Technical areas, Umbrellas, Clusters and projects

What is a EUREKA Umbrella?

Umbrellas are thematic networks within the EUREKA framework which focus on a specific technology area or business sector. The main aim of an umbrella is to facilitate the generation of EUREKA projects in its own target area. Umbrella activities are co-ordinated and implemented by a working group consisting of EUREKA representatives and industrial experts.

What is a EUREKA Cluster?

Clusters are industry-led project initiatives in a particular area of strategic interest for transnational, cooperative, precompetitive research and development. Individual projects in the clusters (sub-projects) are generated and labelled by industry itself.

The EUREKA projects

The EUREKA projects are developed in all important technological areas which interest the industry: Communications, Energy, Environment, Information, Lasers, Medical and Biotechnological Technologies, New materials, Robotics and automation, Transport .. but also areas such as Cultural Heritage and Multimedia.

Succes stories

Mobile self-erecting tower crane
EUREKA project E! 2797 FACTORY MSETC (Mobile Self-Erecting Tower Crane) has successfully combined the technologies of mobile and self-erecting cranes to create a single crane that can do the work of five. The new crane features an anti-sway device which makes it safer as well as more efficient.

New folded honeycomb cores for cardboard packaging and structural applications
Corrugated cardboard is an excellent packaging material that is widely used for transporting, storing and protecting goods. Through the new process developed by EUREKA project E! 1929 FACTORY FOLDHEX, corrugated cardboard can be transformed into a new honeycomb core that offers reduced weight, uses less raw material and achieves better crash absorption and higher compression resistance than double flute corrugated cardboard.

E! 1818 3D TOOLBOX
3d imaging toolbox for television broadcast applications
E! 1818 3D TOOLBOX developed a virtual clothes shop, a talking head interface and new 3D capture and animation techniques even though this wasn't their original aim. It began with six partners, lost two and gained three and produced results in three distinct areas, none of which were the original focus of the project!

EUREKA CHASING Individual Project
Advanced simulation methodologies for chassis&suspension engineering:optimising driving dynamics of intelligent vehicles
For the automotive industry having the ability to predict how your latest product will behave once it is on the road is important. Understanding consumer needs, and then running predictive software over possible solutions to these needs, can save manufacturers a significant amount of time and money.

Holographic modal testing system
With each new vehicle, the car industry faces a fresh battle to cut out the unwanted vibrations that cause irritating rattles and the metal fatigue that can cause parts to break, with potentially lethal consequences.