Professor Aude Simar’s team at the Université catholique de Louvain are using friction stir processing to enhance the durability of high strength aluminium alloys.
Materials impact the environment, society, and economy. It is thus no coincidence that ‘advanced materials’ and ‘advanced manufacturing’ are considered to be two of the six broad Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that the European Commission has prioritised for research support. In terms of market budget, 64% of private sector research involves advanced manufacturing, and 32 million jobs (in 2019) in Europe. This represents one in 10 of all companies involved in non ﬁnancial business in Europe.