Cost 501, third round


  • Dr. Florian Schubert

    1. Institute for Materials in Energy Systems Research Center Jülich (KFA) P.O. Box 19 13, D-52425 Jülich (Germany)
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    • Florian Schubert studied metalphysics, obtaining his Diploma in 1968 from the University of the Saarland and a Ph.D. in 1974 from the Technical University qf Aachen, for work on creep in superalloys. From 1968 to 1978 he worked in industrial R & D with Thyssen before habilitating in 1989 and moving to the Jülich Research Center, where he is now head of the division “Metallic Structural Materials for Energy Systems”. His interests include creep and hot gas corrosion, multiaxial creep, and high-temperature fracture mechanics. He teaches at the RWTH Aachen and has been the Chairman of the COST 501 3rd Round Management Committee since 1993.

  • The author thanks the members and experts of the Management Committee for their friendly cooperation and helpful assistance.


The European Concerted Action Research Programs began in 1971. COST 501, which concentrates on materials problems in gas turbines, coal combustion and gasification, and diesel engines, is now entering its third round. The work package concept of the technical program is introduced and highlights of the second round are described. COST 501 provides a good illustration of what can be achieved in long-term collaborative research with realistic technical targets that are periodically defined by the industries involved.