A Synergetic Training network on Energy Beam Processing: from modelling to industrial applications
The University of Nottingham

Welcome to STEEP

Abrasive waterjet footprint
Single laser footprint

Focused ion beam generated feature


STEEP   (Grant Agreement no. 316560) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) for early-stage researchers (ESR) and experienced researchers (ER) funded by the European Commission under the FP7 - 'People' Programme ; duration: 15 th Jan. 2013 – 14 th Jan 20 17

Research and training  opportunities are provided in  STEEP  for 17 researchers in the field of energy beam (EB) processing (laser, abrasive waterjet (AWJ) and focussed ion beam (FIB)) of difficult to cut exotic materials. This involves both multi-disciplinary scientific training, secondments in both academia and industry and tailored courses in complementary ("long-life") skills.

Cutting edge and highly significant  research questions are addressed in STEEP in the areas of materials processing, energy beam modelling, simulation and control, post machining surface and materials analysis. This breadth enables  STEEP to provide a unified modelling approach of the EB processing techniques so that their individual capabilities can be exploited to further technical and personnel developments.  

10 Full Partners and 18 Associated Partners from 11 European countries  (UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Ireland and Lithuania) form the STEEP consortium.

The project will be led by MCM Group at University of Nottingham, UK.

Questions regarding the STEEP project can be addressed by email.

AWJ machining setup
Laser machining setup
Focused ion beam setup

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 316560