The overall objective of the MASTRO project is to develop intelligent bulk materials for the transport sector incorporating self-responsive properties


The aim is to increasing consumer safety, component life-span and performance while reducing maintenance and manufacturing costs and also through-life greenhouse gas emissions


From nanomaterials and manufacturing know-how to building self-responsive materials for the aerospace, automotive, and transport sectors

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The project Advisory Board (AB) offers professional guidance to project leaders, especially on replicability aspects of project outcomes to other sectors. If you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please feel free to contact us.

MASTRO Advisory Board

Sectors

AERONAUTIC

Improve safety with intelligent self-responsive components, such as (i) self- sensing, self-deicing, self-curing, self-healing wing leading edges, (ii) self-deicing engine intakes and (iii) self-protected fuel systems and tanks  

AUTOMOTIVE

Improve drivers’ safety and experience with enhanced durability of novel materials, such as (i) self-sensing, self-curing, and self-healing bumpers, (ii) self-deicing door gaskets and windscreen wipers area, (iii) self-deicing, self-protection battery filling systems and (iv) self-heating seats.

TRANSPORT NETWORK

Avoid sudden structure failures by developing new intelligent infrastructures with self-sensing properties, able monitor the integrity of materials. Enhance safety  in roads and bridges with self-deicing and self-healing pavements.

The science behind our applications

The applications developed are based on three simple physical phenomena

When mechanical stress is applied on a metallic or semiconducting object, a change in its electrical resistivity is observed. This phenomenon is called piezoresistivity. The electrical resistivity is a fundamental property of materials related to the structure of atoms within the material that quantifies resistance to the flow of electric current.

Piezoresistivity

When an electric current flows through a material, heat is generated. The kinetic energy of the electrons in the current flow is partly transformed to heat when the electrons collide with the atomic ions of the material.

Joule’s first law

When an electric pulse is applied through a material, the electrostatic energy will be reduced to other forms (e.g. heat).

Electrostatic dissipation

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Project progress

The MASTRO project started on December 1, 2017 and will run for 42 months.

41% F - 59% M GENDER STATISTICS

5 DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES

183 DAYS SINCE KICK-OFF

14% PROJECT COMPLETED

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