Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


Structural Health Monitoring system to prevent damage in aerostructures and reduce maintenance costs

This technology allows monitoring, either in flight or scheduled maintenance, the damage generated in a structure, leading to the possibility of making changes or actions to correct it

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Structural Health Monitoring system to prevent damage in aerostructures and reduce maintenance costs
Our Center has a Structural Health Monitoring system which allows to increase security against failure and reduce the maintenance costs of high value structures, as in the case of structures and aeronautical parts in carbon fiber (CFRP). This technology allows control at any moment of the load at which a structure is subjected, so that it can quantify those loads that may exceed the established limits, postponing or, if they are serious, advancing their revisions.

Specifically, the available technology in CATEC has considerable advantages when it comes to integration in the structure (can be absorved within the laminate or glued onto the surface of the component), and also allows a large number of sensors on a single line (decreasing implementation costs and "wired" in the structure).

Furthermore and because of the nature of the technology, the optic fiber is electromagnetically immune and cause no interferences to other aircraft instruments.

In aerospace sector, the damage is often induced in composite structures subjected to impacts out of the plane, substantially degrading the mechanical properties of the composites. With this technology it is possible to monitor these damages and solve the problems produced by them.

Using this technology can be monitored, either in flight or scheduled maintenance, the generated structural damage, leading to the possibility of making changes or actions to correct this erosion. Other advantages of this technology are applied in the monitoring of structural and environmental tests or monitoring the degree of cure (during manufacture) of a polymer matrix composite material.

For more information, you make an appointment with the Materials and Processes Area, and its director Fernando Lasagni.

July 31st 2015
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