The Andalusian Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation "F. de Paula Rojas" (AICIA) is a non-profit public-interest association. Its goals are to encourage, guide, and promote industrial research, with an emphasis on publication and dissemination of results, to promote technological progress in Andalusia, and to help improve the professional training of Andalusian engineers.
As stated in the fourth article of the Association's rules, AICIA's goals are the following:
AICIA is in close connection with the School of Engineering of the University of Seville. It groups the University Departments integrated in the School of Engineering, in total more than 250 Engineers and Scientists. It has been working in all the engineering fields in the last 20 years.
The group of Termotecnia of the Departamento de Ingeniería Energética y Mecánica de Fluidos of the Universidad of Sevilla is composed of 12 people including teachers, researchers and graduate students preparing their Doctoral Dissertation. In addition there is a variable number of undergraduate students taking part in some research projects. Since 1979 we have been mainly involved in modeling and simulation research applied to the thermal performance of buildings and HVAC systems.
Prof. Dr. Servando Álvarez
Doctor Ingeniero Industrial by the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros of the Universidad de Sevilla, is at present Professor in the Departamento de Ingeniería Energética y Mecánica de Fluidos of the Universidad de Sevilla. He has been involved, since 1981, in the design and development of computer application related to heat and mass transfer and air movement in buildings.
Since 1987, he has been active participant in more than 35 international programmes such as those belonging to the frame of DGXII-JOULE and JOULE –THERMIE (such as PASSYS, PASCOOL or POLIS), DGXVII-ALTENER and THERMIE (such as SINK or AIOLOS), or I.E.A. Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (Tasks VIII, XII, and XVIII).
From 1988 to 1992 he was in charge of the basic research (including modelling, experiments and validation) as well as of the design and evaluation of the climatic control of the outdoor spaces of the EXPO´92 Universal Exhibition of Seville. Since 1993 it was involved in some national projects to perform a detailed analysis of the results obtained during the exhibition period and to explore the possibilities of expanding the use of natural cooling techniques to other situations. In close connection with this proposal he was the scientific responsible of the developments for the new Spanish Thermal Regulation for Buildings.