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Second voice

TALP UPC develops various speech technologies to apply in the medical sector. The aim is to provide a voice synthesizer for patients whose voice was totally or partially lost after surgery that affected their vocal chords. The project is developed as part of the INNPACTO program in conjunction with the universities of Vigo and the Basque Country. TALP UPC’s work focuses on synthesizing the voice of each person by applying connectionist learning models (e.g. neural networks) to the automatic recognition of the speech of people whose voices have been distorted as a result of surgery.

Voice 1 - Voice 2

Developed by: TALP UPC

Smart sensor for early fault detection in industrial machinery

The Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) centre, which is led by PhD. Luis Romeral, together with other European centres and companies, has developed a sensor based on acoustic emissions that is self-powered, smart and capable of automatically establishing a wireless network that helps in the control and maintenance of rotating machinery.

This technology has been developed as part of the Mosycousis European project, which aims to develop a system for monitoring mechanical elements for the early detection of faults in industrial machinery. This project is an example of European public-private collaboration to increase the competitiveness of SMEs.

Smart sensor for early fault detection in industrial machinery

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: MCIA UPC

Shirt for sufferers of hyperhidrosis

Development of a shirt that prevents sweat stains from forming on clothes, designed particularly for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis. The shirt is made from two layers of fabric joined by a new technique that produces an air chamber between the layers. As a result, sweat evaporates and completely disappears, leaving the clothing dry at all times. The fabric that is in contact with the skin is made from very fine, porous microfibers that confer high levels of comfort, thermal conduction and absorption capacity. In addition, the inner fabric layer is treated to increase transpiration. This innovation was developed in collaboration with SUTRAN SL.

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Shirt for sufferers of hyperhidrosis

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: INNOTEX CENTER UPC

Hygienic sanitary pads and tampons made from maximum absorption natural cotton

Innotex Center/CTF, in collaboration with the Cotton High Tech (Cohitech) company, has carried out a project to obtain the first hygienic sanitary pads and tampons made from 100% natural cotton. The use of 100% natural cotton reduces the risk of irritation, itching and allergies in people with sensitive skin. The new sanitary pads and tampons have the same absorption capacity as standard products. This has been achieved by modifying the rheological properties of the fiber, that is, their arrangement within the product, as this is the factor that affects breathability and the capacity to absorb liquids.

Hygienic sanitary pads and tampons made from maximum absorption natural cotton

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: INNOTEX CENTER UPC

Bidirectional three-phase power converter for a microgrid

CITCEA UPC has designed and built a bidirectional three-phase power converter to be used between a battery or supercapacitor energy storage system and an experimental microgrid. This converter enables private power generation, storage and consumption to be integrated into the public grid. Thus, private generation can be considered by the public system as an intelligent, single entity that can supply itself independently, but can also support the grid, supply and consume energy, depending on the needs and/or shortfalls of the public electricity system. The power that is generated is integrated close to where it is consumed, which helps to relieve the power transmission system. The device was developed as part of a tender issued by CENER. CITCEA UPC has a replica of this device in its lab.

Bidirectional three-phase power converter for a microgrid

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Jordi Martin
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 46 90
j.martin@upc.edu

Developed by: CITCEA UPC

Electromagnetic compatibility in aeroplanes

The HIRF-SE European project, which has been carried out over the last four years, has developed numerical simulation methods to assess the electromagnetic compatibility of aeroplanes and helicopters in the design phase and in the final validation for certification. The opportunity to assess the electromagnetic behaviour of the wiring and structure, taking into account the new materials used in aeronautics and before the final prototype of the aircraft is available, helps to considerably shorten the expensive certification and qualification stage.

The UPC’s Electromagnetic Compatibility Group worked on various tasks in this project. It developed post-processing and validation techniques for the simulation results. In addition, it participated in the test campaigns, by carrying out measurements on parts of unmanned helicopters and aeroplanes in the group’s laboratories. In addition, in collaboration with other partners, the group participated in the complete measurements for a helicopter in the facilities of Alenia, the Italian company that is coordinating the project.

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Electromagnetic compatibility in aeroplanes

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Jordi Martin
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 46 90
j.martin@upc.edu

Developed by: GCEM UPC

New storage systems for concentrated solar power

The Heat and Mass Transfer Technology Center (CTTC UPC) is coordinating the KIC InnoEnergy project on thermal energy storage (TES) systems for concentrated solar power (CSP), to reduce such system’s high capital and maintenance costs, develop advanced analytical engineering tools and propose the best, most innovative solutions.
 
CTTC UPC has completed the beta version of two codes (STES and LTES), which are two innovative simulation tools for in-depth thermal and fluid analysis of storage systems for sensitive and latent heat. The codes can be used for i) advanced simulation analysis in relatively short computation times, ii) simulation of a wide range of storage systems (double tank, thermocline, etc.) iii) the analysis of different modes of operation of a plant, iv) special treatment of latent heat storage systems via encapsulated phase change materials, and v) economic analysis of energy stores to obtain minimum investment and operating costs. (Credit photo: Gemasolar Central Tower CSP plant).

New storage systems for concentrated solar power

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: CTTC UPC

Smart Grids for rural environments

On 4 and 5 February, CITCEA UPC attended the kick-off meeting for the Smart Rural Gridproject that is funded by the EU (FP7). The aim of the project is to validate new technologies and devices for active smart grid management in rural environments. Consumers will be directly involved in managing electricity demand, and a system for forecasting and managing load balance and congestion will be developed, in order to simplify and facilitate the incorporation of renewable energy sources. The response time for critical services is expected to be in the order of milliseconds.


The three-year project is coordinated by Estabanell i Pahisa Energia, and has a budget of 3.2 million euros.

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Jordi Martin
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 46 90
j.martin@upc.edu

Developed by: CITCEA UPC

Eequipment for modelling subsidence

CDEI UPC & CITCEA UPC have developed a new subsidence modelling equipment that can measure the temperature and pressure on the cut edge and apply high pressures and cutting speeds to an analysed sample of land. This will reveal in greater detail the characteristics of land that is prone to subsidence, in order to avoid building on such sites or in surrounding areas. In the long-term, the equipment can help to reduce the material and human damage caused by constructing buildings and public works on unstable land. The equipment will enable experimentation with the thermal-hydraulic-mechanical model created in the UPC’s ETCG, and will help to validate a theory to predict the appearance of rapid subsidence.

Eequipment for modelling subsidence

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: CDEI UPC

New textile structure for orthopedic fabric

INNOTEX CENTER/CFT has designed a new textile structure with shape memory and controlled elasticity that is comprised of new threads with a complex structure that can adapt to the profile of sensitive feet. The fabric is particularly useful for diabetics who may develop foot ulcers and skin problems that are often caused by rubbing against shoes and are related to a loss of feeling in the feet. The new structure has bactericidal properties (to prevent foot odour); antiviral, antifungal, anti-algae and anti-spore treatments; and a system to warm the feet in a controlled way. The project was carried out in collaboration with Proorto, an orthopedic textile manufacturer that is already marketing the new fabric.

 New textile structure for orthopedic fabric

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: INNOTEX CENTER UPC

Technology for translating patents

The Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC) has participated in the development of a set of tools to produce real-time, high quality translations of texts into different languages. On the basis of hybridization between syntactic-semantic grammars and statistical machine translation, TALP UPC has created a tool for the automated translation of patents in three languages (English, French and German). This technology has been developed as part of the MOLTO European project.

Technology for translating patents

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Jordi Martin
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 46 90
j.martin@upc.edu

Developed by: TALP UPC

High performance suspension for lorries with several axles

The Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC), in collaboration with Gutmar, has studied and designed a high performance suspension system for heavy goods vehicles and lorries with several axles (such as fire engines, breakdown lorries or racing trucks).

The main advantage of semi-active suspension over passive suspension is that it enables each wheel to be controlled independently, which increases both the vehicle’s road holding capacity and driving safety. Gutmar SA manufactures and carries out maintenance on hydraulic suspension cylinders for four-wheel-drive vehicles and is a leading supplier of precision parts for the aerospace industry.

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Enric Bosa
Senior Industrial Liason Officer

Tel.: +34 93 405 44 19
enric.bosa@upc.edu

Developed by: LABSON UPC