Non-metallic materials are increasingly used in the construction sector. While composites have been used for some time, with thousands of commercially available polymers (including renewable polymers) new applications of polymers in the construction sector are continuously emerging. An example are the new polymer-based rebars for reinforcement in concrete structures.
On the other hand, polymer concrete is used for new construction or repairing of old concrete. Recent progress has led to significant reductions in cost, and, thus, the use of polymer concrete is becoming more widespread.
Development of new numerical methods for analysis and predictive design of structures with new materials. Research in this field will be carried out through the following three RTD Groups of CIMNE.
A goal of the aeronautical industry, as specified in H2020, is the design of new aircrafts with improved features, namely: a) reduced energy consumption and less environmental impact, & b) increased safety of air transport. Addressing these challenges requires new engineering approaches and efficient NM for the optimal design of the aircrafts of the future.
Development of new numerical methods for: a) aerodynamic, aero-elastic & acoustic analysis of aircrafts, & b) Robust optimal design of aircraft structures with composite materials. Research in this field will be carried out mainly through the following RTD Groups of CIMNE:
There is a clear need for new ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AND FASTER SHIPS that can meet the challenges of an increasing and competitive demand of maritime transport. This progress can only be met by introducing light-weight materials in the ship design cycle, more efficient eco-fuels and new computational techniques for the optimal design of the ship structure.
The potential development of the polar regions requires new numerical methods to help naval architects in designing vessels and offshore structures that can operate in those regions.
Development of new numerical methods for: a) analysis of ships cruising in icy-waters and marine structures close to the polar regions (offshore platforms, wind towers, etc.) and b) Robust optimal design of ships with new materials. Research Challenge in this field will be carried out mainly through the following RTD Groups of CIMNE: