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Material Optimization for Data Driven Design engineeRing in Non-linear applications

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Research Group on Material Optimization for Data Driven Design engineeRing in Non-linear applications

Acronym: MOD3RN


Research topics

FEM (finite element method) for powder materials during compaction and sintering process by Spark Plasma Sintering technique. SPS is a relatively new technique that allows to manufacture sintered technical ceramic parts in a short time. An accurate study of the process is necessary to obtain a proper fabrication and the optimums final properties of the material. The University have a project to simulate by FEM the SPS technique to obtain the tailor properties.

Improved the mechanical properties of Magnesium alloys by. This is a project in collaboration with CENIM-CSIC for study the improved of mechanical properties of Mg alloys with rare earth. This alloys can be used in automotive industry.

Design for making by Additive Manufacturing. It is a new project (without finance yet) for integrate in the phase of design of a new element the characteristics of additive manufacturing. In this way , the topological optimization is guide to optimize the builing by additive manufaturing. In this project participate more peaple from other groups in the university.

Tribomechanical characterization for alloys obtained by Metal Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy Additive manufacturing is the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material is currently being developed. It is necessary to ensure that the properties of pieces obtained by Selective Laser Melting (SLM) are feasible. However some alloys only can be fabricated by PM.
Pieces of Ti-6Al-4V, Stainless Steel and other ferrous alloys manufactured by SLM and PM will be characterized to obtain the tribomechanical properties.

Wastes recovery of siderurgy industry Steel industry wastes are an environmental problem for the industry. In this project we are studying ways of reutilization of the muds for increase its value.

Thin films processing for the obtaining of BiFeO3-B4Ti3O12 based-multiferroic thin films thorough a sustainable methodology in an aqueous medium, and the subsequent study of their ferroelectric and ferromagnetic response to evaluate its potential applications in microelectronic devices. This research line includes the following research sublines:

  • 1. The use of a sustainable methodology to obtain multiferroic thin films. To date, well-defined layered composites with a precise control over the interfaces have been fabricated by using sophisticated thin film deposition technologies like PLD, MBE, RF magnetron sputtering. All these techniques however involve high energy operations in terms of temperature and/or vacuum, unavoidably exerting a harmful contribution to the global climate but also restraining the spectrum of accessible materials (e.g. non-volatile substances). Visibly superlative benefits, such as simplicity, economic efficiency, or environmental benevolence can be achieved from the use of feasible sustainable processing technologies (e.g. wet chemical methods), if and when a well-matched interface between the two phases would be still guaranteed. In this view, an effective alternative could be a chemical solution deposition based on a combined sol–gel plus spin-coating procedure. The main limitation of this methodology might be found in the implicit toxicity of certain organic solvents, involved in the synthesis of the precursor solutions. However, this restraint can be overcome by applying the so-called aqueous solution-gel methodology, where precursors of the metals of interest are dissolved in an aqueous medium.
  • 2. Constraint considerations associated with the simultaneous presence of magnetism and ferroelectricity typically lead to low critical temperatures in single-phase structures, making their multiferroic response unpractical. Such limitations have redirected efforts to a more realistic approach, which is the fabrication of heterogeneous composite systems, in which the different order parameters need not to coexist in the same phase. In this case, BiFeO3 would be the magnetic counterpart while B4Ti3O12 the ferroelectric one. To succeed, it is essential to achieve optimal coupling between the crystalline structures at the interface between both materials.

Research Projects

Directed Assembly of Functional Ceramics at the Nanoscale: Phosphor Materials and Multiferroic Systems

  • Nº de expediente: MAT2016-80182-R
  • Entidad financiadora: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades.
  • Periodo de ejecución: 2016-2019

Additive manufacturing by electron beam or titanium alloy laser

  • MAT2015-68919-C3-1-R (MINECO/FEDER)
  • Research Collaboration with CENIM-CSIC

Design of complex microstructures using SPS

  • MCINN-MAT2009-09600
  • Research Collaboration with ICV-CSIC

Ceramic materials with cellular periodic structure for thermal systems

  • RTI2018-095052-B-I00 (Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades)


Responsible PR

PhD. Rafael Barea del Cerro
rbarea@nebrija.es Abbreviated CV ORCID
PhD. Carlos Gumiel Vindel Researcher cgumiel@nebrija.es Abbreviated CV ORCID External Researcher Omar Diaz Luque Doctoral student ORCID Adrián González Martín Doctoral student agonzalezma@nebrija.es Abbreviated CV ORCID
Bryan W. Chavez Abregú Doctoral student ORCID PhD. Carolina Mendoza Parra Researcher cmendozap@nebrija.es Abbreviated CV ORCID PhD. Sergio Corbera Caraballo Researcher scorbera@nebrija.es Abbreviated CV ORCID