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Focus Areas

The main lines of work

Lightweight structures

  • Design tools with ability to predict the behaviour in service of compound materials
  • Determining the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials that may be incorporated into the structural components, in a specifically approved quality environment
  • Optimising materials to obtain improved properties
  • Incorporating new environmentally-sustainable materials
  • Preparing components where the structure incorporates functional attributes, whether they be aesthetic, storage-related, energy-related or others

Advanced manufacturing technologies

  • Training in advanced manufacturing technologies (SLS, FDM, ISF, USM, Laser Cutting, High Speed Machining, Electrical Discharge Machining) to research staff and project and product managers: characterisation of technologies, manufacturing rules, technology optimisation, etc.
  • Design and manufacture of prototypes using Rapid Manufacturing techniques
  • Development of innovative products, including medical devices, integrating concurrent engineering tools: lifecycle analysis (LCA), design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA)
  • Measuring the dimensional quality and rugosity of pieces with ENAC certified machines
  • Design of tools for the improvement of production planning systems, such as Lean Manufacturing
  • Improvement of production management systems
  • Definition and analysis of manufacturing processes of polymers reinforced with short fibres

Innovation in civil engineering and construction

  • Innovative, lightweight construction solutions that save energy and time in commissioning
  • Design criteria that allow the reliable use of new materials and new construction solutions while accounting for durability under sustained loads and diverse environmental factors
  • Structural monitoring and control of civil structures

Materials of natural, biomimetic and bio-inspired origin

  • Determination of in-vivo behaviour of materials
  • Characterisation and development of compound materials with lignocellulose-based reinforcement

Synthesis, simulation and applications of compounds at nanoscale

  • The definition from the nanoscale of reinforcements mechanically and functionally optimised for compound materials making use of quantum mechanics simulation tools and synthesis of new compounds

Design for energy and resource efficiency

  • Energy optimisation of industrial processes that involve transformations due to temperature effect (thermal treatments, chemical reactions, etc.)
  • Determination of thermal properties of materials specifically aimed at improving energy efficiency (thermal isolation, heat accumulation, etc.)
  • Determination of the thermal properties of materials in general (specific heat, thermal conductivity, latent heat of fusion, transition temperatures, thermal diffusivity, etc.)
  • Determination of the reaction kinetics of polymer material matrices (resins or thermoplastics) in order to be able to optimise conformation processes
  • Improvement in the energy efficiency of industrial processes where great amounts of residual heat are released
  • Increased efficiency of thermal machines through the use of residual heat to generate electricity
  • Design of energy generation systems that use renewable resources, especially mini wind turbines

Design of materials and functional and multi-functional products

  • Definition and characterisation using powder metallurgy of metal matrix alloys and composites with magnetocaloric, thermoelectric or magnetic properties