The topics addressed comprise development, characterisation and modeling of new structural and functional materials driven by specific applications in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Lightweight materials, high strength materials, high temperature materials, damage tolerant materials, materials resistant to wear, corrosion and oxidation are among the most often tackled research themes.
The material classes include metals and alloys with high specific strength, advanced ceramics, metal-ceramic bulk composites (e.g. MMC, CMC, IPC, FGM) and coatings, intermetalics and alike.


WG1 structure

The structure of WG1 is flexible and adaptable to the ongoing R&D activities. There are not any fixed subgroups or organisational model. There are two coordinators who collect and share the relevant information produced by the group and try to boost the collaboration of its members.
The research activity is centered on internal collaborative projects. The initiator of a research idea willing to launch a collaborative project shares the idea with the WG1 members. If there are enough interested partners to cover all the aspects required to carry out the project the idea initiator stimulates and coordinates the activity that is further defined by the group.


WG1 current activities and future plans

The joint activities within WG1 are concentrated on the internal collaborative projects, exchange of researchers in the frame of the KMM-VIN Research Fellowships, and organization of Industrial Workshops.
Currently, there are several collaborative research projects running, mainly concerned with metal-matrix composites reinforced with ceramics produced by powder metallurgy or in-situ methods. Several KMM-VIN Research Fellowships related to materials for transport were granted in 2017 and some new ones are awaited in 2018.
The next KMM-VIN Industrial Workshop devoted to materials for transport will be organized in 2019 in Krakow, Poland.