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Professor Brian Falzon
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Student in a flight simulator

The ICONIC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement.

It brings together leading academic and private sector participants to address the very important issue of improving crashworthiness in composite transportation structures. The project is coordinated by Queen’s University Belfast and involves nine beneficiaries and seven partner organisations from six European countries.

The central aim of ICONIC is to develop a critical mass of research and engineering leaders, with a world-leading capability in the design of lightweight aeronautical, automotive and rail transportation composite structures with superior crashworthiness. These challenges are addressed by bringing together 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an innovative, multiscale and multidisciplinary research and skills development programme that goes beyond the state-of-the-art.


Professor Brian G. Falzon is the Head of School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is the Director of the Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s and is internationally renowned for his work on the computational analysis, design, manufacture and testing of advanced composite aerostructures. Professor Falzon coordinates the ICONIC (Improving the Crashworthiness of Composite Transportation Structures) research project. ICONIC ultimately links back to energy efficiency as Europe’s aerospace, automotive, and rail industries increase their use of lightweight composite materials to meet targets set within the EU’s climate, energy and transport policies.

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