The research and development projects in mechanical systems developed at Lactec have a strong link with the electrical sector and industry in general.
From the multidisciplinary work developed by researchers in the field of mechanics, our clients have concrete results of research, development, and complementary tests. They have access to the latest technologies and new developments for application in the industrial and power generation, transmission, and distribution sectors.
Our main differentials are the qualification of our professionals and laboratory structure; thus our R&D is focused on:
- Training and simulation environments: development of simulation-based training and capacity building systems for knowledge management, using artificial intelligence;
- Structural integrity, instrumentation, and testing: structural analysis and determination of the remaining life of components and structures. Structural monitoring, diagnosis, damage prognosis, fault detection, failure prediction and other aspects of operational safety;
- Cables and accessories: Projects related to simple conductor or cable bundle vibrations, ampacity, behavior of cables under high temperatures, reconducting, reconditioning of lines through retensioning and conductor lifetime studies under special conditions;
- Welding and thermal spraying: Welding processes and techniques, including the development of new technologies for welding special materials, new processes such as plasma powder and plasma wire, and automated welding. Development of coating processes and techniques using thermal spray techniques (metallization). Development of metal alloys and ceramics for increased resistance to wear, oxidation and degradation mechanisms in general. Development and deposition of coatings resistant to cavitation wear and degradation at elevated temperatures (1200 °C).
- Alternative Energies: Wind Turbine Map and Blade Development Projects.
- Biomass: Projects for energy generation from residual biomass from effluent treatment.
- Assessment of unregulated vehicle and particulate emissions from different types of fuels and vehicles.
These are some of the R&D projects already developed by our researchers:
- Advanced Cavitation Resistant Materials – New Materials;
- Development of Cavitation Resistant Alloys and New Repair Procedures for ASTM A743 CA6NM Steel Rotors for Plasma and MIG Welding Deposition and Thermal Aspersion;
- Development of Thermodynamic Technique for Yield Measurement of Flow Machines;
- Structural Integrity Analysis of Forced Ducts;
- Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Substation Transformers;
- Flexible riser mesh failure identification;
- PPGM – Prepaid Gas Meter;
- DETAC – Acoustic railcar bearing defect detector; Ground cables;
- Bolometer (Distribution Line Inspection Tool);
- Roboturb (Robotized Turbine Recovery);
- Computational Platform for Training of Hydroelectric Power Plant Operators with Focus on Non-Technical Skills from the perspective of Resilience Engineering; OVMS – Operation and Visual Motion Simulator (Prototype for the training of thermal power plant operators);
- Development of a high-performance anaerobic digestion system for the treatment of vinasse aiming at biogas energy exploitation;
- Brazilian wind turbine megawatt class (Phase 1) – Conceptual design.