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Fracture Across Scales and Materials, Processes and Disciplines

Project Leader
Wu Wei, Project Leader
Horizon 2020 - Excellent Science - Marie S. Curie - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
EU-Project Instruments
Marie Curie
Type of Research
Applied Research
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Geotechnical Engineering
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Fracture of materials is problematic across many disciplines and scales, from large building collapses and costly
preventative engineering fixes to the personal injuries caused by bone fracture. 80–90% of all structural failures occur as a
result of fatigue and thus fracture mechanisms. Extensive testing of materials for fracture parameters before use in specific
applications can be costly, wasteful and prohibitive when creating large structures. Computer models can be used to assess
the probability and impact of fracture for a specific application and material, thus serving as a prediction tool. However, the
models used are not accurate and reliable across multiple scales and across varying applications.
Fracture across Scales and Materials, Processes and Disciplines (FRAMED) aims to develop a predictive modeling
framework for fracture which will be applicable across multiple scales and materials, and across multiple disciplines and
processes; the target audience for applications are designers in the engineering field.
FRAMED will utilise the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE) scheme to create
a multi-disciplinary consortium consisting of engineers, chemists, material scientists, physicists and applied mathematicians
to create accurate and robust fracture models that can be used across a variety of scales, materials, processes and
disciplines. We will enhance the research and development work to be undertaken, providing a solid foundation for long term
international and inter-sectoral collaboration. High quality research and development work will be carried out via
international and intersectoral secondments, facilitating the creation of professional networks and knowledge transfer.
Fracture mechanics;
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