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


Topology optimization for weight reduction in aerospace components and structures

CATEC offers companies and organizations this new technological service, which has already achieved significant success with work aimed at its application in the aerospace sector

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Topology optimization for weight reduction in aerospace components and structures
Weight reduction in components and structures used in the aerospace industry is one of the key areas to achieve greater efficiency and sustainability in future aviation, because a lighter aircraft will mean fuel saving and environmental respect.

This is the reason why CATEC has launched in this field a new service for topology optimization that can achieve large reduction in weight but keeping their properties and mechanical requirements.

Thanks to new computational methods, optimization may be led to a more complex level of analysis in a static, dynamic, plastic, modal or impact level, among others, which can be considered during the optimization process.

The development of this methodology has a wide field for additive manufacturing technologies due to the great possibilities in terms of design (very complex geometries).

CATEC has done an important work in this field, such as the structural optimization of the connector of support for the payload adapter (ACU) and the space launcher VEGA, both developed with Airbus Defence & Space.

For further information about this service, please contact Materials and Processes area.

July 31st 2015
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