Predictive Modeling and Advanced Characterization

Materials and products  become increasingly more complex. More different materials become available each year, resulting in endless combination possibilities for applications and functionalities. Basic knowledge, based on detailed material characterization, is needed more than ever.


Next to this, statistics reveal that implementation of new, innovative materials in the market takes a very long time (see also "Bridging the gap between basic research and the market"). Studies show a typical time to market of ten to fifteen years for new materials. Combined with the ever increasing demand for faster developments, it is clear that this time to market will have to be decreased.

There are worldwide efforts to speed up, which proves to be a very complex matter. As described in the US Materials Genome Initiative, it is believed that a combination of basic understanding, through characterization and theoretical considerations, and predictive modeling capabilities, validated by experimentation should result in the knowledge required to speed up advanced material development and market introduction.

Also the European (FP7) project Accelerated Metallurgy aims at the accelerated discovery of alloy formulations using combinatorial principles.

This SIM research theme is in line with these initiatives and strategies. By building up fundamental scientific understanding of materials and combinations of materials, using highly detailed characterization, multiscale modeling and experimental validation, applied research and market introduction of new materials and new material functionalities can be accelerated.

This is a so-called horizontal research theme since the required knowledge will be applicable in a number of domains, industrial roadmaps and value chains. Therefore it cannot be linked to just one industrial consortium and the horizontal program(s) in this theme should support the developments in several vertical programs.

There is also a vertical research program that is closely linked to this theme: M3 (MacroModelMat), focusing on predictive modeling of lightweight materials. This program is part of the research theme "durable and sustainable structural materials".

SIM Call 16 - Call for projects

SIM Call 16 is open for project proposals fitting within the framework of any approved and/or running vertical SIM Program (see links below). This is an OPEN Call in 2018.

Call 13 - Call for Projects

Call 13 has been closed. 7 projects (3 SBO, 4 ICON) have been submitted and evaluation procedure is ongoing. Decision is expected in October 2016.

Call 12 - Call for Projects

This project call aimed at submitting IBO (ICON, Cooperatief or Cooperatief-PLUS) and SBO project proposals fitting within the framework of any approved and/or running SIM research program.

Meeting Materials: High-performance products with lightweight materials 27/05/2014

Meeting Materials 'High-performance products with lightweight materials' is organised by the Bond voor Materialenkennis, Automotive NL, M2i and SIM.
Location: 
Helmond, the Netherlands

Call 10

Call 10 is a project call aimed at submitting project proposals fitting within the framework of any approved and/or running SIM research program.

SIM User Forum 2013 21/10/2013

The annual SIM User Forum was organized 21st October, location Stuurboord in Antwerp. The goal of the event was to bring together the materials’ community in Flanders from an industrial as well as an academic perspective, to facilitate discussions and stimulate further crosslinking of the network.
Location: 
Stuurboord Antwerpen

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