Enhancing market opportunities for EU industries

  • AERONAUTIC. MASTRO technologies that demonstrate improved performance or efficiency than current practices will be introduced in aircraft production processes. The potential for incorporation of new technologies in this sector is immense and it is expected that MASTRO technologies will achieve wide acceptance.
  • AUTOMOTIVE. New products will be introduced at the level of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and in the large sector of aftermarket sales. It is expected that an increase of market opportunities up to 15%, with the possibility of a widespread distribution will be achieved through MASTRO technologies.
  • TRANSPORT NETWORK. New structural health monitoring technology applying self-sensing concepts will result in the reduction of maintenance requirements and the early detection of damages. These features will create a new demand by public and private clients. Public authorities, construction companies and road operators, will be interested in self-healing asphalt pavements once they prove to decrease maintenance costs. Moreover, the demand for de-icing pavements will be especially high in northern countries by public (black spots) and private (garage ramps) clients.

Improving consumer safety

  • AERONAUTIC. Self-deicing, self-sensing, and self-curing technologies will have a strong impact (estimated around 10%) on consumer safety, contributing to mitigate the associated risks of accidents. A fivefold reduction of accidents is expected in the aeronautic industry by 2050.
  • AUTOMOTIVE. Increasing the visibility of cars by self-heating critical parts of the vehicle, such as external side mirrors, windshield wipers, and hood will significantly increase consumer safety. As a result, a reduction of casualties due to accidents and repair costs of damaged vehicles is expected. A deeper impact on society will be achieved, with a reduction of healthcare costs.
  • TRANSPORT NETWORK. MASTRO technologies for self-deicing asphalt will reduce related accidents in blackspots due to freezing by 20%. On the other hand, as 10% of accidents are due to deteriorated road conditions, the application of MASTRO self-healing asphalt technologies will reduce blackspots by 10%, thus improving road conditions and reducing fatalities and injuries.

Reducing maintenance costs

  • AERONAUTIC. Materials with self-sensing properties facilitate the detection of damages without halting operation for disassembly and inspection, thus reducing maintenance costs. In addition, crucial information is provided to the design and manufacturing engineers, which can be used to validate numerical simulations, eventually reviewing the overall properties of composite components.
  • AUTOMOTIVE. An overall reduction of 5% to 8% for maintenance costs in the automotive sector (especially in northern regions) is expected. Specifically, cost reductions will be achieved by managing the reparation of items damaged by cold weather conditions (wipers, locks, control units, battery filling system, body, etc.) or by the misuse of devices or control units (indirect damages, accidents, etc.). MASTRO technologies may result in savings that amount to 30% of total costs, because components will be operating under improved conditions, with less temperature induced stresses and lower fatigue. Cracks caused by excessive loading of the parts under a more fragile structural condition due to the temperature will be avoided.
  • TRANSPORT NETWORK. All roads require maintenance activities before they come to the end of their service life. Current practices for asphalt require three times maintenance activities throughout the lifetime of the road (approximately 30 years). The costs for such maintenance operations may range from 19.000 to 42.000 €/km per year. Applying MASTRO self-healing technology, regular activities can be reduced from three to one, saving 2/3 of the regular maintenance cost.

Improving resource efficiency

  • AERONAUTIC. MASTRO electric de-icing technology will enable manufacturers to use bleedless engines and the “More Electric Aircraft” architecture, which could help them to meet the emissions requirements set forth by ACARE. MASTRO proposition of developing self-curing components can lead up to 90% energy reduction and up to 60% of the total manufacturing time.
  • AUTOMOTIVE. Conventional manufacturing of automotive components often require temperatures of 140-180 °C, which is achieved by expensive and highly energy intensive autoclaves. By providing the required temperature in a homogeneous manner, the energy efficiency will be higher. Thus, MASTRO will contribute to resource efficiency by eliminating the need for large infrastructures and vacuum pumps, while reducing energy losses during heating, curing, etc. as there is no need to place the components inside an oven.
  • TRANSPORT NETWORK. Savings of 2/3 of the aggregates and bitumen would be possible. Currently, regular maintenance of 1km road consumes 4500 tn of asphalt concrete. MASTRO is expected to reduce this amount to 1500 tn/km.

Contributing to a future circular economy

  • AERONAUTIC. The combination of novel materials introduced in MASTRO and new designs will contribute to a further reduction of fuel consumption per passenger by more than 5%.
  • AUTOMOTIVE. MASTRO aims to develop new composite materials, which will have direct impact on resource utilization and lifespan of automotive parts, thus contributing to the circular economy.
  • TRANSPORT NETWORK. MASTRO project will utilize construction and demolition solid wastes, thus providing great opportunities for creating closed loop materials in a circular economy. Moreover, carbon fibers may be recycled and used as conductive filler in MASTRO smart components.

Improving understanding of materials properties based on theoretical materials models

New material models will allow numerical screening of properties thus improving our understanding in material sciences. By advancing nano- and micro-scale material models and utilizing them in industrial design is expected to result in a decrease of development time of 20% on products based on the piezoresistivity effect. Moreover, piezoresistivity will lead to a reduction on the structure’s cost by reducing the GRC oversizing design for preventive purposes (up to 10%) due to the improvement of the structure members design. This will be achieved through the application of models and controlled tests enabling the accurate prediction of failure in case of incidental stresses. Moreover, simulation software with embedded sensors will provide real-time simulation data, allowing predictive monitoring of field equipment and identifying anomalies or recommending preventive maintenance.

Enhancing the knowledge base in the EU not only at the R&D level but also at the manufacturing and production level, creating a highly skilled workforce with improved levels of job satisfaction

The maturity of MASTRO technologies is expected to reach TRL 6 from TRL4 and will make a significant advancement of the relevant knowledge base in the EU, not only at the R&D level but also at pilot demonstration level. Cooperation and training between high skilled and multidisciplinary partners of the  MASTRO consortium will focus on various sectors of applications. This interaction will contribute to Open Innovation principles of the EC and will be supported through the enhancement of consortium partner innovation capabilities, sharing research, and development efforts.

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