The division features a wide variety of technologies for non-destructive characterization and failure analysis of aircraft components such ultrasonic phased array, infrared thermography and laser shearography. Additionally, high detail 3D characterization can be also performed by high detailed X-ray computed tomography.
A second research line comprises the development and design of aerospace components by additive manufacturing, including topology optimization, by means of two AM systems capable of working with based polyamide or metallic materials (like Stainless Steel, Titanium, Aluminum, etc.).
In combination with the capabilities of the area of Structural Testing area, the division have a great potential for mechanical testing of components and structures, involving static and fatigue tests up to 4,000 KN, impact testing, modal analysis, digital image correlation for recording strains and 3D displacements, as well as altitude and HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing) environmental chambers.
The department of Materials & Processes is currently involved in several aerospace projects within the national and international community, in conjunction with customers like AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE (Centro Bahía de Cádiz, Puerto de Santamaría; San Pablo Factory, Sevilla; Tablada Factory, Sevilla; Central Headquarters in Barajas, Madrid), TECNATOM, CT-INGENIEROS, ESA (European Space Agency) APPLUS, ALESTIS AEROSPACE, AERNNOVA, CESA, ARQUIMEA, and from other industrial sectors like GAMESA, TORSA y BSH. Other international partners like IK4 CIDETEC, GKN, FRAUNHOFER IWS and ISC, DLR, TEAMS and the Seville University are collaborating with the M&P department within several national and European R&D projects.