EXTREME project, coordinated by Professor Michele Meo in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is showcasing its results at a special EXTREME Dynamic Loading session at the 12th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology (ICCST12) on 8-10 May 2019 in Sorrento, Italy.

This special session includes four hour-long sessions over the first two days of the conference, specifically aimed at showcasing findings from the EXTREME project. The sessions are open to all conference participants and are composed of a variety of talks from the scientists involved in the project, demonstrating the work they have carried out over the four-year project.

In addition to this special session, the University of Bath group, led by Prof Meo, will also present work at the International Conference on Composite Science and Technology ICCST12 conference with an additional 7 proceedings in the event schedule. The project also has its own dedicated booth at the conference.

This EU-funded project brings together 14 industrial and academic leaders in the Aerospace and Automotive sector from across the EU. The global quest for greener air transportation sees composite material playing a crucial role in greatly reducing the weight of aircraft structures. However, these materials are highly vulnerable to extreme dynamic loadings from a range of events. This includes blade off events, where a fan or turbine blade breaks within the engine, or damage from foreign objects, such as hail, runway debris, bird strike, etc.

The project has already delivered several successful technologies in the fields of: - matrix and fibre materials

  • material characterisation

  • sensors and data acquisition

  • imaging during and after impact

  • structural health monitoring and

  • material modelling and numerical simulation

These technologies will change the way industries make use of composite materials in the future.

The EU-funded EXTREME project (GA 636549) has been managed by Research Project Management Services of Research & Innovation Services (RIS).