WE BELIEVE IN CONTINUOUS TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

CONSTANT INNOVATION

OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

ALFRAN is an active collaborator and recipient of national and European grants (Macro Programs, PROFIT, Re-industrialisation, CIEN, Interconecta, etc.) through the CDTI, Agencia Idea, Ministry of Energy, Tourism, and the Digital Agenda, as well as being a member of FIRE. As a result of this collaboration, it has its own patent (P2004-01008) for high-speed concrete spraying: The ALFRANJET® System.

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LINES OF RESEARCH

MULTI-LAYER LINING ENGINEERING FOR DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES
  • Improvement of energy efficiency in equipments. Thermal insulation.
  • Complex systems engineering
  • Fluid lines insulation
  • Acoustic insulation
  • Thermal transmission modeling
DESIGN OF HEAT-RESISTANT MATERIALS
  • Study of the compatibility in “new environments”. Corrosion, wear, thermal and mechanical stress, etc…
  • Effect of using new raw materials (recycle materials, new fuels…).
  • Development of new high-performance refractories.
INCREASED EFFICIENCY DURING COMMISSIONING
  • Thermal cycle design.
  • Development, control and monitoring of heat treatment.

main projects

International project

Inter-company project

Individual project

1998
Low and ultra-low cement refractory castable for high-pressure projection.
2000
Monolithic lining materials for steel ladles and robotization of the installation.
2004
Monolithic refractory materials for the energy and waste-removal sectors.
SILICERAM

2006
Design and characterization of refractory castables that could withstand drastic changes in the quality of the traditional fuels as well as the introduction of organic and synthetic waste that could be used as an energy source in the furnaces of cement plants.
2008
Development of new magnesia refractory castables with “in-situ” spinel formation
2010
Heat treatment optimised for drying heat-resistant installations.

ALFRAN competitiveness plan.
2012
MAVIT: Highly energy-efficient and low environmental impact cementing glass materials.
HOREF.
CERAMIN: Intelligent Energy.
FIRE SPRAY LC: Research and development project into new materials for passive protection against fire.
2016
REMINE: Reuse of mining waste into innovative geopolymeric-based structural panels, precast, ready mixes and in-situ applications.
ALFRANLITE (*)

2017
HORUS: Intelligent Reheating Resources for Competitive and Sustainable Steel Processes.
2020
ERP SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION (**)
ANALYSIS, IMPROVEMENT AND STANDARDIZATION OF THE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES (***)

(*): The ALFRANLITE project, with file number IDI-201850460, has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Smart Growth Operational Program 2014-2020. This project was born from the need to develop a range of high-quality insulating materials that reduce energy consumption associated with the activities of the industries, reducing fuel consumption, reducing atmospheric emissions, and their disposal.

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(**): An incentive has been received from the Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia IDEA, the Andalusian Government, for an amount of 75,000.00 euros, co-financed in 80% by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, FEDeR for the implementation of the project DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF OPERATIONS AND BUSINESS PROCESSES WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ERP SYSTEM to guarantee better use of information technologies.

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(***) An incentive has been received from the Andalusian Innovation and Development Agency IDEA, of the Andalusian Government, for € 7,500.00, 80% co-financed by the European Union through the European Development Fund Regional, ERDF to carry out the project ANALYSIS, IMPROVEMENT AND STANDARDIZATION OF THE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES to achieve a more competitive business fabric.

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COMPANY LAB IN SEVILLE: EQUIPPED FOR TESTING MATERIALS, FIRE RESISTANCE, AND PASSIVE PROTECTION AGAINST FIRE.
  • Apparent density
  • Real density
  • Open porosity
  • Measuring particle size
  • Measuring the pH
  • Chemical analysis by XRF
  • Calculating the setting time
  • Curing chamber
  • Cold-compression strength
  • Cold modulus of rupture
  • Resistance to abrasion
  • Adherence
  • Static viscosity
  • Dynamic viscosity
  • Flow point
  • Dilatometry in a controlled atmosphere
  • Electric stoves and ovens (1600ÂşC)
  • Thermographic studies
  • Macro- TGA
  • Thermal transmission modelling
  • Hydrocarbon fire resistance simulation
  • Acid means
  • Slag corrosion
  • Alkaline atmospheres
  • XR diffraction

PUBLICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION IN CONGRESSES

SCI

  • POST-MORTEM STUDY OF HEAT-RESISTANT CONCRETE PLACED IN THE SLAG LINE OF A STEEL FOUNDRY LADLE.
    Bol. Soc. Esp. Ceram. V. 42 [6] 375-378 (2003).
  • Build-up formation and corrosion of monolithic refractories in cement kiln preheaters.
    Journal of the European Ceramic Society. Vol 30, 9, 1879-1885 (2010)
  • Interactions in Calcium Aluminate Cement (CAC)-Based Castables Containing Magnesia. Part I: Hydration-Dehydration Behaviour of MgO in the Absence of CAC.
    Journal of the American Ceramic Society Vol 94, 3, 902-908 (2011)
  • Interactions in Calcium Aluminate Cement (CAC)-Based Castables Containing Magnesia-Part II: Hydration-Dehydration Behaviour of CAC and their Mixtures with Dead-Burned and Reactive-Grade MgO.
    Journal of the American Ceramic Society Vol 94, 3, 909-917 (2011)

Others

20 articles

CONGRESSES

  • INTERNATIONAL: 7
  • NATIONAL: 3
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