Momentum Success for NewRail

A recent proposal for a Marie Curie Research Training Network put together by Roberto Palacin has been approved by the European Commission. The project is entitled momentum - Multidisciplinary Research & Training on Composite Materials Applications in Transport Modes”. The project forms part of the Human Resources and Mobility Programme of the Commission’s Framework 6 activities.

momentum is to set up an effective and sustainable research platform for the study and development of innovative composite materials applications for the rail, aerospace, maritime and automotive transport modes. This will be done by using outstanding training based on a multidisciplinary approach and transfer of knowledge producing a new generation of researchers with unique skills.

momentum provides a response to an urgent need to train individuals in the critical aspects identified as the key future research areas for composites in transport. These critical aspects are modelling, design and structural simulation, crashworthiness, manufacturing, light-weighting, joining, recycling, repair, fire safety, and new material concepts.

The consortium is formed by 14 organisations of renowned international stature in 11 countries across Europe. These include academic teams as well as key members from the aerospace industry (EADS), rail (Alstom), automotive (Centre Ricerche Fiat) and maritime (VT Halmatic).

momentum will have 17 prestigious fellowships with a duration of 4 years from January 2006.

For more information on momentum, including available positions, please visit or contact momentum’s manager Roberto Palacín (

published on: 17th January 2006