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Multi-phase Lattice Materials

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Project "MULTILAT" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙499˙869 €
 EC max contribution 2˙499˙869 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

The integration of materials and architectural features at multiple scales into structural mechanics changed the way buildings were designed and gave us the Eiffel Tower, for example. This approach led to the development of computational design approaches used in modern day construction and it is believed that similar principles can be applied to the design and manufacture of new lattice-based microstructures. This vision, of fundamentally changing how materials are developed, is the inspiration behind this programme. A systematic procedure for generating multi-phase lattice materials - MULTILAT - will be developed by micro-architectural design, in order to fill gaps in material property space. New engineering devices and products frequently require materials with extreme properties, such as high strength and toughness at low density, and a systematic means of material invention is needed. This proposal breaks much ground in developing new fundamental concepts, ranging from micro-architectured surface coatings to inter-penetrating bulk lattices of dissimilar materials. Based on Fleck’s earlier work on the mechanics of foams and lattice materials, the unique and novel aspects of the proposed research are to design multi-phase lattice materials made from a wide range of materials, topologies and length scales. The focus will be on 2 inter-penetrating lattices, but the topology of each can range from 1D fibres, through 2D meshes to 3D lattices and foams. A focus will be lightweight strong and tough lattices, and surface lattices (as coatings). Examples from Nature will be used to develop fundamental concepts, ranging from the high toughness and ductility of the root of a tree branch, to the high toughness of human skin and underlying fat. The successful project will lay scientific foundations for new engineering devices and solutions that will improve our competitiveness and quality of life.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Simon Bettscheider, Tobias Kraus, Norman A. Fleck
On the geometric stability of an inorganic nanowire and an organic ligand shell
published pages: 3-19, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.07.017
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 123 2020-01-20
2018 Frederik Van Loock, Norman A. Fleck
Deformation and failure maps for PMMA in uniaxial tension
published pages: 259-268, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2018.06.027
Polymer 148 2020-01-20
2016 N.A. Fleck, J.R. Willis
The effective non-linear properties of a composite coating and a composite sandwich layer
published pages: 14-23, ISSN: 0997-7538, DOI: 10.1016/j.euromechsol.2016.02.006
European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids 59 2020-01-20
2017 N.A. Fleck, S.N. Khaderi, R.M. McMeeking, E. Arzt
Cohesive detachment of an elastic pillar from a dissimilar substrate
published pages: 30-43, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2017.01.001
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 101 2020-01-20
2018 Harika C. Tankasala, Vikram S. Deshpande, Norman A. Fleck
Notch sensitivity of orthotropic solids: interaction of tensile and shear damage zones
published pages: 123-142, ISSN: 0376-9429, DOI: 10.1007/s10704-018-0296-5
International Journal of Fracture 212/2 2020-01-20
2017 S.N. Khaderi, M.R.J. Scherer, C.E. Hall, U. Steiner, U. Ramamurty, N.A. Fleck, V.S. Deshpande
The indentation response of Nickel nano double gyroid lattices
published pages: 15-23, ISSN: 2352-4316, DOI: 10.1016/j.eml.2016.08.006
Extreme Mechanics Letters 10 2020-01-20
2017 Suman Guha, Vikram Deshpande, Norman Fleck
Flaw sensitivity in rate-sensitive high strength alloys: An assessment and future research directions
published pages: 70-77, ISSN: 2352-4316, DOI: 10.1016/j.eml.2016.11.002
Extreme Mechanics Letters 10 2020-01-20
2016 William Ronan, Vikram S. Deshpande, Norman A. Fleck
The tensile ductility of cellular Solids: The role of imperfections
published pages: 200-213, ISSN: 0020-7683, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.10.004
International Journal of Solids and Structures 102-103 2020-01-20
2018 Kenichi Nakanishi, Adrianus I. Aria, Matthew F. Berwind, Robert S. Weatherup, Christoph Eberl, Stephan Hofmann, Norman A. Fleck
Compressive behavior and failure mechanisms of freestanding and composite 3D graphitic foams
published pages: 187-196, ISSN: 1359-6454, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2018.08.012
Acta Materialia 159 2020-01-20
2018 J.C. Stallard, W. Tan, F.R. Smail, T.S. Gspann, A.M. Boies, N.A. Fleck
The mechanical and electrical properties of direct-spun carbon nanotube mats
published pages: 65-75, ISSN: 2352-4316, DOI: 10.1016/j.eml.2018.03.003
Extreme Mechanics Letters 21 2020-01-20
2019 Wei Tan, Joe C. Stallard, Fiona R. Smail, Adam M. Boies, Norman A. Fleck
The mechanical and electrical properties of direct-spun carbon nanotube mat-epoxy composites
published pages: , ISSN: 0008-6223, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2019.04.118
Carbon 2020-01-20
2019 P.E. Seiler, H.C. Tankasala, N.A. Fleck
The role of defects in dictating the strength of brittle honeycombs made by rapid prototyping
published pages: 190-200, ISSN: 1359-6454, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2019.03.036
Acta Materialia 171 2020-01-20
2019 Morad Mirzajanzadeh, Vikram S. Deshpande, Norman A. Fleck
Water rise in a cellulose foam: By capillary or diffusional flow?
published pages: 206-219, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.10.009
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 124 2020-01-20
2019 Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, Norman A. Fleck
Mode I crack tip fields: Strain gradient plasticity theory versus J2 flow theory
published pages: , ISSN: 0997-7538, DOI: 10.1016/j.euromechsol.2019.02.009
European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids 2020-01-20
2019 Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, Vikram S. Deshpande, Christian F. Niordson, Norman A. Fleck
The role of plastic strain gradients in the crack growth resistance of metals
published pages: 136-150, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2019.02.011
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 126 2020-01-20

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