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CIT UPC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
The CIT UPC 2015 Annual Report is already available. You will find the main key figures of our activity and some of the featured projects developed by the Centers Members of CIT.We hope it will be of interest to you!
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On behalf of DAMM, inLab FIB UPC simulated a virtual factory for the Prat de Llobregat plant that incorporated and optimised a fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGV) to aid the planning of the scheduled daily production. As a result, DAMM could become one of the first fully automated bottling companies in Catalonia.
IN-HOUSE MEASUREMENTS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY FOR COMPANIES
The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) can make in-house measurements for companies of fixed installations, as well as large machinery and equipment, without needing to move items to the test laboratories. The equipment’s conducted and radiated emissions can be measured in its usual place, to ensure compliance with Directive 2014/30/EU on electromagnetic compatibility.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST RECYCLABLE UPHOLSTERY FOR CAR
INNOTEX Center/Intexter UPC has developed for SEAT the first upholstery that is 100% recyclable, with 90% recycled fibres for cars. A new, non-woven 100% polyester compound was used instead of polyurethane, which is highly pollutant and toxic. The new compound has the same functions and price as materials that are already on the market. The project received the “2003 Design for Recycling Award for a recycled/recyclable product” in the category of Projects, given by the Catalan Waste Agency.
STUDY OF THE ACOUSTIC IMPACT OF THE B-23 DUAL CARRIAGEWAY
In 2008, the Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering (LEAM UPC) carried out for Esplugues de Llobregat City Hall a study on the acoustic impact of the B-23 dual carriageway as it passes through the city, with the aim of reducing the noise that is produced by this road..
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.
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 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.
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.