Vibration and Acoustics

this division has expertise in the branch of Mechanics that comprises
acoustics and vibrations

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Our laboratory facilities of 300 m2 are ready to perform any kind of acoustic and vibration test. Several data acquisition systems, instrumentation and sensors will assist you to find the optimal test setup for your research purposes.

we support industries in all those research, development and innovation activities that involve acoustics or vibration challenges

current innovation research trends

  • Active Noise Control. Theoretical study and optimization of the positioning of the necessary transducers in the control system. Application of active control systems in industrial machinery such as ventilation systems or transformers. Application of active control systems in openings. Carrying out experimental measurements. Reduction of low frequency noise in specific areas through the use of active application barriers in the field of construction.

  • Environmental noise management. Environmental Acoustics: Sound characterization of urban and non-urban spaces. Sound characterization of outdoor and indoor spaces. Development of noise maps, capacity maps and action plans. Design and operation of low cost acoustic sensor networks. Acoustic impact of leisure and transport infrastructures. Effects of noise on health.

  • Location and characterization of sound sources of industrial and domestic machinery. Sound intensity measurements. Aeroacoustics. Application to machinery noise reduction.

  • Prediction and control of vibrations and noise induced by rail traffic. Forecast in the design phase for new railway lines. Prediction for buildings and singular cases by hybrid methods (experimental / numerical). Prediction of the effect of corrective solutions, such as blankets under ballast, floating slab track, low rigidity fixings ... Vibration measurements on tracks, tunnels, ground surface and buildings according to ISO 2631, ISO 10815 and ISO 14837. Dynamic characterization of low and high frequency tracks and components (ISO 10846, UNE 13481, UNE 13146, DIN 45673-5). Predictive models for interaction problems between pantograph and catenary. Specialty in rigid catenary. EN 50367 and EN 50318.

  • Prediction of noise and vibrations induced by construction activities in nearby buildings. Experimental measures.

  • Design of vibration energy reuse systems for remote sensing systems.

  • Predictive maintenance procedure based on acoustic emission (very high frequency vibration). The detection of structural faults by acoustic emission has the advantage that it detects changes in the microscopic phase and allows maintenance tasks to be anticipated well in advance. This technique can be applied for the detection of multitude of phenomena, such as leak detection, structural integrity, corrosion detection.

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