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MATRA- and FORMA- projects

MATRA is a three year project funded by the Academy of Finland. The project is a consortium of four groups from three different Universities. The objective of the project is to study the physics of elasticity, plasticity, and fracture mechanisms, including their dynamic aspects in highly disordered materials. The research has mainly been based on computer simulations but the results have been compared with analytical and experimental works as well.

FORMA -- project is a follow-up for TEKES Uudistuva Paperi -- research programme where computational methods were used to study the effects of structural disorder on damage and fracture of paper. Being concentrated on properties of disordered materials this programme is also closely related to MATRA program. FORMA is aimed to study experimentally the relations between formation type disorder and mechanical properties of machine made paper. FORMA project is carried out in close collaboration with Valmet Paper Machines, VTT Energy and KCL Paper Science Center.

Juha Merimaa