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    Effects of strain aging in NiTi SMA wires for dampers  Open access

     Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Torra, Vicenç; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos
    International Conference on Martensitic Transformations
    p. 189
    Presentation's date: 2014-07-11
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    SMA NiTi wires experience evolution under constrained aging. A strain and temperature aging sequence is designed and experimented, to ascertain the functionality of the dampers exposed to weathering

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    Effect of thermal cycling on CuAlAg shape memory alloys  Open access

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Franch, Raimon
    International Conference on Martensitic Transformations
    p. 143
    Presentation's date: 2014-07-08
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    CuAlAg alloys were syntetized and thermal treatment was obtained to have martensitic transformation. Alloys with high transformation temperature were obtained, but the alloys showed precipitation and formation of equilibrium phases after few thermal cycles

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    Containers movement cost analysis in a maritime terminal  Open access

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Martínez Marín, Jesús Ezequiel; Eguren Martí, María de Lourdes
    International Conference on Maritime Transport
    p. 514-523
    Presentation's date: 2014-06-26
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    Logistics of container movment in a terminal is analyzed. The cost of movements and land use is compared, and conclusions are drawn on the convenient stacking and relative cost

  • Ordering kinetics evaluation of FeAl powders

     Cinca Luis, Nuria; Concustell, Amadeu; Cano, Irene G.; Guilemany, Jose Maria; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio
    Congreso Nacional de Materiales
    p. 95
    Presentation's date: 2014-06-19
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    Se trata la cinética del ordenamiento del intermetalico FeAl por medio de difraccion de R-X a diversas temperaturas, en función del tiempo, con difractogramas resueltos temporalmente en el sincrotron ALBA

  • Yellow is green: An opportunity for energy savings through colour in architectural spaces

     López Besora, Judit; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena; Crespo Cabillo, Isabel; Alonso Montolio, Carlos
    Energy and buildings
    Vol. 78, p. 105-112
    Date of publication: 2014-05-12
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    Today, the building sector is one of the greatest energy consumers of the world. Therefore, it is impor-tant that designers think about strategies to save energy at the different stages of the building process,including during its life. Considering that a great deal of energy will be spent in artificial lighting, animprovement in the performance in front of light of the architecture itself could lead to a better vision ofthe spaces, which depends on the quantity and quality of light available and on the architectural char-acteristics as well. One of the most influential aspects is the colour of the space. Here, a case study ispresented in which three coloured spaces were assessed by observers under different lighting condi-tions. Luminance and illuminance measurements were taken to compare these values with the votesgiven. The results query the correlation between measured values and luminosity of three-dimensionalspaces. As a consequence, the choice of a particular colour may increase the sensation of light in a spaceand, therefore, a reduction of energy use in artificial lighting is possible. In addition, architectural designcan take advantage of colour to improve the visual quality of indoor spaces.

  • Mechanicaland nanoindentation behavior of TiC-NiTi thermal spray coatings

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Villa, Maria; Guilemany Casademont, Josep Maria
    Journal of alloys and compounds
    Vol. 577, num. Supplement 1, p. S277-S281
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2012.05.033
    Date of publication: 2013-11-15
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    The nanoindentation behavior of wear resistant coatings containing TiC–NiTi is studied. The raw material contained 60%weight of TiC and 40%weight of near equiatomic NiTi. The powder was sprayed by plasma and HVOF techniques. Higher temperatures in the plasma spraying produced better matrix melting but also more cracks on cooling. The presence of some amorphous or nanocrystalline phase occurs, at least in some coatings, being this related to the good wear behavior. The projection conditions play an important role on the partial transformation because ofthe decomposition and oxidation ofthe NiTi as a consequence of the temperatures involved during the spray deposition. The nanoindentation measures suggest that, even with the presence of hard TiC particles, partial oxidation and dissociation of NiTi, there is some pseudoelasticity.

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    Urban fabric performance in Mediterranean city : a typology based mass-energy analysis  Open access

     Morganti, Michele; Pages Ramon, Anna; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Cecere, Carlo; Coch Roura, Helena
    CISBAT International Conference Cycle
    p. 581-586
    Presentation's date: 2013-09-04
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    The link between urban form and building energy demand is a complex balance of morphological, constructive, utilization and climatic factor. Especially in European compact city where existing areas prevail on much more energy-efficient new settlements, it is evident that operative ways to transform efficiently the building stock have to be found. Moreover, it is now widely accepted that urban scale has a first rate importance in the building design process and its correlated energy performance. It has been observed that scaling laws are useful in describing the complex structure of urban systems: modern cities have a “metabòlic rate” that approximately follows the living organism scaling laws. Nevertheless, it has not been entirely verified that this connection remains the same while studying the phenomena at the urban and building scale and what kind of relationship between mass and power exists (i.e. energy) depending on typologies and urban form. This study suggests an approach for using mass parameter - representative of built-form - as energy performance evaluation tools on a homogeneous urban texture. Mass is connected to both built-form and technology and these determine, to a great extent, the energy use. In Mediterranean climate, it has been observed that mass has strong relevance on energy demand playing an important role in reducing heating and cooling consumptions. Our work aims at validating this relationship, focusing on widespread urban fabrics of the Mediterranean compact city. Tests on diferent case studies from Barcelona and Rome (analyzed independently in terms of their energy demands and their masses) are carried out. Mass evaluation is based on calculation of effective mass of built elements. Building energy demand is assessed by modelling on multi space dynamic thermal analysis tool. Results presented and discussed point out that heating and cooling energy demand are related to urban fabrics mass and, starting from typological based analysis, it’s possible to estimate it. This work is a broader treatment of a research study about one possible way to comprehend “metabolic rate” scaling law concerning urban fabric. Such knowledge-base could giving hints to conscious and effective built environament transformations towards more efficient conditions.

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    The Perception of light affected by colour surfaces in indoor spaces  Open access

     López Besora, Judit; Coch Roura, Helena; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Alonso Montolio, Carlos; Aguilar Sanchez, Alexis
    CISBAT International Conference Cycle
    p. 469-474
    Presentation's date: 2013-09-04
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    Visual comfort in indoor spaces depends on the amount and quality of light available and also on space characteristics. One of the most influential aspects is the colour of surfaces definint a space. Each colour has a reflectance coefficient resulting from how much light is reflected back from the coloured surface. However, from the observer’s point of view, there are other factors that may affect visual perception of a space painted with colours. Some of them are psychological and depend on the background of the observer while other factors are physiological and are strongly connected to the sense of sight. According to this theory, architectural spaces could take advantage of the benefits of colour to improve visual responses for users. In this paper, we present a case study in which three coloured spaces with different lighting conditions were assessed by a sample of observers. At the same time, luminance and illuminance measurements were taken so as to compare these values with light perceived in the spaces. The results of this field work show the influence that colour has on the perception of light in three-dimensional spaces and contribute to the study of colour in architecture.

  • Visual and acoustic adaptability in architecture

     Alonso Montolio, Carlos; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena; Palme, Massimo
    Central Europe towards Sustainable Building
    p. 503-506
    Presentation's date: 2013-06-28
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    This paper deals with both physical and psychological dimensions of visual and acoustic adaptability in architecture. Studies revealed that thermal comfort at one point in a transitional space is determined by the relative temperature at the location compared to the average temperatures the subjects had previously been exposed to. The objective of this study is to investigate whether these results can be extrapolated to visual and acoustic perception. The proposed methodology is based on observing individual behaviour with a sequenced exposure to different controlled visual and acoustic conditions. The results, which will be discussed, can be applied not only to general change in environmental conditions but also while walking through transitional spaces, where a weII-designed gradient of environmental conditions could imply energy savings.

  • Visual and acoustic adaptability in architecture : effects of level change in users' sensation

     Alonso Montolio, Carlos; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena; Palme, Massimo
    Central Europe towards Sustainable Building
    p. 1-6
    Presentation's date: 2013-06-28
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  • SMA (NiTi): the coupling between time, temperature and cycling frequency

     Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos
    Materials science forum
    Vol. 730-732, p. 853-858
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.730-732.853
    Date of publication: 2013-06-01
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    The main interest focuses in the necessary tools for accurate simulation of the damper behavior in their application. It’s essential a well determined knowledge of the dissipated energy and of the hysteresis cycle shape for a correct simulation. The self-heating effects and the coupling between hysteresis and the relevant temperature effects associated to continuous cycling were studied. In particular, the experimental analysis concentrates in the action of cycling frequency on the hysteresis width and on the dissipated energy. The external and the self-heating temperature effects were studied. In particular, the convective actions of cooling in the conditioned air were visualized. The study of self-heating actions at extremely slow cycles, built by strain steps, shows minor latent heat dissipations in the entire sample. For trained samples, the temperature measurements establish that the transformation is “distributed” not “localized” in the complete sample.

  • Behaviour of NiTi wires for dampers and actuators in extreme conditions

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Grau Mur, Ramon; Torra Ferre, Vicenç
    International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies
    p. 89
    Presentation's date: 2013-05-24
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    Overstraining the wires changes strongly behavior in stress-strain

  • The behavior of NiTi wires and actuators in extreme conditions

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Grau Mur, Ramon; Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier
    International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies
    p. 452-453
    Presentation's date: 2013-05-22
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  • NiTi thermal spray splats morphology on different substrates

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Cano, Irene G; Guilemany, Josep Maria
    International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies
    p. 78
    Presentation's date: 2013-05-22
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    The rationalization of results is best achieved using the thermal effusivity. The use of thermal effusivity as reference might enable faster improvement of coating quality and adhesion.

  • The NiTi thermal spray splats morphology on different substrats

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Cano, Irene Garcia; Guilemany, Josep Maria; Sampath, Sanjay
    International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies
    p. 261-262
    Presentation's date: 2013-05-20
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  • Built in dampers for stayed cables in bridges via SMA. The SMARTeR-ESF project: a mesoscopic and macroscopic experimental analysis with numerical simulations

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Carreras, Guillem; Terriault, Patrick; Lovey, Francisco Carlos
    Engineering structures
    Vol. 49, p. 43-57
    DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.11.011
    Date of publication: 2013-04
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    Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) are good candidates for solid-state dampers appropriate for the oscillations of bridge stay cables because of their large recoverable strain, hysteresis and reasonable fatigue-life. This work experimentally analyzes the relevant properties of NiTi SMA and conducts facility measurements, frequency analyzes and simulations of the effects of SMA on stay cables. Appropriate phenomenological SMA models were developed and included in a Finite Element (FE) simulation environment. A complete damping solution for bridge stay cables was developed from these experimental analyzes. This paper detail the required properties for a NiTi SMA and analyzes their performance. For instance, the fatigue-life and several of the thermo-mechanical effects influencing the application of NiTi SMAs are outlined. The damping effect of the SMA was studied in two facilities. The first series of measurements was performed using cable 1 of the ELSA facility (JRC-EU, Ispra, Italy). The second was completed in two campaigns at IFSTTAR (Bouguenais, near Nantes in France). The numeric analyzes and simulated results were completely coherent with these experiments: the SMA dampers also drastically reduce the maximum oscillation amplitude induced by the simulated action. The frequency evolution of the damped cable was studied using direct calculations on the signals, the windowed Fourier transform and Morlet wavelets.

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    Avoiding the possible impact of climate change on the built environment: the importance of the building's energy robustness  Open access

     Palme, Massimo; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena
    Buildings
    Vol. 3, num. 1, p. 191-204
    DOI: 10.3390/buildings3010191
    Date of publication: 2013-02
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    Following years of research and design in architecture under bio-climatic, sustainable and passive-energy concepts, today’s buildings are often well designed and constructed, responding to determined climate conditions and the user’s requirements for comfort and, in some cases, they are integrated into the urban environment. However, the lifetime of a building can be over 100 years and the climate is changing rapidly. This work investigates the impact of climate change future (2040 and 2070) on the energy consumption of residential buildings recently constructed, under three possible scenarios. The scenarios are created considering a low, medium or strong effect of global warming. Two types of buildings, with comparable consumption results of today, are investigated in three different cities around the world with a multi-zone type 56 of Trnsys simulation tool. At the end of the work, the concepts of energy robustness and global thermal effusivity of buildings are discussed as important strategies to reduce the possible impact of climate change on the built environment. The use of simulation tools to estimate the sensitivity of buildings is also analyzed, taking into consideration the recent goals of applying uncertainty and sensitivity analysis to building performance simulation science.

  • SMA dampers for cable vibration: an available solution for oscillation of stayed cables in bridges

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Casciati, Fabio; Casciati, Sara; Terriault, Patrick
    Advances in science and technology
    Vol. 78, p. 92-102
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.78.92
    Date of publication: 2013-01-06
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  • Thermomechanical fatigue behavior of NiTi wires

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fernandez Gonzalez, J.; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Cano, Irene G; Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Grau Mur, Ramon; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia
    Materials science forum
    Vol. 738-739, p. 311-315
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.738-739
    Date of publication: 2013
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  • NiTi splat features during vacuum thermal spraying onto several substrates

     Cinca Luis, Nuria; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fernandez Gonzalez, J.; Sampath, Sanjay
    Materials science forum
    Vol. 738-739, p. 357-361
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.738-739.357
    Date of publication: 2013
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  • Damping in civil engineering using SMA part 2 - Particular properties of NiTi for damping of stayed cables in bridges

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Terriault, Patrick
    Canadian metallurgical quarterly
    Vol. 52, num. 1, p. 81-89
    DOI: 10.1179/1879139512Y.0000000036
    Date of publication: 2013-01-01
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  • Re-roofing the cities : assessment of the improvements in the thermal comfort of buildings with a cool roof in the area of Barcelona

     Muntane Raich, Oriol; Zamora i Mestre, Joan Lluís; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio
    Energy Forum on Solar Building Skins
    p. 181
    Presentation's date: 2012-12-06
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    Built-form, mass and energy : urban fabric performance  Open access

     Morganti, Michele; Pages Ramon, Anna; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena; Cecere, Carlo
    International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
    Presentation's date: 2012-11-07
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    The link between urban form and building energy demand is a complex balance of morphological, constructive, utilization and climatic factor. Especially in the European compact city, where existing areas prevail on much more energy-efficient new settlements, it is evident that operative ways to transform efficiently the building stock have to be found. This paper explores the existence of a relation between built mass and energy demand depending on urban form. Focusing on the compact city of Mediterranean climate, tests on different case studies simulations are carried out. Results presented and discussed, point out that mass has strong relevance on energy demand and plays an important role in reducing energy consumptions. This paper is a preliminary report of an ongoing research study about one possible way to comprehend “metabolic rate” scaling law - the relationship between power and mass of a complex system in its process - concerning urban fabric. This knowledge-base could help verify the accordance with this rule on urban scale and give hints to conscious and effective built environment transformations towards more efficient conditions.

  • Metastable effects on martensitic transformation in SMA. Part IX: static aging for morphing by temperature and stress

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Carreras, Guillem
    Journal of thermal analysis and calorimetry
    p. 1-4
    DOI: 10.1007/s10973-012-2585-y
    Date of publication: 2012-09-06
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  • NiTi splat features during vacuum thermal spraying onto several substrates  Open access

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Sampath, Sanjay
    European Symposium on Martensitic Transformations
    p. 90
    Presentation's date: 2012-09-05
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    Criterios para prácticas de evaluación de calidad. Una propuesta de GRAPA-RIMA  Open access

     Cadenato Matia, Ana Maria; Martinez, Maria; Amante García, Beatriz; Gallego Fernandez, M. Isabel; Jordana Barnils, Josep; Robert i Sanxis, Francesc Josep; Farrerons Vidal, Oscar; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fabregat Fillet, Jaime
    Congrés Internacional de Docència Universitària i Innovació
    p. 1-21
    Presentation's date: 2012-07-04
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    El grupo de innovación GRAPA (GRupo de la Evaluación de la Práctica Académica) del proyecto RIMA de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya ha elaborado una serie de criterios, en forma de rúbrica, como buenas prácticas de evaluación, coherentes con la integración y evaluación de competencias, exigencia en la implantación de los nuevos grados que se imparten en los estudios superiores en las universidades españolas. En la presente comunicación se podrá comprobar que además cualquier actividad de evaluación que cumpla estos criterios en el máximo nivel de exigencia representa una actividad de calidad, demostrando que se pueden tener asignaturas de calidad, objetivo común tanto de instituciones como del profesorado y alumnado. Además en la presente comunicación se mostrarán algunos ejemplos de estos criterios.

  • SMA passive elements for damping in stayed cables: experimental results and simulation

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Casciati, Fabio; Casciat, Sara; Terriault, Patrick
    European Conference on Structural Control
    p. 1-9
    Presentation's date: 2012-06-19
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    The use of shape memory alloy (SMA) wires as passive elements for damping the vibrations of stayed cables requires that the essential conditions of SMA necessary for the application are well established. The specific conditions of the cable define the appropriate characteristics of the damper, such as the length and the number of the NiTi SMA wires. As the stayed cables in bridges remain under forces near 1 MN, the main study is focused on SMA wires of diameter 2.46 mm that produces forces of about 2 kN. With these forces the use of one or several wires only induces minor changes in the stress distribution within the structure. In this work, the requirements for the SMA wires including, for instance, the fracture level, the thermal actions and the convection, are evaluated. Furthermore, several examples of the application of SMA in laboratory facilities and the simulation of the SMA actions in realistic cables are included. The non-linearities of the SMA dampers are visualized by windowed Fourier transform and Morlet wavelets analysis of the oscillating behavior. There is a change of the cable natural frequency during the damping process, the frequency increases as amplitude decreases. From the experimental results obtained in ELSA, JRC, Ispra, Italy, IFSTTAR, Nantes, France, and in the Pavia University, Italy, the general rules for the preparation of the SMA dampers are also outlined.

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    Luminances and vision related to daylighting  Open access

     Aguilar Sanchez, Alexis; Uriarte, Urtza; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena; Serra Florensa, Rafael
    World Renewable Energy Congress
    p. 1-6
    Presentation's date: 2012-05-15
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    Daylighting has an excellent color rendering, as human eyes have been developed under the sun’s rays, and it yields very proactive elements to human behavior. In the field of luminance contrast, it has been noted that the probability of excessive contrast is lower when considering daylighting in relation to artificial lighting. As a result, in activities which require more demanding visual accuracy, daylighting can offer more and better conditions for light and space variations considering the wide range of the field of vision. This paper proposes a new approach to the methodology of calculating luminance balances considering the surface position in space and its relative weight in the final mean luminance value. This is based on ergonomic field of vision distribution, which confers major importance on what is in the solid angle analyzed by the cones area of the eye. The starting point when constructing numerical models of lighting comfort is the human eye’s sensitivity to light. Assessing interior architectural visual comfort conditions is the ultimate purpose of this work, along with the possibility of taking advantage of photography-related software programs that could be useful tools for architects and interior designers. Avoiding uncomfortable visual situations is an environmentally efficient approach because the end effect of poor visual conditions is a higher demand for artificial lighting, leading to energy consumption that could be saved with lighting conditions adapted to human comfort.

  • Sma (Cu-based, niti) for use in damping: the implications of reliability for long time applications and aging behavior

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Torra Ferre, Vicenç
    Functional materials letters
    Vol. 5, num. 1
    DOI: 10.1142/S1793604712500087
    Date of publication: 2012-03
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  • Thermomechanical fatigue behavior of NiTi wires

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Torra Ferre, Vicenç
    European Symposium on Martensitic Transformations
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  • The SMA, an effective damper in civil engineering that smoothes oscillations  Open access

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem
    Jornada de Recerca i Innovació a l'Escola de Camins
    p. 1-4
    Presentation's date: 2011-11-16
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    The properties of SMA (Shape Memory Alloys, that are smart materials) are associated to a first order phase transition named martensitic transformation that occurs between metastable phases: austenite and martensite. At upper temperature or at lower stress the austenite is the metastable phase. The martensite appears at lower temperature or higher stresses. The hysteresis of the transformation permits different levels of applications, i.e., in their use as a damper. Two types of applications can be considered in damping of structures in Civil Engineering. The first one is related to diminishing the damage induced by earthquakes. The second one is a reduction of oscillation amplitude associate to an increase of the lifetime for the stayed cables in bridges.

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    SMA in mitigation of extreme loads in civil engineering: damping actions in stayed cables  Open access

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Terriault, Patrick; Dieng, Lamine
    Applied mechanics and materials
    Vol. 82, p. 539-544
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.82.539
    Date of publication: 2011-10-27
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    Guaranteeing the use of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) in mitigation of extreme load effects requires a deep study of the SMA behavior according to the specific requirements of the application. In particular, for a storm is necessary more than one million of working cycles. It is applied to two realistic cables in ELSA (JRC-Ispra, Italy) and in IFSTTAR (old LCPC in Nantes, France). The measurements establish that the SMA reduces drastically the oscillation amplitude. Technical suggestions for the preparation of the dampers are included. For instance, about the two available parameters in the SMA dampers: length () and number (N) of SMA wires. Moreover, a suitable simulation by proprietary SMA routine inside ANSYS is included.

  • Conceptos Físicos para modelizar la envolvente

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio
    Jornadas de Arquitectura Sostenible en Climas Cálidos y Certificación Energética
    p. 9
    Presentation's date: 2011-10-14
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    SMA in mitigation of extreme loads in civil engineering: study of their application in a realistic steel portico  Open access

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Casciati, Fabio; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Terrieault, Patrick
    Applied mechanics and materials
    Vol. 82, p. 278-283
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.82.278
    Date of publication: 2011-10
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    Guaranteeing the use of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) in mitigation of extreme load effects requires a deep study of the SMA behavior according to the specific requirements of the applications in damping. The damper was defined according the expected requirements (length of SMA and number of SMA wires). It is applied to two types of alloys (CuAlBe and NiTi) in the diagonals of a realistic steel portico (2.47 m x 4.10 m). The measurements establish that the used SMA reduces the oscillation amplitude to a less than a half.

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    Potential for energy saving in transitional spaces in commercial buildings  Open access

     Alonso Montolio, Carlos; Aguilar Sanchez, Alexis; Coch Roura, Helena; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio
    International Conference CleanTech for Sustainable Building
    p. 547-552
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-15
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    As it is known, the energy consumption of buildings is directly linked to their energy demand.Therefore, the most direct strategy to reduce the energy consumption of a building is to minimise its energy demand. This can be done in two ways. On the one hand, the energy demand can be reduced by minimising the size of some energy consuming spaces in the building. It can also be reduced by minimising the requirements of their comfort conditions. This second strategy is especially effective in transitional spaces, where the comfort requirements have wider limits than in normally occupied zones so energy savings are possible by allowing for a modest relaxation of the comfort standards. This paper reports on an analytical study into the energy-saving potential associated with modifications in thermal comfort limits in transitional spaces in commercial buildings. Such transitional spaces may not require the same high level and close control as more fully indoor or fully occupied areas, and thus a wider variation in conditions and interpretation of thermal comfort may be permitted. They also take up a significant fraction of the total volume of these kinds of buildings and give rise to significant energy use to provide comfort by means of heating or cooling systems. Initial trial calculations have been conducted using standardised commercial building layouts in order to determine the potential for energy savings. Commercial buildings have been chosen not only due to the extensive presence of this kind of building in almost all cities, but also because of the considerable percentage of transitional spaces that these buildings have in a standard floor plan. The relationship between these transition al spaces and the indoor areas will also be considered in this study. Estimates are made of the energy-saving potential based on different commercial buildings located in the climate of the Barcelona area in Spain.

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    SMA (cu-based, niti) for use in damping: the implications of reliability for long time applications and aging behavior  Open access

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Torra Ferre, Vicenç
    European and Exhibition Congress on Advanced Materials and Processes
    p. 1911/1-1911/2
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-14
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    Mechanical and nanoindentation behavior of NiTi and NiTi-TiC coatings obtained by thermal spray  Open access

     Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Villa, Maria; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Guilemany, Josep Maria
    European and Exhibition Congress on Advanced Materials and Processes
    p. 1523/1-1523/2
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-14
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  • The SMA was a tool for damping the induced oscillations in civil structures. Application to earthquake mitigation in family homes and to stayed cables for bridges

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Terriault, Patrick
    International Conference on Martensitic Transformations
    p. 78
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-09
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  • Nanoindentation of NiTi-TiC thermal spray coatings

     Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Villa, Maria; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Dosta, Sergi; Guilemany, Josep Maria
    International Conference on Martensitic Transformations
    p. 177
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-07
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  • Nanoindentation behaviour of thermally sprayed NiTi films

     Villa, Maria; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Cinca Luis, Nuria; Fernandez Gonzalez, Javier; Guilemany, Josep Maria
    International Conference on Martensitic Transformations
    p. 136
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-05
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  • SMA in mitigation of extreme loads in civil engineering: damping actions in stayed cables

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Terriault, Patrick; Dieng, Lamine
    Performance, Protection end Strengthtening of Structures under Extreme Loading
    Presentation's date: 2011-09-01
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  • SMA in mitigation of extreme loads in civil engineering: study of their application in a realistic steel portico

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem; Casciati, Fabio; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Terriault, Patrick
    Performance, Protection end Strengthtening of Structures under Extreme Loading
    Presentation's date: 2011-08-30
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  • Effects on the histeresis in martensitic transformations

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Carreras, Guillem
    Congreso de Física Estadística
    p. 68
    Presentation's date: 2011-06-02
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  • Re-roofing the cities = Prevenir el cambio climático re-construyendo

     Muntane Raich, Oriol; Zamora i Mestre, Joan Lluís; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio
    European Conference on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Architecture and Planning
    p. 351-352
    Presentation's date: 2011-06
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  • SMA(NiTi): the coupling between time, temperature and cycling frequency

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos
    International Materials Symposium
    p. 209
    Presentation's date: 2011-04-19
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  • SMA(NiTi): the coupling between time, temperature and cycling frequency

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Carreras, Guillem; Lovey, Francisco Carlos
    International Materials Symposium
    p. 853-858
    DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.730-732.853
    Presentation's date: 2011-04
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    The main interest focuses in the necessary tools for accurate simulation of the damper behavior in their application. It’s essential a well determined knowledge of the dissipated energy and of the hysteresis cycle shape for a correct simulation. The self-heating effects and the coupling between hysteresis and the relevant temperature effects associated to continuous cycling were studied. In particular, the experimental analysis concentrates in the action of cycling frequency on the hysteresis width and on the dissipated energy. The external and the self-heating temperature effects were studied. In particular, the convective actions of cooling in the conditioned air were visualized. The study of self-heating actions at extremely slow cycles, built by strain steps, shows minor latent heat dissipations in the entire sample. For trained samples, the temperature measurements establish that the transformation is “distributed” not “localized” in the complete sample.

  • Fatigue laboratory tests toward the design of SMA portico-braces

     Carreras, Guillem; Casciati, Sara; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Marzi, A.; Torra Ferre, Vicenç
    Smart structures and systems
    Vol. 7, num. 1, p. 41-57
    Date of publication: 2011-01
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  • Metastable effects on martensitic transformation in SMA

     Torra Ferre, Vicenç; Auguet Sangra, Carlota Eugenia; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Lovey, Francisco Carlos; Sepúlveda Escribano, Antonio; Soul, H.
    Journal of thermal analysis and calorimetry
    Vol. 102, num. 2, p. 671-680
    DOI: 10.1007/s10973-009-0613-3
    Date of publication: 2010-11
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    A Daytime passive cooling radiation system  Open access

     Marin Herrera, Juan Antonio; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Roset Calzada, Jaime; Coch Roura, Helena; Serra Florensa, Rafael
    International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment
    p. 1-10
    Presentation's date: 2010-09-29
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    Relevant factors in Spanish buildings energy certification process  Open access

     Palme, Massimo; Isalgue Buxeda, Antonio; Coch Roura, Helena; Serra Florensa, Rafael
    International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment
    p. 1-12
    Presentation's date: 2010-09-29
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    European directive EPBD (2003) and Kyoto protocol (1997) obligated the signer countries to implement an energy certification process of buildings in their laws. In Spain, the government established (RD 47/2007) two certification options: a simplified certification (that does not permit to obtain the best certification results) or a simulation process based on the Lider and Calener tools (DOE-II based simulators adapted to Spanish norms). In this work we report the results of a large number of residential building simulation and certification processes, obtained during years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Architectural factors that may improve or affect the certification result are identified and discussed by comparative analysis. Residential buildings investigated are grouped in tree typologies: familiar house, little dwellings block (minus than 10 dwellings) and medium dwellings block (between 10 and 30 dwellings). For each group the more relevant architectural factors are discussed. All the buildings locate in the Autonomic Community of Catalonia, in a Mediterranean climate. At the end of the work a discussion between the different groups is conducted. Finally, certification process is critical discussed, especially thinking in the repeatability of the results and in the capacity of the analysed tools to express an architectonic result, in terms of geometrical distribution, form, magnitude of the buildings. Alternatives to the actual Lider and Calener simulation process are also critically discussed.