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A multinational consortium

The FORGE consortium has a mix of partners including end users, University and research institutes and SMEs.



Founded in 1994 MBN Nanomaterialia ( is a producer of nanostructured powder materials trough a proprietary mechano-chemical synthesis process technology (Mechanomade®). With an installed industrial production capacity of more than 100 ton/range on 8 production plants, MBN is offering to the market innovative materials that are utilized in powder metallurgy, spraying and laser deposition processes. Typical output of the process is constituted by agglomerated powders in the micron-size range (i.e. 5-100μm) constituted by aggregates of nanocrystals and nanoparticles (i.e. <100nm). The powder materials produced find application in a number of manufacturing chains as, conventional and fast sintering, AM laser sintering and coating deposition

Involvement in the project:

MBN will coordinate the project as well as produce the newly developed CCMs powders by Mechanical Alloying as well as performing the High Velocity Air Fuel (HVAF) spray.

One of the leading companies of the Turkish cement industry, Çimsa was founded in 1972. Today, Çimsa continues its operation with 5 integrated plants in Mersin, Eskişehir, Kayseri, Niğde and Afyon, one grinding plant in Ankara, the Cement Packaging Plant at Marmara Rota Port and Malatya Cement Packaging Plant. Çimsa is among the top three global brands in white cement and an international cement manufacturer with terminals in Hamburg (Germany), Trieste (Italy), Seville (Spain), Alicante (Spain), Gazimagusa (TRNC), Constanza (Romania) and Novorossiysk (Russia).

Involvement in the project:

Çimsa will be involved as cement manufacturer and user in the testing of optimised CCA coatings for mechanical damage and high temperature applications as well as being involved in the definition of the testing environment and KPIs.

Established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with several facilities across the globe, TWI ( is one of Europe’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, employing 740 scientists, technologists, administrative and support staff world-wide (523 in the UK and Europe) and with annual (2017) group turnover of £60 million. TWI works across all industry sectors with expertise in key aspects of materials, materials joining, structural integrity, static and dynamic testing and Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE) and has representation on over 100 standards committees.

Involvement in the project:

TWI will be mainly involved in testing of CCM for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) systems, performing High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF), Cold Spray (CS) and Laser Cladding coating application processes of CCAs on different substrates and development of a smart coating system for online wear monitoring.

Tailorlux has been established in 2009 as a spinoff of the from the FH Münster (Münster university of applied sciences) and has since then established itself as renowned solution provider for concealed (invisible) marking of products and materials based on inorganic luminescent pigments (fluorescent particles, luminophores) and their detection with optical "key-lock sensors". The complementary sensor technology with the help of which these markings can be read and evaluated was also developed and optimized by Tailorlux in cooperation with external specialists.

Involvement in the project:

Tailorlux will lead the work on rare earth oxide chemistry development and design and manufacture of the spectrometric sensor.

As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. EMPA’s R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas. As a result, EMPA is capable of providing its partners with customised solutions that not only enhance their innovative edge and competitiveness, but also help to improve the quality of life for the public at large. Through an efficient technology transfer EMPA is turning research results into marketable innovations: EMPA – The Place where Innovation Starts

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EMPA will deposit combinatorial thin films using Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) as well as performing in-depth micro-mechanical and microstructural material analysis.

Founded in Gebze in 1990, ASAS is one of the most remarkable industrial enterprises in Turkey with its 5 state‐ of‐the‐art production facilities in Akyazı, Sakarya region and over 2000 employees and export to over 80 countries. Based on its stable financial growth trend since its establishment in 1990, ASAS was listed No 62 out of Top 500 companies in ISO 500 Turkey in 2018 which turnover is 555 mio. dollars and became one of the leading manufacturers in Europe. ASAS generates solutions and adds value to all sectors where it operates, thanks to its innovative products, technology, R&D Center which is a first and only in its sector, and its services. ASAŞ provides services for its clients at its Aluminium Profile, Composite Panel, Aluminium Flat Rolled Product, PVC Profile and Roller Shutter production facilities, which are located in a total of 900.000 m² area, of which 400.000 m², is enclosed, in Akyazı and Karapürçek complex.

Involvement in the project:

ASAS will perform validation of the developed coatings in application for wear mitigation in the aluminium manufacturing industry.

The mission of MPIE is to conduct advanced materials research, especially on nanostructured metallic materials. MPIE is primarily financed by Max Planck Society and has a second partner – the Steel Institute VDEh. Through this public-private partnership MPIE carries out both fundamental research and considers the applications and commercial relevance of the developed materials.

Involvement in the project:

MPIE will be involved in the CCA design work package, via the use of CALPHAD method as well as testing for H2 embrittlement for both equilibrium systems and coatings.

The Ceramic Industry Research Association (ITC-AICE) is a Private non-profit Research Institute recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as Technology Centre by Royal Decree 2093/2008. ITC-AICE is committed to providing solid support for ceramic sector in the defence and enhancement of their strategic positioning in the current global context, principally through innovation-enabling research and development actions, but also through whatever activities might serve to foster the competitiveness and growth of the sector, always based on sustainability criteria and commitment to societal well-being.

Involvement in the project:

ITC will be involved as ceramic manufacturer and user in the testing of optimised CCC coatings for resistance to high temperature as well as being involved in the definition of the testing environment and KPIs.

OCAS (OnderzoeksCentrum voor de Aanwending van Staal - in English: Research Centre for the Application of Steel) is an advanced, market-oriented research centre providing steel and metal-based products, services and solutions to metal processing companies worldwide. Within ArcelorMittal, OCAS/ARCM is as such in charge of R&D projects within the market of general industry for flat carbon steel. 90% of ARCM’s R&D activities are linked to 3 key themes: energy, environment and the durability of materials. ARCM develops new steel grades and coatings for the following markets: energy pipes and tubular products, heavy plates, white, brown, yellow and green goods, appliances, metal processing and construction

Involvement in the project:

ARC will be involved both in the CCA design, testing for wear and H2 embrittlement, and as a steel manufacturer end user in the final stage of the project

The Fraunhofer Center for High Temperature Materials and Design (Fraunhofer) in Bayreuth, Germany, is part of the Fraunhofer society, which is the largest organization for application-oriented research in Europe with 26.500 employees in 72 institutes. Fraunhofer designs energy-efficient heating processes and thus contributes to the sustainable technological progress of society. It develops high-temperature materials, high-temperature components and high-temperature measuring methods, thereby optimizing thermal processes. Fraunhoferworks with systematic methods on a high scientific-technical level. The primary goal is the implementation of its developments in the industry.

Involvement in the project:

Fraunhofer will be leading the work package on the development of CCC materials for high temperature applications in the ceramic industry.

AeonX AI is a Paris based service and consultancy startup with main offering on machine leaning/deep learning solutions in various domains. AeonX AI is a transformation from our earlier startup Infinet, which was focused on deep learning on medical image analysis. We provide more general solutions and services using machine/deep learning in the domains of data analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Semantic Search (SS), Image Recognition (IR), as well as distributed computing solutions for machine learning

Involvement in the project:

Aeonx will develop a Machine Learning (ML) and Genetic Algorithm (GA) search algorithm to discover CCA and CCC compositions.

Technovative Solutions is an UK based SME with deep expertise in developing knowledge-based solution for engineering processes. We also develop tools for process automation, decision support system, life-cycle analysis and life-cost analysis.

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TVS will develop FORGE identify SOA of materials and coatings used in critical components of energy intensive industries, and their operational limitations regarding the handling of aggressive environments, identify fail points in energy intensive industries.

The University of Leicester is in the top 200 universities worldwide. Its strategy is marked by a belief in the synergy of research and teaching. With over 23,000 students and 3,800 staff, including over 1,200 active researchers, we believe a university should empower, inspire and innovate. The College of Science and Engineering in the University has been a centre of excellence for materials research and computational modelling which span two College Research Themes: Materials and Computational Modelling. Materials Research is a strategic direction of the College. Currently materials engineering and modelling delivers over 5-million-pound portfolio of projects.

Involvement in the project:

ULEIC will help producing and characterising arc melted specimens and perform CALPHAD calculations during the CCA design phase.