NewGenShell – New Generation of High Performance Shells for Climatic Chambers

High Performance Shells for Climatic Chambers

THE CHALLENGE

To research, design, develop, prototype and validate a new concept of climate boxes (with isothermal enclosures) with integrated climate control modules: the NewGenShell – High Performance Shells for Climatic Chambers.
Respond to challenges posed by the automotive, aeronautics, electronics, biotechnology and refrigeration/cryogenic industries in the search for large test chambers with these characteristics.

 

PROJECT STRENGTHS

High market potential

This new line of large-sized climatic boxes corresponds to an existing need in these markets: it will be capable of generating extreme operating conditions, being highly competitive, flexible in terms of geometry/size and showing a thermodynamic optimized behavior, high energy efficiency and environmental concerns.

 

Extreme conditions simulation

The large test chambers to be developed are able to generate extreme conditions of temperature (-75ºC to 180ºC), relative humidity (10% to 98%) and variable ventilation. The development of a new hybrid multilayer panel, resistant and durable, makes the system totally resistant to this type of extreme conditions.

 

Resistant and leakproof enclosures

The enclosures that make up the climatic test chambers in question must be capable of ensuring leaktightness (particularly when subjected to high pressures), resistance to heavy loads and durability in the event of aggressive operating cycles.

 

Modular Systems

The enclosures are designed in a modular way: they come from prefabricated kits with transportable dimensions and are only dependent on the welding of linear joints made in-situ by robotic processes.

 

CLIMO (CLImatic MOdule)

The modular concept will also be applied to cooling, ventilation, humidification, power supply and camera control systems, with a single integrated climate control system – CLIMO (CLImatic MOdule). This module will be prefabricated, totally autonomously validated and later integrated/mounted in the enclosure based on a plug & play process. This significantly reduces the cost of production and installation.

 

Low power consumption

All the systems that will integrate these CLIMO units will also be technologically rethought to ensure reduced electrical consumption, a lower environmental impact and a more efficient control process.

 

COMPANIES IN THE PROJECT

The project will be executed by a consortium composed of three companies/entities that are references in the markets and industries in which they operate:

 

  • MCG mind for metal: a Portuguese company focused on the production of parts and components for demanding markets such as the automotive and railway. In this case, the contribution to the project comes from the high competencies of MCG in the production of electro-welded structures, in stainless steel or aluminum, and, more recently, in the development of advanced solutions incorporating composites.
  • ARALAB: a Portuguese company specialized in the manufacture of climatic and laboratory equipment for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and industrial markets.
  • ITeCons: an SI&I NE entity dedicated to the design, development and validation of new products and technological systems.

 

METHODOLOGY

The implementation methodology proposed by the consortium and its respective companies comprises a wide range of technical and industrial research studies, grouped into five major groups:

 

  • Preliminary studies.
  • Design and production of the panel and components of the system as a whole (theoretical, experimental and numerical simulation studies).
  • Prototyping and validation.
  • Dissemination of results.

 

FUTURE APPLICATIONS

At the end of the project, MCG mind for metal is expected to be able to provide the industrial sector, nationally and internationally, with enclosures for the construction of large climatic chambers with differentiated characteristics.

 

In turn, Aralab will be able to make available to its markets new integrated air conditioning systems – CLIMO – which, when associated with those enclosures, will allow the creation of a new line of large climatic chambers.