On September 21, 2022 the annual project meeting of EASI-STRESS was held in Grenoble, France at the European Photon & Neutron Science Campus, hosted by ESRF - The European Synchrotron and ILL - Institut Laue Langevin. It was followed by a public workshop about residual stress analysis and industrial use of analytical research infrastructures (ARIs).
Both the internal and external meetings lead to lively and fruitful discussions about the progress in the project but also about the challenges the ARIs face in engaging with industry and providing professional and standardised service for industrial users.
The meeting highlighted key areas that we will explore - and that are actually generic for many large international R&D collaboration efforts:
• How do the partners transfer the joint results into individual value, e.g. improved wind turbines at Siemens Gamesa and more durable components in additive manufacturing at ArcelorMittal?
• How do we close the loop from abstract concepts, such as e.g. software architectures, to practical tools that can be implemented both at project partners and in the wider community?
• How do we build a community around the characterisation procedures, we are developing, which will enable an up-scaled societal impact?
The workshop finished with an exciting tour to selected instruments at both ESRF and ILL and further networking accompanied by wine and cheese.
Half way to the project, EASI-STRESS coordinator Nikolai Zangenberg (DTI) is optimistic:
“The meetings confirm that the project is in good shape and we can celebrate several accomplishments that make out a solid basis for creating industrial impact in the second half of the project.”
Picture : Instrument scientist Thilo Pirling explains strain measurements to the visitors at the example of a component provided by project member Nemak at the Strain Analyser for Engineering Applications (SALSA, ILL). (Photo courtesy of V. Guerard/ILL)