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PerforMat – Materials Performance Competence Spearhead

PerforMat is an ambitious initiative to advance Materials Genome Initiative in Finland. It focuses on advanced materials, targeting their optimized use and performance as a part of engineering systems crucial for Finnish export. For this, PerforMat partnership network i) brings together key stakeholders along the development value chain of advanced materials: new ultrahigh-strength steels and novel thin films and coatings, and their use in critical components of modern industrial systems; ii) collaboratively produces the research data needed to close the performance feedback loop; iii) boosts competitiveness of Finnish industry by accelerating materials development for high-performance industrial applications by integrating experimental research, computational modelling and data informatics, iv) demonstrates the performance gain, and v) creates practices for sharing research infrastructure, data and virtual tools to enhance the transparency of science and exploitation of results.

The research partners in the network are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Tampere University and University of Oulu, all being active players in regional and national competence centres as well as in international scientific community. The partners of the business sector represent all key sectors in Finnish export, covering the entire value chain from materials development to their use as a part of engineering systems, and involving large companies, SMEs and associations. The research basis of the PerforMat partnership network is in the Materials Genome Initiative approach that is integrating experimental research, computational modelling and data informatics, for accelerating the introduction of new advanced materials in real applications to improve materials performance under demanding conditions. By doing so, the network will improve the competitiveness of companies through lengthened component lifetimes, planned maintenance intervals, lowered energy costs and reduced CO2 emissions. The network will be an important step towards a data economy in the field of materials performance.

PerforMat Materials Performance Competence Spearhead (presentation slides, pdf)