The ECCC is a voluntary grouping involving over 30 European organisations and was formed in 1991 to co-ordinate Europe-wide development of creep data for high temperature applications, in particular for power generation.
For several years ECCC concentrated its efforts thanks to the support of the European Commission, in particular through the Concerted Action BE 5524 (1991-1996) and the Thematic Network BET2-0509 ‘Weld Creep’ (1997-2001).
Since 2011, ECCC is independetly governed by the European industry, through Joint Industrial Projects: The third Joint Industrial Project started in January 2018 and will cover a period of three years.
Since 2005, ECCC has organized annual international conferences to take stock of present situations and discuss future outlooks. From 2011 onwards, the organizational structure has become increasingly clear and well-structured and CSM has taken on the responsibility of technical Secretariat.
The High Temperature Mechanical Testing Committee (HTMTC) was established in 1982 following a conference held at NPL on ‘Measurement of High Temperature Mechanical Properties of Materials’. The membership of the committee includes experts in the field of high temperature testing drawn from industry, research institutions and universities. The HTMTC operates as Technical Committee 11 (TC11) of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS).
The HTMTC is a non-profit company limited by guarantee (Reg. No. 2149907) and is also a Registered Charity (Reg. No. 800892).
The HTMTC aims to improve the techniques and procedures used for the high temperature testing of materials, and to disseminate this information to the materials community as a whole.
It achieves these aims by:
- Providing a Forum for Discussion
- Organizing Conferences and Laboratory Visits
- Publishing Conference Proceedings and Codes of Practice
- Initiating Research Activities
Membership of the HTMTC is open to all interested parties particularly engineers, scientists and technical personnel from industry, laboratories and research institutes who have an interest in high temperature mechanical testing.
The Energy Materials Group (EMG) is a cross cutting group of IOM3 that provides a focus on the ever present materials issues in energy supply whether it be materials supply or synthesis. Just some of the topics include high temperature turbines, a new generation of nuclear power stations, wind, marine and solar.
The Energy Materials Group acts as an ‘Across Division’ Group reporting to the IOM3 Industry and Technology Policy Board (ITPB), utilising the broad expertise within IOM3. The primary role of the EMG is
- Stimulate and liaise with IOM3 Technical Communities on energy related activities where necessary and appropriate.
- Take a lead in raising public awareness of energy issues and critical role of materials in both existing and new energy technologies.
- Promote IOM3 participation in the national energy debate through engagement with stakeholders including parliamentary groups.
- Act as a focus for energy sector materials activities over the whole materials life cycle, representing IOM3 interests and liaising with existing bodies such as professional institutes, networks such as the KTNs and funding agencies.
- Respond to government consultations and media enquiries with the External Affairs Group.
- Promote knowledge exchange on emerging energy technologies through the media of the Energy Materials Journal and targeted workshops.