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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SEC-2007-2.1-01 | Award Amount: 1.84M | Year: 2009

To develop adequate and well accepted security for mass transportation in Europe and the citizens affected by it, is a formidable task. The malicious threats, particularly those posed by terrorists, require a comprehensive approach: if security improvements are patchy, perpetrators are likely to find the loopholes left. With their open access points and interconnections, surface mass transportation systems are highly vulnerable, while it is technically and economically, impossible for the multiple operators to employ security measures similar to those used at airports. With eight technology and security analysis RTOs, four transportation industries and system integrators and two transportation consultancies many with previous experience of working together in projects like SeNTRE and STACCATO DEMASST is exceptionally well prepared to take on the dual challenges of analysis and networking necessary to define and achieve commitment for the strategic roadmap for the Phase 2 Demonstration project. DEMASST will develop a highly structured approach to the demonstration programme built on identifying the main security gaps and the most promising integrated solutions, utilising sufficiently mature technologies, for filling them. In the type of Concept Development & Experimentation approach proposed the experiments must be designed and analysed so as to be maximally informative. Given the vast variation in mass transportation systems an effective demonstration programme must also identify synergies between demo tasks and use less costly methods than full scale demonstration whenever that helps a broader awareness. DEMASST proposes to build the methodological infrastructure for this. But an optimal demo project design does not stop with finding scientific answers: the issue of turning demonstration into innovation is top on DEMASSTs agenda. And this approach will have utility also beyond transportation.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.1.3 | Award Amount: 3.96M | Year: 2011

Up to now, much work has been performed on the catalyst but much on the active layers structure and on the two other major components (carbon and electrolyte) whereas they do have a major impact on the MEAs performance and on Pt utilization. Based on this analysis, PEMICAN proposes to reduce the Pt loading for automotive application down to 0.15 gram of Pt per kW, by a twofold approach: 1.to increase Pt utilization and power density by improving effective transport properties of ALs by tuning some properties of the electrolyte and by adding special carbon blacks in order to improve catalyst, electrolyte distribution and water management; 2.to reduce Pt loading by controlling its distribution: very thin layer on the anode side and gradients of Pt on the cathode side. These structured layers will be defined in order to optimise the utilization of the Pt. The combination of these two approaches will allow reducing the total mass of Pt for a given power density. Whereas the main objective of PEMICAN is to develop and manufacture MEAs with reduced quantity of Pt, it is supported by numerical modelling to help defining the best Pt distribution. Special structural and electrochemical characterizations will be done to improve the existing models and to analyse the performance of our MEAs as a function of manufacturing processes and properties of components. Performance and durability tests under automotive conditions will be performed and analysed. PEMICAN will demonstrate gains in terms of Pt cost (g Pt/kW) obtained by improving the design and properties of the ALs. Its results will be useful also In the future when non pure Pt is available. The Consortium is built-up on the expertises of 6 European organisations with complementary skills: 2 Research Institutes (CEA and INASMET), 1 University (IMPERIAL COLLEGE), 2 industrial suppliers (SOLEXIS, TIMCAL) and 1 automotive OEM (OPEL). Among these partners, 4 of them are active members of the FCH JTI.


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2013-11-13

The invention relates to a waste treatment furnace and method. The method consists of the following steps: a molten metal bed is generated, which moves in a forward direction such as to define a closed circuit in a cyclical and continuous manner, the surface of said bed including at least one essentially-slag-free segment; waste is loaded onto the aforementioned essentially-slag-free segment and said waste is dragged by the molten metal bed such that it floats in the forward direction; the waste is retained on the surface of the molten metal bed as it moves forward; and the waste is treated under the effect of the constant and continuous heat exchange generated by the movement of the molten metal bed beneath the waste retained thereon.


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2012-06-20

Power take off dispositive for wave energy transformation with at least one hydraulic cylinder coupled to activating means such that the cylinder is capable of generating a predetermined braking torque on an energy capture device such that the PTO can transform a predetermined oscillating movement at low frequency and high torque to continuous, relatively high frequency and low torque able to couple to an electric generator. The power take off of the invention is thus is capable of optimizing the energy conversion for all types of seas and waves.


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2011-06-29

The invention relates to a process and device for polymerizing lactams in molds wherein the monomer, catalyst and initiator are independently fed to a mixing head feeding a mold. The system in turn comprises a series of feeding and recirculation conduits and reservoirs the temperature of which is regulated to perform the polymerization in a controlled manner.


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2012-10-03

The present invention describes an inoculation process for inoculating a nucleating additive to a cast iron alloy in a pouring distributor by means of using a transferred arc plasma torch, with an anode partially immersed in the cast iron alloy and a cathode located on the surface of said alloy, the anode or the cathode or both comprising graphite, preferably synthetic crystalline graphite, which supplies said nucleating additive to the iron alloy. The invention thus describes an inoculation device useful for carrying out the inoculation process.


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2011-06-29

The present invention refers to a porous PEEK-type polymer article comprising a porous PEEK-type polymer structure and presenting at least a trimodal pore distribution. The invention describes a process for the production of said porous PEEK-type polymer article comprising: a) contacting a PEEK-type polymer with a composition comprising at least a organic solvent, b) heating at a temperature at which the PEEK-type polymer is dissolved, c) adding at least a porogen agent, d) cooling the mixture obtained in c) at a temperature at least equal or lower than the temperature at which the PEEK-type polymer precipitates, e) forming said cooled mixture into a shaped article, f) removing the organic solvent and the porogen agent, and g) recovering the PEEK-type polymer article.


Membrane manipulating and compacting device for obtaining preforms useful in the automated manufacture of composites, comprisinga support structure (1) with a central opening (1.3,1.4), coupleable to a moveable translation element;an elastic membrane (4) covering the central opening (1.3,1.4), and it comprises a smooth upper layer (5) impermeable to air and a lower layer (6) permeable to air provided on its upper face with projections (7) allowing a distribution of a vacuum applied by means of a vacuum connector (9) which opens between said layers (5,6) for suctioning air through the lower layer (6) and between the projections (7), for retaining a fiber fabric sheet (13) in the lower layer (6) by the action of the vacuum;these layers (5,6) being hermetically joined at their peripheries and made of an elastically flexible material such that when they are overlain on a preforming mold (3), an air-tight area is produced in the molding area and a vacuum and/or pressure is applied, and they deform adopting the geometry of the mold (3).


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2012-06-20

The present invention relates to Hadfield steel and method for obtaining the same, which steel has better mechanical properties than basic Hadfield steel, without detriment to any of them, which has a homogenous grain size distribution, thus allowing new applications, having the following chemical composition:0.90 to 1.35% by weight of C,11.00 to 14.00% by weight of Mn,0.80% maximum by weight of Si,0.07% maximum by weight of P,0.05% maximum by weight of S andan amount of hafnium greater than or equal to 0.01 % and less than 0.1 % by weight, the rest being iron and impurities associated with iron, and where the percentages are expressed by weight with respect to the total weight of the steel.


Patent
Fundacion Inasmet | Date: 2011-11-23

The invention relates to a method of manufacture and a photovoltaic module made up of at least one photovoltaic cell and its corresponding electrical connections, and a composite comprising a matrix of thermosetting polymer resin, fiberglass reinforcing elements, the fiberglass being in fabric form previously treated for its subsequent transparency after the impregnation with a resin, at least in the front part of the cell, and in which the photovoltaic cell is completely embedded in the composite. This allows the module to be self-supporting and simplifies the method of manufacture.

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