New ceramic technologies and novel multifunctional
ceramic devices and structures

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Research AreaFP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN Marie Curie ITN transfer of knowledge programme
Project ReferencePITN-GA-2013-606878-CERMAT2
CoordinatorProf. Andrea Piccolroaz
Project Funding2.57 million euro
Contract TypeInitial Training Networks (ITN)
Start Date2013-11-01
Duration48 months


The CERMAT2 project aims to train young researchers in understanding the modelling of Solid Mechanics problems applied to the process and design of advanced ceramics in a synergic collaboration between academia and industry, in view of social developments related to enhancement of industrial production and pollution reduction. The objective will be pursued by a training-through-research methodology focused on:
  1. improvement of processes related to ceramic powder compaction and design of ceramic pieces;
  2. fundamental understanding of the behaviour of granular and composite materials;
  3. development of multifunctional ceramic materials and structures.
The CERMAT2 network involves five Academic Institutions (UNITN specialized in Solid Mechanics, with expertise on ceramics; RUT specialized in Computational and Experimental Mechanics and Processing; UoL specialized in Applied Mathematics; AU specialized in Mathematical Modelling; BU specialized in the application of Inverse Analysis theory to material characterization) and three Technology and Production Units (CEREL, a productive unit of an applied research institute, specialized in developing ceramic materials and manufacture technologies; ES, a SME operating in the field of Computer-Aided-Engineering, Virtual Prototyping, process simulation and optimization of design and production processes; VESUVIUS, a SME part of the VESUVIUS group present around the world, manufacturer of ceramics, refractory products, and flow control systems).


This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no PITN-GA-2013-606878.


Prof. Andrea Piccolroaz
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Meccanica
Università di Trento, via Mesiano, 77 I-38123 Trento (Italia)
Tel: +39 0461 282583
Fax: +39 0461 282599