DESTINY Project in AMPERE Newsletter

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AMPERE (Association for Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education) is a non-profit association devoted to the promotion of microwave and radio frequency heating techniques for research and industrial applications. It has a world-wide membership domain which comprises industrialists, academics and consultants.

In the 101 issue of AMPERE newsletter, the Microwave Division published a description of H2020 project DESTINY, as an example of funded project including research and technology transfer activities. This combination plays an important role in the association’s interests, since co-operation between industry and academic institutions is a fundamental objective of the association.

AMPERE Newsletter covers various aspects related to RF and microwave heating technologies. The Newsletter publishes short topical articles, as well as R&D profiles, conference reports, events and news items. It also highlights on promising new research developments to emanate from academy and industry. As an open-access publication, all articles as well as the entire Newsletter issues, are fully available online.

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17th International Conference on Microwave and HF Heating: AMPERE 2019

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DIMAS group is very pleased to announce that the 17th International Conference on Microwave and High Frequency Heating: AMPERE 2019 will be held on the 9th-12th September 2019 in the Universitat Politècnica de València. This conference is the largest event in Europe dedicated to scientific and industrial applications of microwave and radiofrequency power systems.

The AMPERE conference is a unique opportunity for the presentation and discussion of the most recent advances in the microwave technology and its applications. The conference provides many opportunities to researchers and engineers from academia and industry to exchange innovative ideas, networking, discuss collaborations and to meet with international experts in a wide variety of specialities of microwave and high frequency technologies at both scientific and industrial scale.

A broad range of microwave and radio frequency related topics, from materials and technologies to high power systems and applications will be addressed in all their aspects: theory, simulation, design, measurement and applications. You can find the first call for abstracts here.

Workshops, Short Courses and Special Sessions will be organized focusing on the main topics of the Conference. AMPERE 2019 also offers an outstanding exhibition opportunity, visit the conference webpage for further information.

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DIMAS participates in a new european project: DESTINY

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The microwave division of ITACA participates in the new European project DESTINY: Development of an Efficient Microwave System for Material Transformation in energy INtensive processes for an improved Yield (H2020-NMBP-SPIRE-2018).

With 14 partners covering 9 European countries, DESTINY pursues the introduction of the “first-of-a-kind” high temperature microwave processing system at industrial level, offering a variety of vital benefits to energy intensive sectors (ceramic pigments, steel and clay sectors): reduced energy consumption, lower lifetime operating costs and enhanced sustainability profile. DESTINY will give these sectors the chance to replace their standard heating technologies averagely cutting by 30% the required energy for production and decreasing the CO2 emissions.

DIMAS activities within the project aim to realize a functional, green and energy saving, scalable and replicable solution, employing microwave technology for continuous material processing in the considered energy intensive industries.

The DESTINY Kickoff meeting was held in Brussels (30th-31st of October 2018), being a great opportunity for the partners to get the key information needed to succeed and to demonstrate their enthusiasm and understanding of the new project.

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DIMAS at IGARSS2018

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The Microwave Division of ITACA has participated in the 38th annual symposium of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) [IGARSSS 2018] held in Valencia from July 22nd to 27th, 2018.

Dimas has published a paper in collaboration with ARAMCO SERVICES COMPANY in Houston (Texas-USA) that shows the permittivity of Shale at different frequencies from 1 GHz to 3.5 GHz with a Dimas equipement based on a resonant TM0np cavity and measurements performed at different harmonics.

The method has been validated with Rexolite values with an excellent match.

DIMAS at the EuMW Conference 2018

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The Microwave Division of ITACA will participate as exhibitor in European Microwave Week 2018 Conference that will be held in Madrid, Spain from the 23rd to the 28th of September.

Bringing industry and academia together, EuMW 2018 is a SIX day event, including three cutting edge conferences and one technology exhibition. EuMW 2018 provides access to the very latest products, research and initiatives in the microwave sector. It also offers the opportunity for face to face interaction with those driving the future of microwave technology.

In our booth (No. 14), people will be able to see:

  • Innovative microwave equipment for processing and synthesis of high-tech materials with unique properties.
  • Advanced technology for testing and characterization of electromagnetic properties of materials from room to high temperatures (>1000ºC).
  • Equipment for in situ combination of different techniques (i.e. simultaneous dielectric and Raman spectroscopy) during microwave processing, allowing a fine-tuning control and a deeper understanding of microwave-matter interaction.
  • Our expertise in electromagnetic modeling and design of microwave equipment for emerging challenges and novel applications.

Some recent results about electromagnetic characterization obtained with our technology will be presented in the conference as well:

  • David Marques-Villarroya et al., “Extended Full-Wave Analysis of a Multimode Circular Cavity with Insertion Hole”

Paper at the European Microwave Week

Dimas group participated in the European Microwave Week that was held in Nuremberg in October 2017, with the paper entitled “Analysis of an Overmoded Re-Entrant Cavity“. It was authored by David Marques-Villarroya, Felipe Penaranda-Foix, Beatriz Garcia-Banos, Jose Manuel Catala-Civera, Jose Daniel Gutierrez-Cano.

The paper deals with the well knows reentrant cavity, but taking into account the complete set of modes and presenting a chart to fully charaterize the cavity. It is based on the Circuit Analisys Method, being developed in the Microwave Division of ITACA Research Institute since some years ago.

The paper was selected for a short video presentation that can be found here and also in this YouTube link:

Best Poster Award in GCMEA Conference

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DiMaS group has participated in the Third Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications -GCMEA-. Our contribution entitled “Study of microwave thermal processes through in situ Raman and dielectric spectroscopy” was awarded with the Best Poster Award of the conference. We congratulate our researcher J.D. Gutiérrez for the quality of his work.

In the poster, it was explained that the use of microwave energy for materials processing is well known, however, the heating mechanisms and the particular thermal behavior of materials under high frequency electromagnetic fields is still a matter of research.  Recent works highlight the need of further investigations to understand the microwave-matter interactions behind the materials thermal processes.

The strategy presented in the poster consists of linking the information given by dielectric properties to the thermal processes that occur in the material. To this end, Raman spectroscopy is applied to obtain information about the microstructure and the chemo-physical changes in the materials. The in situ combination of both techniques (dielectric and Raman) in real time during microwave processing gives useful and innovative information about the heating mechanisms of different materials.

DIMAS at GCMEA Congress 2016

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The Microwave Division of ITACA will participate as an exhibitor in the Third Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications -GCMEA- that will be held in Cartagena, Spain from the 25st to the 29th of July.

Organized every four years, the GCMEA Congress is the place to be for scientists, students and industrialists willing to have a direct access to one of the largest community of international experts of microwave technology.

In our booth, people will be able to see:

  • Innovative microwave equipment for processing and synthesis of high-tech ceramics with advanced and unique properties.
  • Advanced technology for testing and characterization of electromagnetic properties of materials from room to high temperatures (>1000ºC).
  • Equipment for real-time combination of different testing techniques (i.e. simultaneous dielectric and Raman spectroscopy) during microwave processing, allowing a fine-tuning control and a deeper understanding of microwave-matter interaction.
  • Our expertise in electromagnetic modeling and design of microwave equipment for emerging challenges and novel applications.

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Jose M. Catalá will be one of the worldwide recognized personalities who will provide a Plenary Lecture on the most updated state of the art in MW Science and Technology.

Some recent results about microwave processing and characterization obtained with our technology will be presented in the conference as well:

• B. García-Baños, D. Poparova, J.D. Gutierrez-Cano, P.J. Plaza-González, “Study of microwave thermal processes through in situ Raman and dielectric spectroscopy”
• A. Borrell, A. Presenda, M.D. Salvador, F.L. Peñaranda, J.M. Catala-Civera and P. Plaza-Gonzalez, “Effect of microwave mechanisms to fabricate efficient bioceramic components”
• H. Nigar, B. Garcia-Baños, F.L. Peñaranda-Foix, J. M. Catalá-Civera, R. Mallada and J. Santamaría, “Dynamic Measurement of Dielectric Properties of different Zeolite Y sorbents at high temperature”
• F.L. Penaranda-Foix, D. Marques-Villarroya, A.J. Canos-Marin and J.D. Gutierrez-Cano, “Dielectric measurements with a kind of TM0np at different harmonics”
• B. García-Baños, E. Ognyanova Tsvetkova, G. Llorens-Vallés and J.M. Catalá-Civera, “Microwave heating of powders at high temperature: effect of grain size and bulk density”
• A.M. López-Buendía, B. García-Baños, J. Bastida, G. Llorens-Vallés, M.M. Urquiola and J.M. Catalá-Civera, “Microwave calcination of clays”

DIMAS participation in BRAVO EIP

Logo_BavoBRAVO is a European Innovation Partnership focused on advanced metal recovery, with the following objectives:

  • To boost the innovation capacity of the aluminum value chain with respect to secondary raw materials recovery
  • The creation of new value chains for the recovered raw materials from by-products of the manufacturing process
  • To test the viability of solutions and holistic processing concepts
  • To increase the impact of research , innovations and achieve technology transfer
  • To promote socially acceptable, environmentally responsible and economically viable technologies
  • Waste as a resource: generation of a more valuable waste which can be processed to recover critical raw materials

DIMAS contributes with a wide expertise in the development of low and high temperature continuous-flow processing of rotary1materials with electromagnetic energy. This can be applied in the following BRAVO key areas:

  • Al-Source: Microwave technology for aluminium extraction from bauxite.
  • Al-Ore: Microwave-assisted extraction of iron and high added value metallic concentrates.
  • Al-Build: Microwave technology for artificial aggregate manufacturing and ceramic based materials.

You can find more information at the DIMAS profile within the BRAVO site.

Best Poster Award

DiMaS group in collaboration with CSIC Institute of Ceramic and Glass, has participated in the 15th International Conference on Microwave and High Frequency Heating held in Cracow (Poland) in September, 2015.

Our joint contribution entitled “DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF CERAMIC FRIT UP TO 1200ºC AND CORRELATION WITH THERMAL ANALYSIS”, developed in theAward_01 frame of the european DAPhNE project (DAPHNE- Development of adaptive ProductioN systems for Eco-efficient firing processes), has been awarded with the Best Poster Award of the conference.

This award confirms the increasing interest on the in situ dielectric characterization of materials under microwave processing at high temperatures (>1000ºC), and its use for the identification of thermal processes induced by the high-frequency electromagnetic fields.

This work, as other similar shown in publications tab, is the result of years of collaboration between both research groups in the field of microwave-sintering of materials with microwave power with in-situ dielectric characterization.