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Contact: James Goddin, Collaborative Projects Manager
Granta is currently involved in the following collaborative projects.
Consortium collaborations & Granta projects
Granta consortia are industry collaborations that help to ensure our software solutions meet the needs of engineering enterprises. Members get formal input to Granta development plans as well as benefits of networking and early access to technology. They are:
The Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC)—focused on best practice materials data management for aerospace, defense, and energy.
The Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium—helping engineering enterprises to address environmental objectives and regulations during design.
Granta also runs a project on Material and Process Cost Analysis, which develops technology to assist with visualizing and analyzing the cost implications of candidate materials in new product development and new market analysis. More »
AMAZE (a European Union FP7 project)
The overarching goal of the Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products (AMAZE) project is to rapidly produce large defect-free additively-manufactured (AM) metallic components up to 2 metres in size, ideally with close to zero waste, for use in the following high-tech sectors namely: aeronautics, space, automotive, nuclear fusion and tooling. The team comprises 31 partners: 21 from industry, 8 from academia and 2 from intergovernmental agencies. This represent the largest and most ambitious team ever assembled on this topic.
NanoMicro (a European Union FP7 project)
The NanoMicro project aims to provide manufacturing industry with an entirely nano-micro-manufacturing platform, by way of a new micron-scale resolution and an innovative direct parallel-deposition process. The process will be able to deliver a layer-wise manufacturing approach using highly focalized powder/heat fluxes. Granta is undertaking materials design and selection activities for the project partners, balancing ecological materials selection criteria with product cost.
ResCom (a European Union FP7 project)
The main objective of the "Resource Conservative Manufacturing" (ResCoM) project is to develop an innovative framework and a collaborative software platform for the industrial implementation of closed-loop manufacturing systems. To support the pilot operations, the ResCoM consortium will develop a software platform consisting of a closed-loop product lifecycle management module coupled with a materials information module. The platform will help guide design decisions by illustrating the benefits of closed loop product design in terms of resource efficiency, CO2 production and energy use, and will provide business metrics such as lifecycle cost estimates, rapid identification of critical materials, product specific and remanufacturing considerations and legislative requirements.
Circular Economy Metrics (LIFE+)
Working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this project aims to demonstrate that the concept of a ‘circular economy’ offers a practical alternative to the linear approach. It will do this by trialing a Company level and Product Level Circularity Metric for measuring the performance of enterprises and product in the context of the circular economy.
A European Nanotechnologies Project that aims to provide industry with a new platform for manufacturing nano-materials and structures using a high productivity, high resolution, direct, one step laser sintering process. Granta helps to manage materials data relating to the project and to model the behavior of micro-managed materials. Granta would also like to acknowledge funding from this project that helped with initial development work on the Hybrid Synthesizer product. Manudirect is EU project contract no NMP2-CT-2006-026467.
G.EN.ESI (a European Union FP7 project)
This project aims to develop an eco-design methodology and a related software design tool able to help product designers in ecological design choices, without losing sight of cost and typical practicalities of industry. The software platform will propose a guided process towards eco-design among several design choices based on the different scenarios of product lifecycle. The proposed approach will be applied to the household appliance field but it can be easily extended to other mechatronic products. The project started in February 2012 and will continue until January 2015.
Step-Up (a European Union FP7 project)
"Step Up in Polymer Based Rapid Manufacturing Processes" aims to provide a wide variety of innovative Selective Laser Sintering systems to enable the creation of "final components" through the employment of innovative nano-charged polymers. A mechano-chemical approach is used for the development of these innovative nanocomposites. Granta is undertaking materials eco-design and selection activities and collaborating on SLS materials data modeling, as well as providing materials data handling for the project partners.
Supersonic (a European Union FP7 project)
The basic scientific and technological aim of the Supersonic project is the generation of nanostructured coatings. A powerful new deposition technology (Cold Gas Spray) is being adopted to generate innovative multifunctional "reactive" nanophased powders, allowing their transfer onto the substrate in the form of coatings with very little or no change of crystal structure and properties. Granta is undertaking the materials eco-design and selection activities for the project and building a database for nano-deposited coatings.
Accelerated Metallurgy (a European Union FP7 project)
Recently referred to as the 'Human Genome Project of Alloys', Accelerated Metallurgy aims to provide a rapid and systematic way of producing and testing the properties of previously untried alloy combinations. Combining the latest technologies with advanced computer modelling, the 'virtual alloy library' will quickly highlight the most promising new materials. These will be taken on for further laboratory assessment. The accelerated discovery of these alloy formulations will soon be providing industrial solutions with huge benefits for society.
The Samulet industry-academic collaborative programme is led by Rolls-Royce and involves other high-profile manufacturers, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and several of the UK’s top universities. Funding from industry, the UK Technology Strategy Board and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is expected to total £90m. SAMULET aims to ensure that the aero-engine industry remains competitive in the face of new 2020 emissions targets for aircraft and that it is in a position to manufacture engines for the next generation of civil aircraft. Granta are providing materials eco-design and selection activities.
Granta materials database technology supports the MI-21 project. Metals Information for the 21st Century (MI-21) is an information service that brings together, online, key data from the comprehensive knowledge bases of the World Metal Index (WMI) and TWI (The Welding Institute). This combination provides a powerful resource for information on metallic materials and consumables used in the manufacturing industry.
The MI-21 data is also accessible as a data module within GRANTA MI. More »
Initiated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MatML (Materials Markup Language) is a standard for electronic exchange of materials property information. It is based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language) principles. Granta participates in the MatML Coordination Committee whichs steers the project.