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 Newsletter CIT UPC nº 43 December 2015  
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

MODELLING THE VIBRATIONS OF THE LIMA-CALLAO METRO IN PERU

The Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (LEAM UPC) has undertaken a study using a 2.5 D FEM-BEM model of the levels of vibration caused by the future commercial use of Phase 1A, Line 2 of the Lima-Callao metro in Peru. The numerical model was developed by LEAM UPC to calculate the vibration of 3D periodic structures using 2D geometries, and leads to considerable savings in design time and calculations. The study determined which corrective measures, if any, the track superstructure needs to minimize vibration levels, in which sections of the route measures should be implemented, and the specific measures required to ensure compliance with current Peruvian regulations on maximum vibration levels in residential buildings.

In December 2014, the Consorcio Nuevo Metro de Lima, the company that won the building project, started work on 35 km of new tracks, including 27 km of Line 2, totally underground and crossing the city from east to west, as well as the first 8 km of Line 4. The first section of the works should be completed in 2016.

 
 

NEW METHOD FOR PREDICTING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH FLASH FLOODS

The UPC Centre of Applied Research on Hydrometeorology (CRAHI UPC) has developed a method to predict the danger associated with flash floods in coastal basins. The method has been successfully implemented in two of the project’s case studies: the estuaries of the River Magra, in Italy, and of the River Tordera, in Catalonia (Spain). This new solution forms part of the European project RISC-KIT to develop management methods, tools and procedures for managing hydrometeorological events in coastal areas, in order to increase capacity to predict and characterize associated risks, and issue warnings.
 
The RISC-KIT consortium is comprised of 18 members from 10 European countries and two international organizations. It has a 6-million euro budget and will last for 4 years.

 
 

CONFERENCE ON “NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN EMC”

The UPC Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) and the Aragon Institute of Technology (ITAINNOVA) organized the "New Technological Developments in EMC" conference in Zaragoza from 30 November to 1 December. To promote technology transfer between companies and universities/technology centres on new developments in electromagnetic compatibility, experts were invited from different sectors: terrestrial transport, aeronautics, aerospace and particle accelerators. Participants presented the complex electromagnetic interference problems they tackle, potential solutions, and future challenges. In addition, new EMC developments at universities, companies and technology centres were presented.

The event, which was attended by 70 people, had collaborators such as the Spanish EMC chapter of the IEEE.

 
 

COMPANY DAY IN LA GARROTXA

On 17 December La Garrotxa Desenvolupament organized an event entitled “Exploring ideas to Create Value” held by the Innotex Center for companies in the textile sector. At the event, which took place in Olot, Innotex Center researchers presented the latest advances in the use of new natural and biodegradable fibres, studies on the development of machinery and mechanical textile processes, as well as the manufacture of prototypes for the entire textile chain. Finally, Center presented its technologies for removing dye and reusing textile effluent, as well as the results of the ECUVal project, as an example of industrial applications. In addition, CIT UPC presented different ways of collaborating with the University, and the funds that are available for companies.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CIT UPC SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

The annual meeting of CIT UPC Scientific Advisory Board, which is the foundation’s consultative body, was held on 2 December. The Board is comprised of directors of all the CIT UPC’s member centers. Results were presented during the meeting, particularly from the perspective of the CIT’s scientific and technological activity, in order to align new CIT activities with the overall trends and provide a proactive, advanced response to new challenges in our rapidly changing environment.

 
 

CIT UPC AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE EUFORI STUDY

CIT UPC attended the official presentation of the EUFORI Study on 14 December in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The Study, which was coordinated by the Center for Philanthropic Studies (VU University), quantifies and assesses the contribution of foundations to research and innovation in EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. The study includes an individual analysis of each country, a comparative analysis, and an indication of future challenges and trends in the sector.

As part of the presentation of the study, CIT UPC described the Coordinadora Catalana de Fundacions, of which it is a member, as an example of a network to foster collaboration between foundations.

 
 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER WORK?

Knowledge and technology transfer from universities to companies is increasingly valued, and can be achieved by creating technology-based spin-offs from knowledge generated in the university, by obtaining patents and selling them to interested companies, or by selling specialists’ time [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

SURVEY ON CORPORATE INNOVATION 2014

The Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) has published data from the Survey of corporate innovation for 2014. Spending on technological innovation stood at 12.96 billion euros, down 2.1% on the previous year. The Community of Madrid had the highest spending on technological innovation (36.6% of the total), followed by Catalonia (24.1%, which is up 0.8% on the previous year).
 

 
 

CATALONIA ATTRACTS 56% OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CORPORATE R&D

According to data from the Financial Times’s FDI Markets indicator gathered by the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry for Business and Labour, Catalonia attracted 56% of foreign investment projects carried out in Spain between 2010 and August 2015, in total, an investment of 1072.9 million euros, creating almost 6000 jobs. Catalonia was positioned third in the ranking of European regions by foreign investment projects, and was the only southern European region in the first 10 positions.
 

 
 
     
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MONITORING CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) received funding from the Marató de TV3 2003 fundraiser for chronic respiratory diseases, to carry out a project on determining the pattern of respiration in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by developing a  non-invasive method and instrument based on measuring transthoracic electrical impedance. The project was developed in collaboration with the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona.
 

 
 
 


 
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