Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

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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