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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
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.
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.
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).
The MASTRO project started on December 1, 2017 and will run for 42 months.
41% F - 59% M GENDER STATISTICS
30 DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES
722 DAYS SINCE KICK-OFF
56% PROJECT COMPLETED