Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: FoF-12-2015 | Award Amount: 4.72M | Year: 2015
Global trends force industry to manufacture lighter, safer, more environmentally-friendly, more performant, and cheaper products. Due to its excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, copper is widely used in heating and cooling equipment and electrical devices. The rising demand caused the copper price to increase significantly. Solving the conflict between the technological benefits arising from the excellent properties of copper and the disadvantages regarding cost and weight is possible by substituting current full copper parts by copper-aluminium hybrid parts. Within JOINEM, such components will be produced by electromagnetic pulse welding (EMW). EMW is a high-speed joining technology using pulsed magnetic fields. The joint is formed without heat, but due to the impact of the joining partners. Disadvantages associated with conventional technologies are avoided and high-quality dissimilar material combinations can be joint. In JOINEM, strategies for the process and tool design shall be developed for joining copper-aluminium connections and for 2 other specific material combinations. Profile-shaped components as well as sheet metal applications will be regarded. For joint optimisation, surface preparation, design of the joint geometry, and other aspects will be investigated. A multi scale simulation strategy will be developed for determination of acting loads, deformation, impacting conditions, joint formation, and load capacity of the joint. Designing durable and efficient tools is an indispensable prerequisite for the industrial implementation of the technology and will be addressed in the project. The applicability of the process design strategy shall be validated based on industrial applications. Process and equipment design strategies will be evaluated in an industrial setting. This includes automation and quality control, economic efficiency calculations, life-cycle, and recycling issues, to demonstrate and quantify the advantages of EMW.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: SMEInst-09-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2016
CHESS (Cegasa Hybrid Energy Storage Solution) is a new electrochemical energy storage system to save and provide energy to agents around the electrical grid system relating to solve the instability of power generation and periodical peak-through fluctuation on the electrical grid. These kinds of necessities are more remarkable when the renewable energy sources penetration in the grid is very high intensive but also in weak grids or small grids (islands, isolated microgrids). Energy storage systems are identified as systems that can store between 200 KWh and 2 MWh of electricity but using modular products this range can be easily expanded between 10 KWh and 10 MWh. The new CHESS from CPE is a modular storage system combining two different electrochemistries, lithium-ion and zinc-rechargeable, in order to guarantee high peak power and sufficient energy flow at the optimum cost. This new system is also open for other applications such as road transport (trucks, BUS, industrial electrical vehicle, etc.) The most interesting characteristic of CHESS is the capability to adjust to customers needs thanks to the combination of both mentioned technologies. Starting from the electric demand profile of the final application, this product is designed to follow the power profile using the different response of each technology as well as the specific degradation taking into account that this kind of application has to be operative during tens of years. Because of this adjustment available energy is very efficiently used and the final cost of the solution is minimized.
Portable | Date: 2016-06-21
Described herein are methods, devices and systems for simple organization, visualization and use of genome data (e.g. human genome data) on electronic devices (e.g. portable devices). In some embodiments, the data are organized and/or visualized according to phenotype traits, genes, and/or markers in a similar manner to the organization and/or visualization of digital music contents. This concept allows a new procedure for genomic data organization and facilitates the development of genomic data visualization tools. The methods described herein can be implemented with consumer-oriented software on electronic devices, computers, and portable devices, for the use of genomic related data in the field of personalized medicine for predictive, preventive and participative wireless healthcare.
Portable | Date: 2016-02-02
A device for producing x-rays includes: a housing that includes a folded high-voltage multiplier coupled to a filament transformer, the transformer coupled to an x-ray tube for producing the x-rays. A method of fabrication and an x-ray source are disclosed.
Portable | Date: 2016-07-19
An embodiment of a laser induced breakdown system is described that comprises a portable device that includes: a laser configured to produce a beam comprising a plurality of repeating pulses; a processor configured to open a data acquisition window after a delay period, wherein the delay period begins upon production of one of the pulses; one or more optical elements configured to direct the beam at a sample and collect emitted light from a plasma continuum; and an optical detector configured to produce a plurality of signal values from the emitted light from the plasma continuum collected during the data acquisition window, wherein the processor is configured to identify an element from the signal values.
Portable | Date: 2016-05-16
A centralizer for centralizing a pipe is provided which collaborates the spring force of its bow springs. The centralizer includes a pair of end collars, and at least one center collar. Each of the collars has a center hole for coaxially receiving a pipe. In addition, the centralizer includes a plurality of longitudinally extending and arcuate bow springs having ends which affix to the end collars. The centralizer includes linkage arms which connect the center collar to the bow springs. The linkage arms may provide additional outward spring force against the bow springs. Preferably, the centralizer includes a mechanism for forcing the bow springs radially inward from their at rest position.
Portable | Date: 2016-05-17
The embodiments of the present invention are directed to applying intimate contact pressures to samples while undergoing ATR infrared interrogation. As a general mode of operation, after a solid sample is placed on the ATR element, a force actuator moves an anvil arm to apply a contact force to the sample against the ATR. Thereafter, when the scan is over, the user can see the result of the one or more scans. The force actuator may be a motor or a solenoid or other type of force actuator. The applied contact force may be a fixed force or may be a user-selectable force or may be automatically controlled through feedback from the spectrometer based on the spectroscopic signature of the sample material.
Portable | Date: 2016-01-15
A method of identifying the presence of heroin in an impure heroin composition which contains heroin and at least one fluorescent contaminant which interferes with a Raman signal from the heroin. The method may include contacting the mixture with a solvent such as an alcohol, then contacting the resulting alcohol composition with a SERS surface. The surface may then be exposed to laser light from a hand-held Raman spectrometer to detect a Raman signal from the heroin. An apparatus for performing the method is also provided.
Portable | Date: 2016-02-17
A stop collar for pipes or shafts is provided for restricting objects from sliding lengthwise along the length of a pipe or shaft. The stop collar is ring-shaped and includes a leading edge which is angled from perpendicular to the pipes longitudinal axis. The angled leading edge provides the leading edge with a proximal engagement point and a distal engagement point. Longitudinal force on the distal engagement point, by an object such as a tool or sensor, causes the stop collar to cock relative to the pipe or shaft. This cocking of the stop collar effects a braking function to prevent the stop collar from sliding longitudinally along the pipe.
Portable | Date: 2016-02-17
A reactor containing one or more spiral paths adapted to facilitate the reaction of feed stock, syn-gas with a catalyst or catalysts, for the purpose of synthesizing multiple longer chains of hydrocarbons where there the reactor is further adapted to manage the inflow of syn-gas feed stock, the outflow of hydrocarbon products the recycling of catalysts to ensure minimal maintenance interruptions, where the solid catalyst nodules are of a geometry and size contusive to fluid like movement through the reactor and through a regenerative catalysts management operation. The unit operates with minimal support infrastructure.