The project is being carried out as part of the 7th Framework Program of the European Union involving nearly 30 European organizations –universities, research institutions and industrial corporations with research departments (Fiat, Siemens, Volvo, Avio-group and others). The grantee is the European Space Agency. Tomsk State University is the only Russian member of the project. Tomsk physicists have long been collaborating with European colleagues and were invited to take part in the program as leading specialists in the development of new materials with increased strength.
The main objective of the ExoMet project is to develop new processing of liquid metals using external fields. These technologies will fundamentally change the approach to the control of the microstructure of metal alloys and composites.
As part of the project, the scientific team led by Professor Alexander Vorozhtsov of TSU’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering is developing the technology of nanopowders with desired properties to be used as additives to increase the strength of materials. Also, scientists are engaged in the testing and certification in accordance with European standards. Work on the project began in June 2012 and will continue for four years.
Wim Sillekens, the chief manager of the project, and Dmitriy Eskin, a professor from Brunel University (another member of the project), met with the TSU management and Professor Vorozhtsov’s research group during their visit, and discussed the scientific results, problems and prospects for development with them. During the visit, they also visited TSU’s laboratories and pilot plants, and the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science.
Also, during the visit, Dmitry Eskin held a lecture-seminar on “Fundamental aspects of the synthesis of metal matrix aluminum nanocomposites and investigation of their characteristics” for the students and staff of the university.