In order to truly investigate and introduce new radical solutions for aeronautic repairs using Cold Spray technology, the CORSAIR project considers a holistic approach regarding process modeling, implementation of equipment, optimization of processes and materials, as well as technological transfer. Complexity is therefore unavoidable and a thorough and effective management strategy is necessary for a healthy project development. While a WP is solely dedicated on this purpose, the overall organization of the consortium in both internal and extrovert activities is required.
The Project Coordinator is sustained by a Project Steering Committee (PSC), a Dissemination and an Exploitation Manager. Additionally, the CORSAIR consortium is divided into three technical teams, each one focusing on a key area regarding Cold Spray technology.
The Project Steering Committee (PSC) was elected during the Kick-off Meeting. It is being composed by at least one delegate from each partner, representatives from the industry and it is chaired by the Project Coordinator. The PSC coordinates the sharing of RTD advances, results and critical aspects, as the collection of feedbacks by each partner and team. This activity is fundamental for the optimal development of the project. Furthermore, PSC is responsible for the sustainability management of the project research, by devoting and tailoring the CORSAIR results for aeronautical needs and applications. The PSC is also responsible for steering the project and monitoring progress against milestones.
A contact person, namely the Team Leader, is assigned to each technical team. The Team Leader is responsible for the development of activities, the communication and the collaboration with the PSC.
The interaction and communication tools involve physical or e-meetings, aiming to share experiences, results, comments and suggestions. Two different interaction levels are distinguished, as reported schematically in figure below:
- the “in” team development: The “in” team development is composed by a representative person of each partner involved in the specific team. The role of “in” team development is to organize the operative work, collecting experimental data and discussing the technical results in order to point out opportunities and suggestions for the “inter” team
- the “inter” team development: The “inter” team development is a branch of PSC and it is composed by the project coordinator and by the 3 team leaders, while further participants may be invited depending on the needs of each meeting. The role of the “inter” team development tables is to summarize all technical results and to define the general trends in research and work development, update the workplan taking into account critical aspects, interactions, trends and exploitation opportunities. Decisions and workplans will be transmitted to the “in” team development by the Team Leader.
The Team Leaders are members of the PSC and they also coordinate communication between the “in” and the “inter” teams.
The role of aeronautic companies and their participation in PSC is fundamental for the entire CORSAIR duration. Their involvement drives the technological development of the CORSAIR research towards maximizing the alignment between the scientific and the technological development, in order to enhance the impact of the obtained results.
Aeronautic companies also supervise and validate that repair procedures are being prepared according to currently employed standards in aeronautics, as well as technical performances of the repair processes, in order to drive the work of the 3 project teams in the repairing methodology.