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Greener and Safer Energetic and Ballistic Systems
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Energetic and ballistic systems (EBS) include all the applications of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics), propulsion systems using energetic materials (EM) or compressed gases and ballistic protective systems. EBSs are widely used in extractive industry, automotive safety, space but mostly in security and defense sectors. In the context of harsher European environmental legislation and global concern related to environmental impact and safety in manufacture, use and disposal of EBSs, technological innovations have reshaped the strategy of developers, industry and beneficiaries from the entire spectrum. Given the fact that EU faces difficult economic times and a lot of EBS production/use capacities have been decreased, relocated or closed due to the environmental legislation or safety issues, the concrete aim of the project will be to provide an Intensive Study Programme for MSc and PhD students coming from four prestigious HEIs across Europe: University of Coimbra; Ecole Nationale Superieure De Techniques Avancees Bretagne – Brest; Imperial College Of Science, Technology And Medicine - London and Military Technical Academy – Bucharest, as program coordinator. The IP will address the latest approaches and concepts in the field of greener and safer EBSs, using ICT tools and Open Educational Resources. This will include a wide range of multi and inter-disciplinary lectures in the following areas: Environmental impact of EBSs; Greener EM and their applications; Insensitive EM and their applications; Materials and techniques for ballistic protection (projectile, blast and shock effects mitigation); ICT tools for modeling and simulation of EBSs and protective equipment; Environmental and toxicology Life-Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) of EBSs including the use of ICT tools. The main target group of the IPs comprises 60 (2x30/IP) students from MSc (BAC + 4 years higher education graduate students) and PhD study programmes related to EBS subject, from the partner universities. A broader target group will be addressed by the dissemination activity, especially by the conferences to be organized after each IP. This group includes at least 100 young teachers, researchers, specialists from industry and governmental organizations, active in the field of EBS. The main activities of the project will consist in: 2x10 days intensive study programmes (one IP/year, during two years); 2 multiplier events (one international conference/year, during two years and one international workshop) that will bring together a minimum of 100 participants/event, national and transnational specialists from the academia, industry, research institutes, and governmental organizations; 4 transnational project meetings and numerous dissemination activities. The main beneficiaries of the IPs will be the participating students. They will have the chance to acquire knowledge and skills in the area of greener and safer EBS under the coordination and supervision of renowned European teachers and researchers. These knowledge and skills gained in cutting edge technologies during an Intensive Study Programme will provide decisive competitiveness in the EBS industry and related governmental positions. The students will have the chance of gaining experience of working in international environment. The teachers will also benefit through the exchange of ideas and best practice in the area of EBSs. The interdisciplinary approach of the IPs will provide to the teachers and students a wider perspective over the field of greener and safer EBSs, and will enhance their skills in the area of didactical and pedagogical methods. The IPs will facilitate further development of partnerships in the field of teacher and student mobility between the partner universities. The nature of the lectures and the broad spectrum of teachers will provide new links and opportunities for new joint degree study programs. Besides the lectures taught during the IPs, the presentations and papers disseminated through the conferences, website, proceedings, brochures etc., will contribute to the education of numerous (more than 100) specialists from industry, government, academia, and research area. The implementation of the IPs will increase the level of cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation by the involvement of students and teachers from four countries. It will also provide to all the participants experience and new skills in the field of management and coordination of international cooperation projects. By implementing this IP the administrative structures of the partner universities will improve their experience regarding the management of Community Programmes. The staff involved in the project management will gain experience in organizing transnational and intercultural processes, methodologies and events, increasing their skills in development and implementation of EU programs.
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