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”

DIMAS at ECerS Conference 2015

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The Microwave Division of ITACA will participate as an exhibitor in ECerS 2015 Conference that will be held in Toledo, Spain from the 21st to the 25th of June.

Organized every two years, the ECerS Conference 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 ceramic science and 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.

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

  • Julian Jiménez Reinosa, Beatriz García-Baños, Jose M. Catalá-Civera, Jose Francisco Fernández Lozano, “Microwave sintering processes for ceramic: microwave kinetic effect”, 14th International Conference of European Ceramic Society, June 2015, Toledo (Spain).
  • Rut Benavente, María D. Salvador, Ana Martínez-Amesti, Felipe Peñaranda-Foix, Adolfo Fernández, Amparo Borrell, “Effect of microcracking evolution on the thermal stability of β-eucryptite materials obtained by conventional and microwave methods”, 14th International Conference of European Ceramic Society, June 2015, Toledo (Spain).
  • Álvaro Presenda, María Dolores Salvador, Pedro J. Plaza-Gonzalez, Eliria Pallone, Julieta Ferreira, Amparo Borrell, “Effect of Microwave Sintering on Hydrothermal Degradation of Zirconia-Toughened-Alumina (ZTA) Composites”, 14th International Conference of European Ceramic Society, June 2015, Toledo (Spain).

DAPhNE: New microwave system for efficient firing processes

Imagen_DAPhNEThe microwave division (DIMAS) of the research institute ITACA participates in the DAPhNE project (DAPHNE- Development of adaptive ProductioN systems for Eco-efficient firing processes). This Project  has received funding from European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)  under grant agreement nº 314636. The project is integrated in the topic NMP. 2012-1, Adaptive production systems and measurement and control equipment for optimal energy consumption and near-to-zero emissions in manufacturing processes.

The overall scope of the DAPhNE project is to develop and demonstrate a package of integrated solutions for energy intensive, firing processes (ceramics, cement and glass), based on self-adaptive control microwave systems, tuning microwave technologies to the material characteristics, yielding real time information about the process energy consumption as well as the product quality.

DIMAS participates in this project designing the new microwave applicator for the high-temperature processing of target materials (ceramics, cement and glass), as well as with the development of new measurement fixtures for the dielectric characterization of materials at microwave frequencies and high-temperatures above 1000ºC.

DAPhNE will contribute to transform the traditional manufacturing in energy-intensive processes, based on consumption of fossil fuels with low control of process capacity, into a completely new flexible, modular, re-configurable, smart and digital factory concept based on:

  • Smart control of high-temperature microwave processes
  • Smart monitoring and control of production lines that incorporate the proposed microwave solutions, capable of maximizing autonomy and interaction capability with existing machinery and ensuring reuse of existing infrastructures.

The main benefits expected from DAPhNE project are:

  • Ultra fast processing of materials based on high-temperature microwave system.
  • Electrical efficiency and therefore energy savings thanks to the advanced system control and the novel microwave production system. The target is to reach an over all energy demand reduction of more than 40%.
  • Possibility to have modular production facilities
  • Sustainability: Up to 85% decrease of CO2 emmisions.

See more at: http://daphne-project.eu.