Day 1 :
Exide Technologies, Spain
Keynote: SPECTRA 2.3-Carbon nano fiber additives to improve battery performance for electric vehicle recharge infrastructure
Time : 10:00-11:00
Francisco Trinidad is working as a Doctor in Electrochemistry and received his MSc and PhD degree at the University of Madrid. He joined Tudor Group in 1977 and served as Research Laboratory Manager in Azuqueca, Spain and Development Director for the Industrial Division in Soest, Germany. After Exide acquisition of several battery groups in Europe (Tudor, Ceac, BIG, Hagen, Deta), he was nominated as Research Director in Paris, France and later Development Director Transportation Europe. In the actual position, he is responsible for basic research, including R&D labs and basic processes in Exide Europe. He is author of more than 60 papers and 20 patents, and has made numerous presentations on battery technology and related conferences. After more than 39 years of experience with several electrochemical systems, he is a worldwide recognized battery expert in the industry.
The main objectives of this research is to enhance charge acceptance, performance and durability of lead batteries by using new carbon nano fiber materials with high surface area and electrical conductivity as additives in the manufacture of positive and negative electrodes. In order to achieve these goals the following scientific and technological challenges are considered: Making optimum dispersion of small carbon particles in aqueous solutions; investigating the interaction of the high surface area carbon particles with organic polymers; understanding the influence of carbon on the electrochemical performance of PbC electrodes; developing new paste formulation to enhance charge acceptance of the negative electrodes without increasing the maintenance needs (negligible water loss along battery life); improving inter-particle conductivity allowing higher charge currents under partial state of charge conditions (or after rest periods) that usually produce heavy sulfation; and enhancing durability and cycle life of lead batteries by the incorporation of carbon nano particles into the active materials. This work package is integrated in the project SPECTRA (Smart Personal CO2-Free Transport), consortium recently created by 8 companies and 10 R&D centers and funded by the Spanish Center for Technological & Industrial Development (CDTI). The carbon nano fibers are being developed by Grupo Antolín (Burgos) and the research activities will be made in cooperation with two public institutions: GAIKER (Technology Center, Bilbao), that will perform the studies to achieve a good dispersion of the carbon particles in the active materials; and UAM (University of Madrid), that will conduct electrochemical studies to determine the effect on charge acceptance and hydrogen evolution (water consumption) of PbC cells. Once the optimum combination of additives is screened from the electrochemical studies, Exide will manufacture Enhanced Lead Carbon Batteries to be tested in EV recharge installations by Fagor Electronica (Mondragon).
CEO and Founder of Valcon Design A/S, Denmark
Keynote: Six Theta(r) Design – Early-Stage Design Methodology for Achieving Predictable Product Performance
Time : 11:15-12:15
Janus Juul Rasmussen is the Founder and CEO of the Danish Engineering Consulting firm Valcon Design A/S. He is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked with product design for more than 15 years as an expert within the field of kinematics and moving mechanics. He has developed the Six Theta(r) Design methodology and has a close co-operation with the Robust Design Academy at the Technical University of Denmark.
The six sigma methodology is widely accepted as a strong tool to minimize variation in manufacturing processes and to achieve the intended functionality of a given engineering design. Minimization of variation can also be achieved by using robust design methodologies where focus is on developing engineering designs that are insensitive to geometrical variations, changes in ambient conditions, etc. However, existing robust design methodologies are often not applicable for early-stage engineering design. In this contribution, the Six Theta® Design methodology, which has been developed by the author, will be presented. Six Theta® Design is a set of tools and methods that help engineers design products with a predictable performance, ensuring that the functional performance is as intended. Six Theta® Design can also be used to evaluate and compare design quality based on fully objective, quantifiable criteria. Impact of Six Theta® Design compliant solutions include improved development speed with fewer design iterations, higher innovation height, vastly reduced production costs due to simplified designs with non-strict tolerance demands, and predictable performance of products in the field.
University of South Wales, UK
Time : 12:15-13:15
Gareth Dafydd Owen Davies is a Senior Lecturer (Digital Forensics) and Researcher in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. The main focus of his research is the forensic analysis of physical data storage technologies, in particular data recovery of malfunctioning hardware such as hard disk drives and memory chip-based devices. Over the past 5 years, he has built a name for himself as a Consultant and Investigator on incident response, forensic and evidential recovery cases. His clients include Hi-Tech Crime Units, The National Crime Agency, the Ministry of Defense, Government and large commercial organizations. He is also registered as an expert in forensic data recovery on the National Crime Agency Database. He holds three Adjunct Lecturer positions; one with the Security Research Institute Centre at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, the second with The Centre for Cyber Security, Longwood University, Virginia, USA, and in the UK, Cranfield University, The UK Defense Academy. He is also a Committee Member of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law based in the USA with equal responsibilities. He has also been awarded the Welsh Livery Company (London City Company) Gold Award for 2015, for significant contribution in his area of technology.
Modern vehicles contain computer systems that enable navigation, communication and entertainment. These units have the potential to generate evidence for a criminal or civil investigation. Research work undertaken thus far looks at applying digital forensic data recovery techniques to a number of automobile systems, both original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket. A number of challenges are faced by the community and are presented along with case studies, data analysis and suggestions for future work.