METAVISION (METAmaterials for VIbration and Sound reductION) aims to reconcile two conflicting trends. On the one hand, people become increasingly aware of the negative health impact of excessive noise and vibration exposure. On the other hand, every kilogram of mass removed from the logistics chain has a direct economic and ecological benefit. Current noise and vibration solutions, however, still typically require too much mass or volume to be practically feasible, particularly for lower frequencies. Hence, there is a strong need for low mass, compact material solutions with excellent noise and vibration characteristics, for which recently emerged so-called metamaterials have shown immense potential.
The overarching goal of METAVISION is to provide high-quality training on these innovative lightweight noise and vibration solutions to a new generation of high achieving doctoral candidates and to provide them with the scientific and transferable skills needed for successful careers in this increasingly key area which brings together scientific, technological, and societal challenges. This will be achieved by combining a research programme which aims to (i) develop novel design and analysis methods in view of broadening the performance and applicability of metamaterials, (ii) revolutionize the manufacturing of metamaterials towards large-scale and versatile solutions and (iii) advance academically proven metamaterial concepts towards industrially relevant applications, with an interdisciplinary training programme composed of scientific and transferable skill courses and intersectoral and international secondments. Both programmes are brought together in unique industrial demonstrator projects.
The METAVISION consortium gathers universities, research institutes and small- and large-scale industry from manufacturing, construction, transportation, and machine design sectors with the relevant expertise to create the coordinated research environment needed to bring metamaterials from academic concepts to large-scale manufactu- rable and industrially applicable noise and vibration solutions, paving the way towards a quieter and greener Europe