The Director of the Ceramic Centre Convener of ISO TC 189 WG1 “Test Methods”
Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi, Director of Ceramic Centre, was unanimously appointed Convener of the Working Group 1 “Test Methods” of ISO Tecnical Committee 189 “Ceramic Tiles”, during the last meeting of the TC, held in Seville (E) from 7 to 9 Nov. 2015.
The work of TC 189 concerns ceramic tiles. Its activities are related to the development and updating of both the basic Standard ISO 13006, and the Standard ISO 10545 (divided into 16 parts), indicating the measurement and test methods of the technical characteristics of tiles.
TC 189 also develops Standards regarding materials for the installation of ceramic tiling: adhesives, plasters, etc. Within TC 189 there are also WG working on several fundamental issues for ceramic tiles, such as installation of tiling, installation materials, sustainability, new products (eg. large size slabs), etc.
TC 189 is chaired by representatives of ANSI, the US Standardisation Body, but includes a strong – and due – commitment from Italian industry, research and standardisation, as confirmed by the new task entrusted to Director of the Ceramic Centre.
NanotechItaly - Bologna (I), November 25-27, 2015 - www.nanotechitaly.it
Three days with 11 scientific sessions, six thematic workshops, a poster session, an exhibiting area and a specific brokerage event. Centro Ceramico attended the Session concerning Materials & Graphene-Based Innovation with the poster presentation entitled “Nanostructured Alumina Produced by Slip Casting/Pressure Slip Casting for Dental Applications” – A. Arena, F. Prete, E. Rambaldi, M.C. Bignozzi.
Project REMEB at Regional Climate InfoDay in Valencia (E)
Professor Enrique Sánchez from Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (Spain), member of the Project REMEB consortium, has participated in a presentation where he has discussed the criteria that characterise this initiative regarding sustainability, climate, environment, water, eco-innovation, resource efficiency and raw materials.
The meeting has been held in Valencia (E) on Nov. 10 2015, read all details in the press release.
International Workshop “Research and innovation for a sustainable waste management”
The Workshop has been held on Oct. 15, 2015 at Dept. of Engineering “E. Ferrari” – Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
It has given an updated technical and scientific contribution about the subject of wastes, in order to foster the implementation of “best available techniques and practices” in the sustainable management of wastes/residues/by-products/end of waste, with particular attention to those chemically hazardous.
The Workshop was addressed to public and private bodies, companies, lecturers, researchers and students involved in environmental issues for sustainable development.
Centro Ceramico has presented the paper: “Wastes: new sustainable resources for the building industry” – M.C. Bignozzi, E. Rambaldi.
Another EU Project funded for the Ceramic Centre
The EU Project “SILIFE – PRODUCTION OF QUARTZ POWDERS WITH REDUCED CRYSTALLINE SILICA TOXICITY” has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals LIFE 2014 – subprogramme: ENVIRONMENT, priority area: ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY.
The Project will last 4 years and involves 10 European Partners.
The main purpose of SILIFE is to reduce the impact on the health of workers deriving from exposure to crystalline silica.
The prospect is to replace the standard quartz powder with processed quartz powder, in order to obtain a material with decreased toxicity, but with the same technical performance.
The Kick-off Meeting has been held on Oct. 14, at Univ. Jaume I, Castellón (E).
European Project REMEB. activities started
Activities started within the European Project “REMEB - Eco-Friendly Ceramic Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Based on Recycled Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Waste Water Reuse”, funded in February 2015.
The aim of the Project is the implementation and validation of low-cost ceramic membrane bioreactors (MBR), to be used in wastewater treatment plants.
On Sept. 14 and 15 the kick-off meeting hase been held, see the press release.
WINCER (Waste Synergy in the production of Innovative CERamics) Project has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013. The project, in which Ceramic Centre is partner with Fincibec S.p.A. (Sassuolo, MO, Italy) and Minerali Industriali S.r.l. (Novara, Italy) has officially started the activities on January 27 2015 and will last three years.
The details of WINCER are available in the Project Database of CIP EcoInnovation Projects.
Link to WINCER Official Website
International Congress “CERMODEL 2015 – Modelling and Simulation Meet Innovation in Ceramics Technology”
At the Conference, organised by the University of Trento, the Ceramic Centre has participated with the oral presentation “Role of Elastic-Plastic Model in Evaluating the Friction Coefficient of Ceramic Tiles”(A. Rioli, B. Mazzanti, M.C. Bignozzi).
The work, carried out in the framework of the Line of Research of Ceramic Centre Study and optimisation of anti-slip properties of pedestrian ceramic surfaces has illustrated the forecasting capabilities of an elastic model which, on the basis of the microscopic structure of the surfaces and of their elastic properties, aims to define the response of the system shoe sole/ceramic tile with respect to the friction.
The next goal of this research is to extend these results to find the optimal surface structure which maximizes the anti slip properties of the ceramic tiles.
Go to website of CERMODEL 2015
Conference on Legislative Decree 102/2014 ” Implementation of Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency”
On June 12, 2015, a Conference has been held at the headquarters of Confindustria Ceramica, focused on L.D. 102/14. It implements the European Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, which establish targets for energy saving for each Member State. The Decree sets the committment of energy audits for energy consuming- and large-companies, by December 5, 2015.
On this basis, Confindustria Ceramica entrusted Yousave (Company of Innowatio Group) with the drafting of the “Guidelines for the development of Energy Diagnosis in the ceramic industry according to L.D. 102/2014″.
The document was developed thanks to the contributions of a Working Group, composed of representatives of Yousave, 7 ceramic Companies, Ceramic Centre and Certiquality.
The document provides information and support tools for the realisation of the energy audit, with details on the ceramic process. It also gives a description of the energy saving measures that can be implemented in the field.
Ceramic Centre at Workshop “State of the art and challenges in thermal and mechanical modelling of ceramic materials”
The workshop has brought together international experts in the field of ceramic science and material modelling and representatives from research institutes and industry with the following aims: (i) to set-up the state of the art of the constitutive modelling in ceramics, (ii) to assess the possibilities of improving efficiency and safety in industrial processes of refractories and (iii) to define the current challenges in the engineerization of the liquid steel
technology as related to the use of ceramic components.
Dr. Elisa Rambaldi (Ceramic Centre) has presented the paper “Acoustic and Thermal Performances of Ceramic Tiles” (E. Rambaldi, F. Prete, G. Timellini, M.C. Bignozzi).
Ceramic Centre partecipates in Programme COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
On Feb. 26, 2015 Ceramic Centre (CC) has attended the Meeting COST Action “Newgen” (New Generation Biomimetic and Customized Implants for Bone Engineering).
The project, aimed to foster the exchange of knowledge in the field of biomaterials between research institutes, companies and clinics, brings together 139 participating institutions from 29 different European Countries (+ USA and Canada).