In 2010, the Member States of the European Union endorsed the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. All European policies must participate in this strategy, with a budget of €960 billion for the period 2014-2020.
For greater efficiency, the European Union has assigned three of its policies to the Member States:
- Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion Policy,
- Rural Development Policy,
- Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Policy.
These three policies are financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESFI). Among them, the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), which are instruments of European policy, and intended to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union by supporting the balanced development of its regions.
IMT Mines Albi currently conducts 3 projects, developed by 3 laboratories.
ALMINCO : Additive Layer Manufacturing for Nickel Based Superalloy INCO718LC
The project focuses on the expertise of the laser fusion process of powder coating for nickel-based superalloys, taking into account:
- Powder specificities
- Control of the manufacturing process requirements of the machine
- Optimization of part quality and productivity
- Heat treatments
- Microstructural investigations and analyses (material, health, precipitates,...) of the untreated and heat-treated state
- Investigations on the behaviour, properties and mechanical resistance (traction and fatigue) under cold and/or hot conditions
- Specimen manufacture on IMT Mines Albi's SLM Solution 125HL Machine (MIMAUSA platform) in addition to comparative investigations between different machines
- Production of demonstrators
The objective in this project is to control the quality and final performance of nickel-based superalloy parts manufactured by advanced laser fusion technology on metal powder coating. The project aims to achieve overall qualification of the process and operational properties in order to manufacture parts that comply with Prismadd's partners' requirements and regulations.
Professeur IMT Mines Albi
Institut Clément Ader
Projet FASTE2 - EASYNOV
The objective of the FASTE2 project (advanced forming of economic titanium 2) is to continue the R&T developments of the infrared superplastic forming process (SPF-IR technology). The maturing of SPF-IR technology will significantly reduce cycle times and therefore the cost of the SPF process, particularly when producing aeronautical parts.
The main aspects addressed in the project concern:
regulation by advanced digital methodologies of heating and shaping equipment by SPF-IR,
the instrumentation of SPF-IR tools,
the consideration of specificities in the thermomechanical behaviour of materials shaped by SPF-IR,
the characterization of superplastic materials for shaping by SPF-IR.
Validation and demonstration tests are planned as part of the project.
Project duration: 2.5 years
Start date: 01/01/2016
Amount of ERDF grant (Easynov) awarded: €157 033
Professeur IMT Mines Albi
Institut Clément ADER / UMR CNRS 5312
The European Union is funding research on the formulation of an active complex composed of kefirated leaves of Toulouse violets (produced by the SYMBIOTEC laboratory and the Jardins d'Elen) and Naticol® (fish collagen peptides produced by WEISHARDT) for the prevention of insulin resistance and obesity.
This multidisciplinary project, by following the research priorities specific to overweight/obese populations, is also directly in line with the concerns of the National Nutrition and Health Programme (PNNS). It provides a preventive response to the fight against overweight and associated disorders (high blood sugar, high cholesterol, etc.).
The "Violette/Naticol®" complex will be evaluated in the prevention of insulin resistance and obesity, based on mouse models and an exploratory study on humans. Weight monitoring will be studied from the perspective of the microbiota and energy metabolism. The final objective of NATIOLETTE is to develop functional drinks from the active complex composed of kefirated leaves of Toulouse violets and Naticol®, fish collagen peptides.
Duration of the project: 2 years
Start date: november 2015
Amount of ERDF grant allocated: €84 745
- Groupe industriel WEISHARDT (project leader)
- Laboratoire SYMBIOTEC
- Jardins d’Elen
- Centre RAPSODEE UMR CNRS 5302 – IMT Mines Albi
- Institut des maladies métaboliques et cardiovasculaires INSERM, Adipocyte Secretions, Obesity & Associated Pathologies Team (I2MC, U1048)
Maria Inês Ré
Directrice de recherche - IMT Mines Albi
Centre RAPSODEE UMR CNRS 5302