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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF THE L9 UNDERGROUND LINE IN BARCELONA

inLab FIB UPC created for Siemens a simulator of automated trains for Line 9 of Barcelona’s underground system. The simulator can be used to experiment with different traffic configurations, in order to assess the quality of timetables generated to optimize energy consumption on the line. The timetables maximize the synchronization of braking of trains with accelerations of others in nearby areas, so that the energy generated during braking can be used in accelerations.

HIGH SPEED COMPRESSORS

Rafel Sitjar, a lecturer and researcher at the Food Safety and Control Research Centre (CRESCA UPC) collaborated with the company JBonals SA, a manufacturer of machinery for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food sector, to develop different high-output compressors for large manufacturers of powdered stock cubes and washing powders in compressed format.

As a result of this collaboration, several patents were registered and the BR680 machine was designed, which can produce up to 1400 large format and weight compressed items per minute.

IMPACT OF NOISE AND VIBRATIONS FROM THE TRAMBAIX


The Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (LEAM UPC) carried out a study of the impact of the noise and vibrations caused by the Trambaix at the Pont d’Esplugues station, in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona). The study was commissioned by the Esplugues City Council in 2004, the year that the tram was opened.

VIBRATIONS IN THE HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY WORKS


The Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (LEAM UPC) measured vibrations in dwellings affected by high speed railway works in the town of Prat de Llobregat in 2006-2007, to ensure that buildings were not affected as a result of the construction work. The project was carried out for Corsán-Corviam.

ENAC ACCREDITATION FOR CALIBRATIONS AND DOSIMETRY TESTING


The Calibration and Dosimetry Laboratory at the UPC Institute of Energy Technologies forms part of the Dosimetry and Ionising Radiation Area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) , and is one of the only one of two organizations accredited by the ENAC in Spain to calibrate instruments for measuring ionising radiation.

MULTIMEDIA "PERSONATGES EN JOC"


The Computer Graphics area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) has developed the series “Personatges en Joc” (Prominent Figures in a Game), a multimedia collection to teach about the work, life and historical context of prominent figures in Catalan science, technology and history. It is aimed at fifth and sixth year primary students.

ARTIFICIAL VISION APPLIED TO OCCUPANTS VEHICLE DETECTION


The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) in collaboration with the company EMTE created an optical sensing pioneer in Europe device which detects the number of occupants in a vehicle. The device is reliably with optimal operatibility levels working on limited illumination conditions. The device installed ... see more

ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSES OF A FRACTURE OF AN INDUSTRIAL DUPLEX-STEEL CENTRIFUGE


The Structural Integrity and Materials Reliability Centre (CIEFMA UPC) has analyzed the causes of a fracture in a 3 ton industrial duplex-steel centrifuge, determining the origin and causes of it.

THE STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF A METHOD FOR THE ONLINE ANALYSIS OF THE PROPERTIES OF THE SURFACE SMOOTHNESS OF PAPER


The project envisages developing a method to measure the roughness of paper by analysing the speckle pattern on the surface. Surface roughness is an important parameter for paper and card used for printing, since it affects the amount of coating needed and the application method used. This project was developed by CD6 with the company MIQUEL Y COSTAS & MIQUEL S.A.

SIMULATION OF THE BLOOD TRANSFUSION PROCESS


The Multimedia Applications Laboratory (LAM UPC), has designed a process simulating a blood transfusion process (E-Blood) to increase patient safety. The project was developed in collaboration with hospitals de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, together with the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

ALBA SYNCHROTRON


Between 2006 and 2010, CITCEA UPC, in collaboration with the company CELLS, selected and tested the power electronics equipment that supplies the numerous electromagnets in ALBA’s booster ring, storage ring and transfer lines.

BIGDATA ANALYSIS FOR FRAUD DETECTION

 

The Data mangement Group (DAMA UPC) developed a new detection of fraud or money laundering in property transactions system, to ANCERT (Spanish General Council of Notaries) using graph database DEX

FLOOD BARRIER


The Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC) has developed a hydraulic pump and hydraulic motors to help raise a tidal surge barrier in England, which protects 17,000 homes from flooding and has been operated 33 times since 1980. The gate has a total mass of 212 tons. The project was developed in collaboration with Pedro Roquet SA.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN AGBAR TOWER IN BARCELONA

 

The Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center (CTTC UPC) carried out the numerical simulation of the facades thermal behaviour in AGBAR TOWER in Barcelona to increase eficiency in ventilation and air conditioning of the building.

NEW EXTERNAL CHARGER PROTOTYPE FOR HIBRYD'S VEHICLES

 

CITCEA UPC designed and implemented a prototype hybrid external charger for municipal solid waste (MSW) collection vehicles.

HESPÉRIDES OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH BOAT

 

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) assessed the electromagnetic level of Hespérides, an oceanographic research boat, and provided technical advice on the installation of new equipment on board.

MANAGEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MECCA


PhD. Jaume Barceló, a researcher at the InLabFIB UPC center, advised on the development of a transport master plan to efficiently organize and manage the simultaneous movement of 60,000 vehicles (and 2,500,000 people on transport or foot) at sunset between the places of Arafat and Muzdalifah in Saudi Arabia, which are separated by 12 km. The journey is a key part of the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. The project was based on the use of the Aimsun transport simulator, which was developed under PhD Barceló’s direction at the UPC’s Operations Research and Simulation Laboratory (LIOS).

STUDY OF THE PROCESS OF EVACUATING THE "SALA GRAN" IN THE TEATRE NACIONAL DE CATALUNYA (TNC)


InLAb FIB UPC has studied the process of evacuating the “Sala Gran” in the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC), using a flow model that simulates different scenarios and takes into account the topology of the theatre hall. The study confirms the hall’s evacuation capacity.

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EMC ANALYSIS FOR THE AVE HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY AND HOSPITAL CLINIC


The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) has evaluated the impact on hospital equipment of electromagnetic interference caused by the high-speed train (the AVE). The study will enable Hospital Clínic to be extended above the underground tracks of the AVE, whilst ensuring the correct operation of sensitive electromedical equipment.