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


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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