Second Consortium Meeting of NEOHIRE

The second Consortium Meeting of NEOHIRE project (NEOdymium-Iron-Boron base materials, fabrication techniques and recycling solutions to HIghly REduce the consumption of Rare Earths in Permanent Magnets for Wind Energy Application) took place in San Sebastián (Spain) on 18th-19th October 2017. Representatives of all the different companies and research centers that make up the NEOHIRE consortium attended the two-day meeting.

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During the first day, the meeting was focused on the technical activities done during the first six months of the project. Participants of WP1 (“Development of new NdFeB materials solutions for permanent magnets”) and WP2 (“Permanents magnets manufacturing and characterization at lab scale”) showed their first results. The last part of the first day was dedicated to the WP 5 (“Life-Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the developed solution”) concerning the different ongoing processes in the project.

The second project day was fully dedicated to the Management and Dissemination of NEOHIRE. The main aspects of the project were reviewed: deliverables, future meetings, etc.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720838

For more information on NEOHIRE, please visit http://neohire.eu/

 

 

Launch of SAFE STRIP project with the participation of CIDAUT.

Safe Strip is the natural continuation of Safe Spot, where CIDAUT also played an important role.

SAFE STRIP aims to introduce a disruptive technology that will achieve to embed C-ITS applications in existing road infrastructure, including novel I2V and V2I, as well as VMS/VSL functions into low-cost, integrated strips markers on the road; to make roads self-explanatory (with personalised in-vehicle messages) and forgiving (due to advanced cooperative functions) for all road users (trucks, cars and vulnerable road users, such as PTWs riders) and all vehicle generations (non-equipped, C-ITS equipped, autonomous), with reduced maintenance cost, full recyclability and added value services, as well as supporting real-time predictive road maintenance functions

Last June the kick of meeting of Safe Strip was held in Thessaloniki, Greece. The consortium of Safe Strip is formed by 18 partners from 6 different countries. The initial meeting was very fruitful, it included the organization of the fore coming events for this month, to be hold all of the in CERTH installations at Thessaloniki, Greece:

  • 25th of September: Safe Strip Technical Workshop
  • 26th of September: 2nd Plenary Meeting of the project
  • 27th of September: 1st Pan-European Safe Strip Workshop

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Safe Strip consortium has released a User Needs Survey to identify stakeholder needs and formulate primary use cases that will define the context and development of the project.

This survey is designed for a broad public comprising road users, transport service providers, policy makers, researchers, OEMs, road infrastructure operators and constructors, public authorities, tier 1 & 2 suppliers, ITS associations and experts.

You are kindly invite to spread the word and feel free to complete the questionnaire here.

Completing the questionnaire should take no more than 15-20 minutes of your time.

The survey will be open until 30 September 2017.

The MOVBIO Project for the promotion of energy valorisation of pruning biomass starts rolling

The MOVBIO Project, led by the CIDAUT and granted by the INTERREG V A España-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 programme, held its kick-off meeting on 19th July 2017 at CIDAUT´s facilities in Boecillo Technological Park (Valladolid, Spain).

During the meeting, all partners of the project: Municipal Energy Agency of Valladolid (AEMVA), the Institute of Agrarian Technology of Castilla y León (ITACYL), the Center for Waste Valorisation (CVR), the Energy Agency of Ave (AEdoAVE) and CIDAUT have worked on launching the first project tasks. MOVBIO will allow the valorization of existing biomass that currently neither has a defined utilization circuit nor energy use due to its special characteristics. In particular, MOVBIO will facilitate the energy valorization of pruning biomass of agricultural and urban origin (pruning biomass of parks and gardens) by means of the evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of adaptations on the processes of pretreatment and thermal utilization. It is also intends to help strengthen the business model making it more sustainable through the efficient use of residual biomass and the promotion of business innovation.

The MOVBIO project approach focuses on innovation in three areas: the new way of using a biomass with energy value, the adaptation of systems for their collection and the adjustment of energy recovery technologies. In addition, the project will favor the use of ICTs through the creation of a biomass management tool that will allow connecting the value chain between biomass owners and/or agricultural service companies and users of biomass considered within the project.

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Keywords: MOVBIO, Biomass, Energy, Pruning

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VULKANO project continues with the II General Assembly

The second General Assembly of VULKANO project took place at the city of Celje (Slovenia) on 5-6th July 2017.The meeting gathered 30 members from the consortium in order to review the general status of the project after the first twelve months of execution.

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Along this time, the project has accomplished its objectives according to the working programme, providing consistent results:

  • Definition of the technical specifications and conceptual designs of the furnace for the two demos (steel and ceramic)
  • Conceptual designs for the energy solutions with high temperatures PCMs
  • Report on compositions of the new refractories blend
  • Feasibility of the natural gas substitution by the different syngas sources
  • Description of user requirements specifications for MC&S in industrial furnaces
  • Functional design specification for MC&S in industrial furnaces
  • Preliminary market analysis

With all these developments, the tasks to adapt the demo sites to the new solutions have already started. In fact, the meeting enabled the discussion between the demo sites leaders about the integration and implementation of the respective solutions at each demo.

As Task leader on WP5: Designing and validating of Co-firing systems, CIDAUT presented the results obtained in the feasibility assessment of natural gas substitution by alternative fuels (Co-firing) in furnaces. Several syngas streams were considered from biomass gasification and process off-gases from steal sector. The results of the assessment will be the input for CFD burner simulations of syngas/natural gas co-firing in following tasks.

The meeting ended the second day with a visit to Bosio’s factory and to Valji´s production plant, where the partners had the chance to know on site the existent conditions at the demo. In addition, they could also verify the manufacturing process of an industrial furnace for the steel sector.

More info: http://www.vulkano-h2020.eu/

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Keywords: VULKANO, co-firing, syngas, furnaces

CIDAUT participates in the round table “The future of the automotive sector” organized by Hyundai, Bosch and El Español.

Madrid, 6th July 2017. The digital newspaper El Español, together with Hyundai and Bosch, organized a round table to discuss the multiple challenges of the automotive sector. Under the title “The future of the automotive sector” the meeting gathered more than ten experts that went into deep analysis of aspects related to the innovation, connectivity and disruptive technologies in the sector. The working day was divided in two main topics: Electromobility and Connectivity and Autonomous Driving.

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From left to right: Ricardo Olalla (Bosch); Carlos de la Cruz (CDTI); Javier Arboleda (Hyundai); Felipe Jiménez (INSIA); Roberto Álvarez (University  of Nebrija); Susana Gómez (DGT); Zaira Unzue (IBIL); Javier Romo (CIDAUT); Cecilia Medina, (SERNAUTO) and Miguel Ángel Uriondo (EL ESPAÑOL).

CIDAUT participated in the Connectivity and Autonomous Driving round table where the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the automated driving were analyzed from different points of view. CIDAUT’s representative highlighted the opportunities to enhance the driving safety and the inclusion of elder population and disabled people to be included in the mobility of the future. The importance of the autonomous vehicles to reduce the time-out and to improve the exploitation of the urban space was also explained. It was indicated that the development of the autonomous vehicle has to run in parallel and in a balanced way with the development of the connectivity, but not only the long range communication based on mobile application but also the short time communication based on emerging technologies. The seamless connectivity is a must to advance in the different levels of automation defined by SAE J3016.

Also CIDAUT`s representative highlighted the importance of the infrastructure for the transition phase to the automated mobility. Vehicles of different automation levels are going to share the roads for several decades and the infrastructure is the main responsible actor to homogenize this traffic. Another aspect to be taken into account is the acceptance by the users of the different Advanced Driving Assistance Systems, they should be friendly and in some cases transparent to the users.

Project Valorcomp started his journey

The kick-off meeting of project VALORCOMP took place on the 25th of July 2017. This project is co-financed by the programme of cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 and will run until September 2019.

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Project VALORCOMP aims to contribute cooperatively to solve cross-border problems in the valorisation of waste generated in the treatment of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste.

With this goal in mind, the project will make it possible to find innovative technological solutions to the valorisation of compost and other residues from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste. These solutions will be based on three vectors: thermochemical valorisation, application in the production of materials and production of agronomic compounds.

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The kick-off meeting of VALORCOMP was held in the Auditorium of the Parque Ambiental do Nordeste Transmontano (Resíduos do Nordeste) and counted with the presence of all partners: Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Principal Beneficiary), Fundación CIDAUT, Universidad de Valladolid, Resíduos do Nordeste and Nertatec.

During the meeting, each responsible partner of activity made a review of the tasks of the four major operational activities. The thermochemical valorisation will be responsibility of the Fundación CIDAUT, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança will be responsible for the exploitation in the production of materials, while the agronomic valorisation will be a task led by Universidad de Valladolid. Finally, will be performed a study of adaptation of waste treatment centres to the technologies assessed in the previous activities and presented a guide of good practices, task mainly held by Nertatec.

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After the technical review of tasks, a visit was done to the installations of the Mechanical and Biological Treatment Unit (UTMB), where all the partners had the opportunity to check the operation of the process and the reality of the wastes object in the project.

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ALMAGIC project kick-off meeting

The ALMAGIC consortium met in Munich last July 13-14th to kick-off the project. All partners gathered at “MTU Aereo Engines AG” facilities to present the working plan and the tasks to be carried out during the next 18 months.

ALMAGIC, Contract No. 755515  is a Clean Sky 2 funded Project, “Aluminium and Magnesium Alloys Green Innovative Coatings”, aims at contributing to the advance of substitution of hexavalent chromium in the aerospace materials by developing and manufacturing alternative conversion coatings for aluminium and magnesium, with a special focus on the characterization of these alternative coatings ensuring standards of quality required by the aerospace industry.

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All partners introduced their companies, highlighting their respective role in the project: AKZO NOBEL, HELMHOLTZ, HENKEL, TUDELFT and UCM are coordinated by CIDAUT.

During the meeting, all work package leaders presented their work plan. At the same time a workshop was organized, where the project tasks were managed in detail for each of the work packages. For this, the Lean Project Management methodology was used.

In ALMAGIC, CIDAUT will lead the project and will also be responsible for the characterization and validation of the alternative coatings developed during the project.

How can your company maximize precision, cost savings and the security of the ADAS systems?

Automobile cockpit, various information monitors and head up displays. autonomous car, driverless car, driver assistance system, ACC(Adaptive Cruise Control), vector illustration

Automobile cockpit, various information monitors and head up displays. autonomous car, driverless car, driver assistance system, ACC(Adaptive Cruise Control), vector illustration

 

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What would happen if an overweight articulated truck crashed against a barrier at 70Kph?

Probably it would cause an accident with not determinate results for passenger and other vial´s users, due to the highest containment level installed on EU-roads is currently designed to vehicles up to 38tn at 65Kph and they are mostly made of conventional steel (Mild Steel).

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The latest tests performed by HIPEBA project for very high containment level systems made of HPS (High Performance Steels), articulated Heavy Good Vehicles overweight at higher speed (It involves higher impact energy), open the door to the massive usage of HPS in road safety barriers to increase the containment levels in safety barriers.

HIPEBA, High Performance Steel for Safer and more Competitive Barriers, is a project funded by the European Union’s Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). Its main objective is achieveing more competitive road restraint systems performed by HPS in terms of both industrial costs and societal benefits.

Although the project is still ongoing, the results show some of the potential advantages of using the HPS in this kind of barriers.  The tests involved not only Heavy Good Vehicles but also light passenger cars (up to 900 Kg.). This is because the system must contain the biggest vehicles in a safe way and in case of impact with light vehicles must not be too severe for the passengers.

Therefore, it was shown that thanks to the use of the HPS, the limited deformation level of the barriers, the lack of potentially hazardous projectiles and fragments and the successful truck redirection without rolling over or hitting dangerous obstacles confirms the excellent absorption capabilities of the HIPEBA road safety barriers. Nevertheless, the tests showed that there are still possibilities to get an optimized system in terms of weight reduction. Therefore, the next steps will be devoted to this system optimization.

The Spanish public television La1, the private Spanish channel Cuatro and El Norte de Castilla local newspaper have covered a real scale demonstration of safety barriers crash test resulting from the latest findings of the HIPEBA Consortium research. The test, carried out at the CIDAUT Foundation facilities, shows a 44 tones truck impacting the road safety barriers at a speed of 70 km/h.

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The HIPEBA Consortium will keep striving to achieve its objective in developing safer and more competitive road restraint systems by using high-performance steels.

VIDEOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tTSMgwPK6g    (Telediario de la 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPnvRqjb2MA           (Noticias Cuatro)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC4oAHtN3Ls             (Norte de Castilla)

CIDAUT and BASF presented their solutions to meet the next automotive trends

Boecillo (Valladolid, Spain), June 13 2017

CIDAUT Foundation, in conjunction with the chemical giant and global automotive supplier BASF, presented on June 13 their last capabilities and solutions to meet the new challenges posed by new mobility systems. The solutions shown were plentiful and opened a wide variety of alternatives.

The Workshop, celebrated at CIDAUT’s premises in Boecillo Technological Park (Valladolid, Spain), was attended by more than 100 people, mainly technical product managers and technicians and professionals from the main companies of Castilla y Leon´s automotive sector. In this way, car manufacturers as Renault España or Nissan Motor Manufacturing and automotive suppliers as Grupo Antolin, Faurecia, Flex-N-Gate, Gestamp, IAC Group, Reiner, Reydel Automotive, ZF-TRW, Repsol, Casple, Treves, Safran engineering, Vulcanizados Álvarez, Grupo Ubiplast, Grudem, etc. were fully represented.

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The technical workshop was chaired by the president of CIDAUT Foundation, Mr. José Oliveri Gandarillas, and by the BASF Commercial Manager Mrs. Katarzyna Byczkowska. During the workshop, representatives from BASF´s QEHS Product Stewardship Division, Performance Materials – Engineering Plastics Division, Performance Materials – Polyurethane Systems Division, Performance Materials – TPU Division, Dispersions Division, and Coatings Division explained about: “Sustainability applied to automotive product”; “Electronic and electrical systems; Ultramid® Advanced N plastics for sophisticated components and applications”, “Polyurethane in Automotive sector:  acoustic advanced applications, and new used of Cellasto® foams”; “Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU) in automotive sector”; “New development and applications of BASF´s Acrodur® for composite in automotive sectors”, and “Presentation of the new BASF’s iGloss® clearcoat technology”.

In the second block, Mr. Javier Romo, R&D Project Manager of CIDAUT Foundation, explained about the vision of this Research Centre related to new materials and processes applied to the vehicles of the future. On this concept, Javier Romo delved into several European research projects carried out by CIDAUT in collaboration with other partners (significant companies of automotive sector and other research centers). Such is the case of e-LIGHT Project (Advanced Structural Light-Weight Architectures for Electric Vehicles), URBAN-EV project (Super Light Architectures for Safe and Affordable Urban Electric Vehicles), or PLUS-MOBY Project (Premium Low weight Urban Sustainable e-MOBilitY), in which different materials are combined to achieve superior performance in terms of strength, weight, and volume utilization. Finally, Mr. Raúl García Esparza from the Spanish Center for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI) informed about its programs to support R&D initiatives inside automotive sector. The event was closed by the assistant deputy of the national government in Valladolid Mr. Luis Antonio Gómez Iglesias.

In addition, the conference featured a wide exhibition area in which CIDAUT and BASF showed some of their solutions and products explained during the different sessions of the Workshop. In this way, more than 50 plastic solutions both automotive sector than aeronautics sector were shown. By way of example, some of the solutions exhibited were: a grille open reinforcement 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 (first to market resistant implant-welded, closed-section composite structure); innovative snow chains based in different BASF´s elastollan® product; a front bearing of VW Golf VII manufactured in PA6-GF40 (BASF´s Ultramid B®); BMW i3 seat with backrest in polyamide (PA BASF´s Ultramid®) and integral structural part for carbon body (PBT); Daimler´s rare axle transmission crossbeam manufactured in PA66-GF50; a VOLVO´s Engine Cover manufactured in PU (Polyurethane); a PSA´s injection pump cover  manufactured in BASF´s Elastollan® C85A15HPM + PA6 40%GF; a VW´s door handle in different materials; a roll bars protector; a Land Rover´s, Audi´s and PSA´s shift levers manufactured in different materials,; a Ford´s steering wheel manufactured in BASF´s PU/ESA Elastofoam® I; a VW Golf VI´s central console manufactured in TPU/ESA; an AUDI´s cockpit manufactured in BASF´s  PU/ESA Elastoflex®; a Citroën C4 Cactus´s rear tailgate cover manufactured in polyester-polyurethane elastomer (BASF´s Elastollan AC 55D10 HPM), etc.

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One of the powerful solutions shown was a leading edge of Airbus A320 development by CIDAUT in epoxy RTM6 + satin 5 using a RTM technology in a closed mould, as well as a BASF´s concept of electric velocipede called ‘concept 1865’. This e-velocipede counts with 24 different polymer applications, such as bearingless all-plastic pedals made of “ultrason®” and puncture-proof tires made of “infinergy®” (a closed cell expanded thermoplastic polyurethane).

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It was also very interesting to display Cidaut´s innovative “hybrid IP beam concepts” for automotive sector manufactured in different materials: metal and PA30%GF using a press-on-metal technique; PP30%GF + TEPEX using an injection technology over structural thermoplastic (TEPEX); frames Airbus A400M also manufactured by CIDAUT in epoxy RTM6 + satin 5 using a RTM technology in a closed mold; aesthetic pieces of vehicle interior parts with different vegetal fiber contents (PP-PE + sisal fiber) and colours; door panel´s baguettes manufactured in PP-PE using a direct monochrome film injection process with 150 micron thickness; a fuel tank manhole cover of Airbus A-380 manufactured in Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) reinforced by carbon fiber (PEEK 30%CF). This is an external non-structural part for which the critical issues were weight, chemical resistance and fuel resistance, which represents the largest piece ever manufactured in those materials.

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Some CIDAUT´ solutions (Left: leading edge of Airbus A320. Right:  A380 HTP Manhole Cover); aesthetic pieces PP-PE + sisal fiber; frames Airbus A400M; A380 HTP Manhole Cover made of PEEK30%CF) were also part of the showroom.