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Virtual Open Innovation Platform for active protective coatings guided by modelling and optimization


Project timeline
May 2021
48 months
April 2025
General Information
VIPCOAT will establish an ontology-based Open Innovation Platform for the development of inhibiting active protective coatings and corresponding accelerator tests for assessing their in-service durability. The aim is to assist engineers in the coating industry in developing coating materials and to advice accelerated test scenarios for their durability based on standardized simulation workflows. While VIPCOAT will initially target the aeronautic industry, the Open Innovation Platform will develop interoperable Apps, based on standardized ontologies as extensions of the European Materials Modelling Ontology, which will allow for cross industry fertilization. The main target for interoperability and even integration will be the emerging Open Translation Environments, Materials Modelling Market Place and Business Decision Support Systems currently being developed broadly in H2020-LEIT-NMBP projects. The Quadruple Helix Innovation Model will be used for the VIPCOAT project implementation, development and utilization. The open innovations process will be realized by active interrelations between manufacturing industry, universities and research institutions, local government and civil participants. Business decision will be based on a multi-criteria optimization approach to ensure more rapid and effective decision-making processes of selecting, designing and manufacturing of coating materials for active corrosion protection.
The VIPCOAT platform will open the door for new production concepts with reduced process steps, lower consumption of energy and reduced natural resource utilization (water, raw materials). Moreover, the modelling supported coating design and manufacturing process will promote the development of a green technology for protective coatings, thereby promoting cheap and efficient approaches for corrosion inhibition. The new alternative environment-friendly inhibitors will support health on manufacturing staff by improving the manufacturing working conditions.
Hereon is the VIPCOAT project coordinator. Hereon’s main scientific contributions to VIPCOAT include the development the machine learning modelling approach for the prediction best anticorrosion additives and design of an artificial intelligence- based workflow for active protection coating performance. Moreover, Hereon plays a key role in materials modelling translation and creation of domain specific ontologies to insure interoperability of the Open Innovation Platform.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-NMBP-TO-IND-2018-2020
Project TypeResearch & Innovation Action
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 952903
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Natalia Konchakova, Institute of Surface Science, Department of Interface Modeling, MOM, Phone: +49 4152 87 1963
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Airbus Deutschland GmbH (DE), Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes BV (NL), Delft University of Technology (NL), ELSYCA NV (BE), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (DE), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO), SINTEF OCEAN AS (NO), SMALLMATEK - Small Materials and Technologies LDA (PT), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), WIKKI Limited (UK)
VIPCOAT website
Last Update: 18. May 2021