Production Technologies and Materials
We stand on the brink of an industrial revolution driven by new-generation ICT that is opening new horizons for industry to improve processes and to develop innovative materials, products and services.
Research in this field at ITACA focuses on the use and combination of Key Enabling Technologies, looking for smart and resource-efficient industrial processes, innovative products and services and the generation of new materials with enhanced properties.
Our current research in this field is grouped into the following topics.
Eco-efficient Microwave Heating Technology
ITACA has extensive experience in the application of innovative manufacturing technologies based on high power electromagnetics and the optimization of production processes to increase production efficiency and product quality. We develop microwave applicators for industrial microwave heating as an alternative to more conventional heating technologies.
ITACA is developing new ceramic materials doped with microwave susceptors, and new building materials with advanced properties through energy-efficient microwave processing. We also develop reactors to manufacture new materials with specific properties (such as microstructure), which can be tailored to meet specific needs and applications.
With more than 20 years of experience related to electromagnetic compatibility and the development of numerical methods, ITACA offers its expertise in simulation and resolution of electromagnetic and heat transfer problems through different numerical methods, compliance-oriented design of electromagnetic compatibility of electrical products, and the development of electromagnetic-energy absorbing materials.
Researchers leading this area: L Nuño
Digital Electronic Systems
Research in this topic at ITACA deals with the theory and practical knowledge of systems that operate with discrete signals and how they are implemented in various digital instruments with a wide range of applications, with a special emphasis on the reliability of the systems.
Our research is oriented toward the applications of electronics, controls and communications, instrumentation and computational intelligence for the enhancement of industrial and manufacturing systems and processes. ITACA is a powerful ally in the development or deployment of embedded systems. We also develop efficient solutions to address low-level communications in control systems.
Sensors and Sensor Networks
This topic is dedicated to low-power electronic components, modules, or subsystems whose purpose is to detect events or changes in their environment (whether it be a smart city, a smart factory or the ocean) and send the information to other electronics, allowing the intelligent management of the same. We also design non-invasive microwave-based portable measurement equipment for industrial process monitoring.