WP1: Project management, knowledge management, communication and dissemination

Description: Scientific and Administrative Management of the INAPEM exchange program will contribute to the success of our project. Its efficiency assures global quality, timely finalization of the deliverables, mobility continuity and reports, and transparency towards the European Commission and project partners.

The management duet will coordinate the INAPEM exchange program with a management board that will keep track of participants’ mobility and networking activities and a Scientific Committee that will supervise joint research activities and PhD co‐advising. The management of the project is led by Dr. Naiara Elejalde (BCM) on the financial part, as well as on the coordination area and the BCM staff for the dissemination and publicity. The website will be hosted by BCM.

Lider: BCM PDF
WP2: Novel combinatorial techniques for the search of new permanent magnet phases Description: Combinatorial and high-throughput (CHT) materials science techniques represent a powerful approach to rapidly screen new compounds and accelerate materials development. CHT methods are based on: i) fabrication of materials libraries (multi-element compositional spreads), ii) high-throughput and spatially resolved characterization techniques, and iii) data analysis/mining for processing high volume data. CHT methods reduce the cost and time of materials Research & Development, effectively addressing the pressing issues arising on materials science. Lider: NCRS PDF
WP3: Modification of microstructure by grain boundary engineering Description: Production, and optimization of amorphous or nanocrystalline and unidirectional permanent magnets will be developed in this WP. Finding a viable and cheaper methodology to fabricate high energy PM in systems with reduced rare-earth elements (as the case of Nd10Fe84B6) and free-rare-earth systems (as Mn-Al-(C) alloys) will be the main focus. Fabrication of new magnetic phases found in WP2 will be also developed in this WP. The main aim of this WP is the microstructural modification of PM by means of a diffusion of a soft magnetic phase between small grains of a hard phase, this allows the pinning of magnetic domain walls causing the coercivity enhancement on PM and therefore, the maximum energy product. Lider:BCM PDF
WP4: Processing material for obtaining the permanent magnets Description: After exploring new magnetic phases or phases with reduced rare earth content (WP2), after having obtained an enhancement in the coercive field and have induced texturing in samples of high energy PM (WP3), we must proceed to define the path for the accomplishment of permanent magnets for industry. Lider: TUDA PDF
WP5: Magnetic and microstructural characterization of samples and PMs Description: This is the most important WP to interconnect the others in INAPEM project. From the first amorphous alloys to the production of a permanent magnet in this project, a continuous check of physical properties of the resulting materials is required at each stage. As useful technique, hysteresis loops at room temperature will show us the hard magnetic character of PM studied in WP2&3&4 in a fast track. Multiples techniques will be used during the execution of this project to develop a complete research of PM. Lider: UPV/EHU PDF
WP6: Industrial Applications and Transfer of Knowledge. Lider: AMEN PDF