Metallic and Ceramic Materials



The new panot of the XXI century. In 1906, Barcelona City Council ran a tender, which Escofet won, to standardise the designs of its “panots”, the paving stones that have fundamentally shaped the image of Barcelona's streets. One hundred and fifteen years later, through the BIT Habitat Foundation, it is launching [...]



High-performance sensor for an industry 4.0 with zero manufacturing defects. The VISIRIA4.0 project develops vision technology to establish a constant line of information that allows any industry to improve its production processes, thus reaching manufacturing with zero defects. VISIRIA4.0 develops a new high-performance sensor that works in the spectrum range 400 [...]



More sustainable furnace components through advanced design and continuous component monitoring for material and coating development. The HIPERMAT project promotes strategies and tools for the efficient development of new alloys and components that operate in high temperatures and corrosive environments. HIPERMAT includes the integration and validation of these materials through advanced [...]



Development of aluminum alloys with more than 90% recycled content. The ICARFA project, to obtain these aluminum alloys, establishes a methodology to obtain a constant quality from scrap metal, which results in a predictable casting process that reduces the need for primary material to balance out tramp elements. On the other hand, the [...]



Boosting the implementation of 5G technology. The NNDTC project implements radio frequency (RF) devices that allow the tuning of the radio frequency heads of mobile terminals, responding to the 5G technology implementation challenges by means of electromechanical microstructure manufacturing technology (MEMS). NNDTC proves, for the very first time, the feasibility of RF-MEMS in [...]



Design, manufacture and experimental validation of a tank to store hydrogen at high pressure. The HIDROGENIA project develops and validates to TRL 5 a type IV tank to safely store hydrogen at high pressure (700 bars). These types of tanks are already manufactured today, but they present permeability problems because the materials used [...]



Treatment of the main problems and limitations currently identified in the field of PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating technology to improve the mechanical performance and durability of components and tools used mainly in the metal-mechanic sector. The project develops an innovative PVD hard coating technology that allows high thicknesses of up [...]



FormPlate seeks to optimise the energy efficiency, cost and durability of metallic bipolar plates, a key component to guarantee the energy efficiency of proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells for application in the automotive sector. The technological innovation of the project is based on: New geometric plate designs by Finite [...]



Collaborative research to find solutions in the functionalisation of surfaces. The INFUNDA project is a collaborative research business initiative carried out by seven companies (KOSTAL, WALTERPACK, TOUS, MAIER, INECFI, FLUBETECH and GOIZPER), two of which are SMEs (INECFI and FLUBETECH), which have come together to combine their knowledge and provide solutions [...]



Solution to increase the useful life and quality of high pressure casting molds (HPDC). Project INNOCAST aims at developing an innovative physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating concept, based on nanostructured morphology to generate a complex layer of surface oxides to greatly reduce wettability and attack by molten aluminium on die casting [...]

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