Rina Consulting – Centro Sviluppo Materiali SPA (CSM SPA): CSM SPA (coordinator of this project) is a private company and leading centre for applied research founded in 1963 and located in Italy with headquarters in Rome. Its R&D activities mainly focus on the modelling and design of materials and products, the development of innovative pilot plants and reduction of environmental impact. In particular, CSM SPA has extensive experience on high temperature materials and on their analysis methodologies and testing. CSM SPA has also a large experience in the coordination of EU funded projects. CSM SPA possesses all facilities required to perform research activities within the QPINOX project i.e. vacuum induction melting for ingot production up to 80kg, hot/cold rolling pilot plant, different furnaces to perform heat treatments, standard optical metallographic facilities and image analysis, SEM and TEM with EDS, EBSD, X-ray diffraction, mechanical testing machines, welding laboratory with resistance spot welding, laser welding, MIG/MAG, as well as metallurgical modelling capabilities.
Lead Person: Dr. Ali Smith (QPINOX project coordinator) is a Senior Engineer at CSM SpA, working within the group Materials for Severe Applications.