Work Team / Consortium

NEWFRAC network is composed of (a) 7 leading research groups, whose leaders are internationally recognized experts in the field of solid mechanics and fracture and experienced PhD trainers, and (b) 2+3 leading high-tech companies with a special interest as end-users on the developments and outcomes of this network.

Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Universidad de Sevilla (US), Spain

The Universidad de Sevilla (US), with more than 70.000 students and 6.700 staff, is the third largest university in Spain.

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More than 10.000 students are following postgraduate courses, enrolled into 86 master programs and 152 doctoral programs. The Universidad de Sevilla is also committed to research, with 336 national, 74 regional and 38 European open projects. In addition to its 4.300 academic staff, there are 1.600 researchers under different contracts.

Research is carried out in the university departments, in 8 joint research centres and 9 university research institutes. With more than 30 years of existence, the Elasticity and Strength of Materials Group of this University has a reputed prestige in different research areas at international level such as composite materials, Finite Fracture Mechanics, Interface Cracks, Cohesive Models and more recently in Phase Field-based methods for fracture simulations, among others, as well as having strong connections with companies within the aerospace and aeronautical sectors.

The Group currently hosts one of the Chair of Aeronautical Studies sponsored by Airbus at the European level (EADS Chair).

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Key Persons
Prof. Vladislav Mantic

Prof. Vladislav Mantic

Professor of Continuum Mechanics and the Network Coordinator, is an expert in Fracture Mechanics and Computational Mechanics.

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Prof. Federico Paris

Prof. Federico Paris

Professor of Continuum Mechanics, is a worldwide expert in composites, particularly in failure of composites.

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Prof. Enrique Graciani

Prof. Enrique Graciani

Professor of Continuum Mechanics.

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Dr. José Reinoso

Dr. José Reinoso

Assistant Professor of Continuum Mechanics.

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Dr. Israel García

Dr. Israel G. García

Assistant Professor of Continuum Mechanics.

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Sorbonne Université (France). Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Sorbonne Université (SU), France

Located in the heart of Paris, Sorbonne Université covers all major disciplinary fields and offers new transversal academic and research programs.

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Born from the merger of “Université Pierre et Marie Curie” and “Université Paris Sorbonne”, whose campuses are located in the heart of Paris, Sorbonne Université covers all major disciplinary fields and offers new transversal academic and research programs. Sorbonne Université has become fully multidisciplinary research-intensive university with three faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Sciences & Engineering.

With more than 54.000 students (10.000 international students), 4.700 doctoral students and 6.300 researchers, Sorbonne Université is one of the leading French universities. The university is involved in numerous European and International partnership agreements and has France's largest scientific library and infrastructures bringing together the best talent in a wide array of these disciplines. With 8.500 publications per year (approx. 10% of all publications in France), Sorbonne Université is a major player in international knowledge and innovation economy, offering transversal academic and research programs.

The European Affairs office, which is in charge of the EU projects at the university, has managed so far 150 FP7 and 85 H2020 projects (35 ERC grants and 45 industry-sponsored research chairs). The EU office will manage all the financial, administrative and legal aspects for the participation of Sorbonne Université in this project.

The SU members of the present project, D. Leguillon and C. Maurini, belong to the Jean Le Rond d'Alembert Research Institute, a research unit partnered with the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), hosting nearly 70 permanent staff members.

The JLRA Research Institute conducts cross disciplinary research in various fields of engineering: solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and acoustics. Both D. Leguillon and C. Maurini belong to the MISES research team, which has a renowned expertise in both ductile and brittle fracture mechanics. This group also pioneered in the 70’s the theory of periodic homogenization (Sanchez-Palencia), allowing the micro-macro transition for materials with a microstructure. This dual expertise makes it a key player in fracture across scales.

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Key Persons
Prof. Corrado Maurini

Prof. Corrado Maurini

He is currently full professor at SU in mechanics. He teaches structural stability, finite element method and the theory of structures at undergraduate and graduate levels. His main research activity is on damage and fracture mechanics through the phase field method and on the stability of plates and shells. He authored more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Dr. Dominique Leguillon

Dr. Dominique Leguillon

Is a “directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS” (Emeritus senior researcher in CNRS). He published 1 book and more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. During his career he taught at the universities of Paris, Versailles and Bordeaux the finite element methods, the periodic homogenization theory and the brittle fracture mechanics.

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University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal. Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal

The University of Porto (UPORTO) is currently one the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe.

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With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, the University of Porto (UPORTO) is currently one the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe.

Close to 32.000 students, 2.400 teachers and researchers along with 1.600 administrative staff within its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units, spread across 3 university campuses located in the city of Porto.

The Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) is the largest faculty of UPORTO, with about 8.440 students and 577 teachers and researchers across 9 departments. It is located in the Asprela Campus, the main university campus in the city of Porto.

In the FP7, FEUP was partner and/or coordinator in a total of 48 projects, including as host institution of two ERC Grants. Under the new European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, FEUP is already partner in 14 projects funded (Marine UAS, BRIDGES, ICI-THROUGH, IN2RAIL, HYDRALAB-PLUS, FAME, ANTAREX, HEATSHIELD, RISEN, PRINTCR3DIT, LIQUEFACT, PRINT-AID, OPTICON and SERA) and is the coordinator of 3 other funded projects (SDIN, SmartHELMET and GOTSolar). FEUP is also a third party in the EMSODEV project.

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Key Persons
Prof. Pedro P. Camanho

Prof. Pedro P. Camanho

He is Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering at FEUP. He is a worldwide recognized expert on composite materials and author of more of 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Dr. Albertino Arteiro

Dr. Albertino Arteiro

He is Invited Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at FEUP. He is expert in fracture mechanics and computational methods and has been working intensively in the multi-scale analysis of ultra-thin ply laminates.

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Dr. Fermín Otero

Dr. Fermín Otero

He is a Senior Researcher at INEGI (Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), FEUP, and an expert on multi-scale methods and on non-linear and failure analysis of advanced composite materials.

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Robert Bosch GmbH. Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Robert Bosch GmbH

Global technology company with a wide spectrum of products and services with a net sale of more than 78 billion Euros and more than 400.000 associates worldwide.

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Robert Bosch GmbH is a global technology company with a wide spectrum of products and services in the fields of mobility solutions, industrial technology, energy and building technology, and consumer goods. Fascinating high-tech products with high quality are the basis for the success of Bosch.

With a net sale of more than 78 billion Euros and more than 400.000 associates worldwide, Bosch invests more than 7 billion Euros in research and development.

In the Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, around 1.700 highly specialized employees worldwide are engaged in technology breakthroughs. This sector has 12 sites around the world: 3 in America, 4 in Asia-Pacific, and 5 in Europe.

The research campus in Renningen with around 1.400 associates is the central hub of a global research and development network. Here, top researchers collaborate with leading reseach institutes, partners, and universities to make Bosch products even more efficient, safer, more comfortable, or environmentally friendly, and to lay the foundations for new innovations and business areas.

The division Metal and Plastics Technology and Production Automation covers topics related to future manufacturing technologies, material technology, and engineering methods.

These topics are strongly supported by the strategic program Computational Material Science which covers the development and utilization of numerical multiscale techniques and advanced material testing for various material classes.

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Key Persons
Dr. Ing. Fabian Welschinger

Dr. Ing. Fabian Welschinger

Senior Expert 'Design and Dimensioning of Components, Prediction of Lifetime, Process Simulation'

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Dr. Ing. Fabian Welschinger

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Weißgraeber

Expert for failure of composite materials at Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering and one of the architects of this project’s concept.

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Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy

Politecnico di Torino, founded in 1906 from the roots of the Technical School for Engineers created in 1859 has a long-standing tradition of leadership of polytechnic culture.

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It has close relationships with international institutions, companies, local government and other types of association and takes social and economic considerations into account.

The Politecnico Business Research Centre, within the Campus, is the place dedicated to cooperation between the Politecnico and industries. With more than 400 bilateral international agreements and 100 double degree agreements, Politecnico has links with the most prestigious Universities in Europe.

In 2018 Politecnico is ranked as the 33th University in the world in the field of Engineering and Technology (by faculty) and it is ranked as the 1st one in the Graduate Employability Ranking 2018.

In 2005 POLITO was one of the first institutions to endorse the “European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”

In November 2013 the European Commission awarded the 'HR Excellence in Research' label to Politecnico di Torino, remarking the strong commitment in the implementation of the principles of the Charter and Code aimed at creating a high quality academic environment where researchers and student s from all over the world can study, work and collaborate on innovative and challenging projects.

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Key Persons
Prof. Prieto Cornetti

Prof. Prieto Cornetti

Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics, he is a worldwide recognized expert on Fracture Mechanics, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Solid Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Materials Engineering, Fracture among other fields.

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Prof. Alberto Sapora

Prof. Alberto Sapora

Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics.

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Prof. Mauro Corrado

Dr. Mauro Corrado

Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics.

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Tel Aviv University (Israel). Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

Tel Aviv University is Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, with over 30.000 students studying across 9 faculties, 29 schools and 98 departments.

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TAU's rise as a world-renowned university in a mere fifty years demonstrates the power of vision and dedication. It is consistently ranked as one of Israel's top educational establishments.

In the 2012 Times Higher Education survey, which evaluated 17.500 universities worldwide, TAU was placed in the top 100 research institutions in the world, receiving the same ranking as Brown University in the United States and the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Tel Aviv University has the greatest research output of all Israeli universities and the highest citation rate relative to its staff. In 2011 TAU was ranked 14th in the world in citations per staff member, the highest ranking of any Israeli university.

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Key Persons
Prof. Zohar Yosibash

Prof. Zobar Yosibash

He is the head of experimental biomechanics and head of computational mechanics lab at Tel-Aviv University He serves as the President of the Israel Association for Computational Methods in Mechanics. He is also the chairman of the PhD committee of the Faculty of Engineering at TAU.

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IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (IMT), Italy. Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (IMT), Italy

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a public graduate school and research institute that focuses on the analysis of economic, societal, technological and cultural systems.

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Since IMT’s institution by ministerial decree of November 18th 2005, the School has distinguished itself thanks to the quality and innovativeness of its research and doctoral program and its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by the complementarity and discourse between methodologies drawn from economics, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, archeology, art history and the analysis and management of cultural heritage.

The work developed in this ITN will be focused on the development of novel computational methods for the application of the phase field approach to fracture at the microscale, including the interaction with pre-existing interfaces in the materials/components and with multiple fields.

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Key Persons
Prof. Marco Paggi

Prof. Marco Paggi

He is Full Professor at IMT and Director of the Research Unit Multi-Scale Analysis of Materials (MUSAM) and of the experimental laboratory MUSAM-Lab. He is a recognized expert in computational mechanics and in the application of fracture mechanics to renewable-energy systems. He is author of more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Eidgenoessische technische hochschule, Switzerland. Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Switzerland

University for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge.

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At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Key Persons
Prof. Laura de Lorenzis

Prof. Laura de Lorenzis

She is Professor and Head of the Computational Mechanics Group at ETH Zürich. She is an expert on Fracture mechanics, Contact mechanics, and Computational mechanics.

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FIDAMC (Spain). Beneficiaries Institutions. NewFrac Network

Foundation for the Research Development and Application of Composite Materials, Airbus Group (FIDAMC), Spain

FIDAMC is a foundation created in 2006 focused on research, development and application of composite materials.

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FIDAMC is a foundation created in 2006 by the Spanish Ministry of Industry (through CDTI, who chairs the entity), the Regional Government of Madrid and Airbus Operations S.L. (formerly EADS N.V.) focused on research, development and application of composite materials.

The current headcount is 74 people mainly skilled engineers. FIDAMC has had its own brand-new facilities since 2009, with over 1.500 m2 for offices and over 4.000 m2 for labs and workshops, to house the specific state-of-theart equipment required to carry out characterization tests expected.

Main general activities, among others for FIDAMC, are: improvement of known technologies; analysis, test and demonstration of emerging technologies; way of application of those technologies to specific products; contribute to establish specific Design Principles/Stress methods; propose new lines of research to University, R&D Labs or other centers.

The main areas of interest for FIDAMC are those directly related to advanced composite material technologies: Automated lay-up (ATL, Tow Placement, In-situ consolidation); Advanced Composites Liquid Molding (RTM, RFI); Pre-forming/Hot-forming; Composites Joining and Assembly Technology; Smart composites structure (Optical fibre monitoring).

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Key Persons
Ing. Bernardo López Romano

Ing. Bernardo López Romano

Aeronautical Engineer and Head of Engineering and Simulation.

Dr. María Rodríguez Gude

Dr. María Rodríguez Gude

Head of physical-chemical testing and Silvia Calvo Del Valle, Head of mechanical testing.

Aquilino García García

Aquilino García García

Head of manufacturing and tooling department will.