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).
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.