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An Innovative Method for Improving the Structural Integrity using SMA Revolutionary Technology

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "InnoSMART" data sheet

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Organization address
address: College Road
postcode: MK43 0AL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙995˙113 €
 EC max contribution 1˙995˙113 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.2.1. (FET Open)
 Code Call H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2018-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON EL (IOANNINA) participant 534˙750.00
4    EXIS INNOVATION LTD UK (HITCHIN) participant 391˙250.00


 Project objective

The project proposes to develop a revolutionary coating that will be able to alter and control the mechanical properties of materials by external stimuli. This novel coating will be able to contribute to the stiffness and rigidity of an elastic metallic structure, to withstand the expected loading conditions safely, to enhance the integrity of a damaged structure and at the same time to protect it from corrosion. Such coating can bring multiple breakthroughs from the design level to the maintenance and repair level of the structure. The innovative compounds of the proposed coating are elements of smart materials - Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs). SMA elements are designed materials that have one or more properties that can be significantly changed in a controlled fashion by external stimuli. They can sense temperatures or stress as a function of change in damping, stiffness, electrical resistivity and deflection. It is specifically the latter aspect, which makes SMAs highly interesting for the particular application, since it is the actuation function built into the material. The innovative concept of the coating is described briefly as follows: upon mechanical loading the structure and hence the coating are deformed together as a system. However, by heating the coating, the SMA elements tend to recover their experienced deformations and return to their original shape. At this point, shear forces will be developed to the interface between coating and structure. The developed shear forces are expected to mitigate the deformation of the structure and reduce the level of the stress field. The latter is a great benefit for the regions, where cracks exist, since the local reduction of the stress field will delay the crack propagation and hence the structural failure. Finally, the coating will be also followed by a system that will ensure a satisfactory cover of the metallic surface, as well as a module for assessing the effect of any structural defects that may exist.


List of deliverables.
State of the art of materials, technologies and systems/Appropriate FE software Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:17:34
Selection methodology of operators involved in the field tests Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:57:01
Templates of project related information sheets and consent forms Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:56:59
Website and technical brochure development Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-30 18:56:58
Selection of appropriate FE software for the analyses Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:57:00
Health and safety-, data management- and personal data- /procedure Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:56:59

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of InnoSMART deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 D.A. Exarchos, P.T. Dalla, I.K. Tragazikis, K.G. Dassios, C. De Crescenzo, D. Karatza, D. Musmarra, S. Chianese, T.E. Matikas
SMA-Coated Aluminium Structural Elements with Enhanced-Thermo-Mechanical Performance
published pages: 146-167, ISSN: 0963-6935, DOI:
Advanced Composites Letters Vol. 27, Iss. 4, 2018 2019-04-18
2018 Dimitrios Exarchos, Panagiota Dalla, Ilias Tragazikis, Konstantinos Dassios, Nikolaos Zafeiropoulos, Maria Karabela, Carmen De Crescenzo, Despina Karatza, Dino Musmarra, Simeone Chianese, Theodore Matikas
Development and Characterization of High Performance Shape Memory Alloy Coatings for Structural Aerospace Applications
published pages: 832, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11050832
Materials 11/5 2019-04-03
2018 Carmen De Crescenzo, Despina Karatza, Dino Musmarra, Simeone Chianese, Theocharis Baxevanis, Panagiota T. Dalla, Dimitrios A. Exarchos, Konstantinos G. Dassios, Theodore E. Matikas
Ni-Ti Shape Memory Alloy Coatings for Structural Applications: Optimization of HVOF Spraying Parameters
published pages: 1-10, ISSN: 1687-8434, DOI: 10.1155/2018/7867302
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 2018 2019-04-03

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