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INFINITE Project will have a presence at MATCOMP23

INFINITE – EU Project will be prominently featured at the National Congress of Composite Materials, organized by AEMAC (Asociación Española de Materiales Compuestos) and the University of Oviedo, the 15th edition of the National Congress on Composite Materials will take place at Gijón Convention Center, Spain, from 13th to 15th of June.

MATCOMP has evolved into a significant platform for professionals in the composites industry to exchange knowledge and address the challenges faced by demanding sectors such as aerospace and automotive. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to engage with experts and learn about the groundbreaking developments in our field.

We will be delivering two talks aimed at spreading awareness and knowledge about INFINITE project by our Spanish partners IDEKO Research Center and UPV/EHU.

The first talk will be on the 13th of June at 15:00. Titled “Continuous ferromagnetic microwires for self-sensing structural carbon fiber composites” will be given by Paula Corte from UPV/EHU. It will address the advancements in the development, optimization, and selection of suitable micro wires for the requirements of the INFINITE project. Glass-coated ferromagnetic micro wires have demonstrated their potential use as wireless sensors for composite structural components. They facilitate integration into non-rippling carbon fabrics and the automation of embedding processes in industrial parts. Their integration into composite materials significantly modifies the effective microwave response, enabling the creation of a new sensorized composite material.

The presentation will include the results of preliminary tests conducted at UPV/EHU using carbon fiber composite materials with ferromagnetic micro wire inclusions manufactured by IDEKO. The focus will be on microwave measurements in the free space of these composites and the electromagnetic properties of the selected micro wires.

Arkaitz Uriarte from IDEKO is in charge of the second presentation, entitled “Digitally sensorized aerospace parts from manufacturing to the end of its lifetime”. This session focuses on a system that effectively tracks and monitors the complete lifespan of aerospace components through the utilization of a digital twin.

An innovative system will be showcased to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the aeronautical industry by integrating wireless sensors into structural components. This system enables comprehensive monitoring of the entire aircraft lifecycle. How does this technology operate? The sensors provide valuable data that is used to create a digital twin, representing the part’s lifetime and the corresponding maintenance tasks performed. This enables personalized treatment of each component, determining which parts require replacement and which can be reused or recycled.

As highlighted by Uriarte, this solution serves as a quality assurance system, ensuring that aircraft components meet established standards. Moreover, it optimizes resource utilization to meet the circular economy requirements of the aerospace industry.


MATCOMP is celebrating its 15th edition this year at the Conference Palace in Gijón (Asturias) to present the most recent news in research, development and applications of composite materials.

For three days, composites experts will do presentations, round tables and exhibitions to promote collaboration and innovation.

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