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Integrated Open Access Materials Modelling Innovation Platform for Europe


Project timeline
February 2021
48 months
January 2025
General Information
OpenModel provides an integrated open access material modelling platform designed to be easily integrated with, and usable by, any existing and future EU platforms, e.g., Open Translation Environments (OTE), Materials Modelling Market Places (MMMP), Innovation Test Beds (ITB), and Business Decision Support Systems (BDSS). Furthermore, OpenModel integrates with Life Cycle Analysis as well as the "plug and produce". It considers characterization open innovation environments to enable better integration of characterization and processing data into materials modelling workflows. The OpenModel platform directly addresses the needs of industry for creating and executing standardised advanced materials modelling workflows by offering 5 main ingredients:
1) EMMO based ontology extensions as basis for all developments;
2) an Interoperability layer providing an implementation in a semantic manner;
3) an Open Simulation Platform based on standardised interfaces and semantic common application programming interfaces (API), to enable integration of third party physics based modelling codes;
4) Smart workflow builders that respond to semantic information and requirements and create on the fly advanced workflows taking into account Key Business and Technical Performance Indicators (KPI);
5) workflow executors and curators able to perform and manage the results making it readily and transparently available for further control and processing by other platforms.
OpenModel targets multiple use cases and materials with their processing in the fields of environment, aviation and automotive industry. The scope is generic and can thus address all materials modelling, processing and characterization fields. It will become the platform for materials modelling services in Europe.
Hereon will address workflow assessment, evaluation, verification and execution testing as well as contribute to three use-case implementations dedicated to structural and functional materials. Additionally, Hereon is responsible for training activities.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-NMBP-TO-IND-2018-2020
Project TypeResearch & Innovation Action
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 953167
Co-ordinatorFraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (DE)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Daniel Höche, Dr. Sven Berger, Institute of Surface Science, Department of Interface Modelling, MOM, Phone: +49 4152 87 1914
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Alma Mater Studiorum - Università die Bologna (IT), Applied Materials Italia SRL (IT), Comutational Modelling Cambridge Limited (UK), Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (IT), DCS Computing GmbH (AT), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (CH), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (DE), Goldbeck Consulting Limited (UK), Innovation in Research & Engineering Solutions (BE), Norsk Hydro ASA (NO), Siemens Industry Software NV (BE), SINTEF (NO), TOYOTA Motor Europe NV (BE), University College London (UK)
OpenModel website
Last Update: 09. November 2021