The Project

The NewFrac Network is a 36-month PhD program, where students will have intersectoral and international training around Europe in top of the line laboratories and companies in the field.

NewFrac Objetive

The main research objective of the NEWFRAC network is the development of a new modeling and simulation framework for the fracture mechanics optimization of high-level technological products involving heterogeneous systems (materials and structures), employed in engineering fields of strategic societal and scientific impact, ranging from renewable energy production systems to biological hard tissues.

This main objective will be achieved through the two following specific objectives:

To make a significant step forward on the key issues in FFM and PF, that will allow developing general computational tools able to solve complex fracture problems described above.

To confront these computational tools with challenging real-world fracture problems and applications which will provide the necessary feedback to upgrade these computational tools to obtain really predictive tools, which are robust, reliable and efficient, and thus useful in strategic industrial sectors.

IRP’s Titles

IRP 1: Total energy minimization with stress conditions for mixed mode fracture in anisotropic heterogeneous materials and structures.
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IRP 2: Toughening composites by micro and meso structural optimization.
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IRP 3: Fracture analysis of advanced layered ceramics.
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IRP 4: Fracture of LFRP ultra-thin ply laminates in aeronautical applications.
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IRP 5: Nucleation and propagation of compressive cracks.
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IRP 6: Multiscale modeling of fracture processes in injection molded SFRPs.
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IRP 7: Debonding of the reinforcement in LFRP externally strengthened curved beams.
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IRP 8: Fracture in biological anisotropic hard tissues (human bones).
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IRP 9: Multi-field and multi-scale modeling of fracture for renewable energy applications.
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IRP 10: PF modeling of fracture in the human femur.
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IRP 11: Analysis of the failure mechanisms associated to the unfolding failure in CFRP profiles.
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IRP 12: Fracture in fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (FRTPs) across the scales.
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IRP 13: Phase Field and Finite Fracture Mechanics for dynamic crack propagation and delamination in brittle materials and composites.
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European Commission under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Funded by the European Commission under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Grant Agreement n° 861061