CIM-URJC research group is constituted by professors and researchers or the Rey Juan Carlos University. The group was created in 1999 and nowadays is formed by 13 PhD staff members, 7 predoctoral URJC researchers and other 5 predoctoral students more which are doing their doctoral thesis in collaboration with other research centres and companies (AIRBUS, FIDAMC, FUYMA, INTA, CIEMAT). The group is organized in five R&D areas:
- Multifuctional polymeric matrix composites: in this research area, the procedures of synthesis and dispersion of carbon nanostructures (CNF, CNT y graphene) into thermosetting polymers or grown on carbon fibres are studied. These nanocomposites are used as doped matrices in multiscale carbon fibre composite and to develop electric and thermal conductive adhesives and coatings. The development of multifunctional behaviour (structural health monitoring structures, self-healing capability, thermal interface materials, de-icing and anti-icing, ray-strike protection) are the main objective for these materials. These researches has been financed by national, European (Clean-Sky programme) and private (AIRBUS, REPSOL, CEIS) funds.
- Light alloys and surface engineering: the optimization of moulding procedures for light alloys and MMCs (Al and Mg) are researched for increase durability and damage tolerance in transport applications. The modification of the surface microstructure or coating of this light material using different techniques, such as thermal spraying (HVOF), laser-cladding, sol-gel, etc.; is one of the main ways to improve its behaviour against erosion, wear, corrosion and even fatigue. Different kinds of coating have been also applied onto CFRP substrates to obtain multifunctionality (electric conductivity and erosion resistance) in aerospace structures. These researches has been financed by national and private (FAGOR EDERLAND, FUYMA, AIRBUS D&S) funds.
- Thermal barrier for high temperature applications: the protection of steels components used in thermal turbines for energy generation is been also investigated. The application of ceramic barriers using HVOF techniques following by laser remelting has been shown as a successful and economic way to protect against the high temperature oxidation the steels used for combined-cycle gas and steam turbine power plants. These researches has been financed by national.
- Joint technologies for fusion nuclear applications: since 2006, DCIM-URJC group, in collaboration with CIEMAT, studies the development of low activity-high temperature fillers for brazing different components (W-W and W-Eurofer joints) of the flux divertor, which will be a fundamental part of the European fusion reactor (ITER and DEMO). This research, which include also the development of high vacuum brazing procedures, is one of the objectives of the EUROfusion ITER Programme included in Euratom Horizon 2020 programme.
- Plastic Waste to Alternative Fuels: This research is focused on the minimization and energetic revalorization of plastic waste, by electromagnetic fields. Using High Frequency fields to transform plastic waste into liquid fuels experimental conditions can be greatly improved comparing to traditional processes. Therefore, degradation reactions relevant for plastic wastes are studied using magnetic induction as an aleternative solution for thermal heating to save energy. This research is financed by International funds from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).