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Horizon 2020 success!

I have just been informed that a Horizon 2020 proposal I co-wrote has been positively evaluated.

The proposal I co-wrote earlier this year was one of only two proposals evaluated positively to receive funding from the 20 that were submitted for the FoF-4 call. It deals with how the ubiquitous ITC infrastructure and data-gathering that is part of the Factories-of-the-Future (Industry 4.0) concept can be utilised to improve the attractiveness of factories as a place of work for the well-trained employees the manufacturing sector needs.


Carbon fibre chassis Alfa Romeo 4C

Designer materials: modelling novel composites

The Horizon 2020 proposal I’ve been writing—submitted earlier this week—deals with improved numerical simulation tools for the behaviour of complex, composite materials.

Think about carbon-fibre reinforced car bodies, aircraft wings, or surf boards. The performance of composite parts not only depends on the constituent materials, but to a large extend on fibre/matrix structure and material interactions at the molecular scale (e.g. fibre/matrix adhesion).


Digital Human Body Model

Virtual cars, virtual drivers

I’ve co-written and submitted another FP7 proposal.

Over the past few months I’ve been co-writing another proposal for a European FP7 project, collaborating with Bax & Willems Consulting Venturing in Barcelona (a company run by my brother). For a consortium of 12 academic and industrial partners from the automotive industry – including major car makers – we wrote a hefty 85-page document to propose research on the use of Digital Human Body Models for safety testing, especially with regards to new “active pre-crash” systems that are entering the market. These systems will autonomously apply the brakes if a crash is imminent and the human driver fails to do so.


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