Materials – High Performance Multifunctional

High Performance Multifunctional Materials research aims to develop technologies, methods and tools for organic matrix composites, new generation metallic materials and surface treatments, ceramic matrix composites and nano materials as well as innovative assemblies.

Market, Needs & Challenges

Materials are a significant investment that represent up to 40% of a structural part’s cost and also define the production means. Demand in the aeronautics and space materials market is set to grow threefold over the next 10 years. This means that materials are a key innovation lever through their elementary compositions and/or changes to production means.

The materials domain has identified that research needs to be conducted on materials performance, functionalities, conception, sizing, modeling and environmental constraints, taking into account costs, robustness, reliability and manufacturing techniques in order to develop optimized materials.

Technological axes

Material Domain Technological Axes

Field of expertise

Architect (overall view from molecular aspects to final use and parts) – Polymer chemistry expert – Textile expert (sizing, impregnation) – Materials engineers – Process engineers – Mechanical, physics and chemical test engineers

Bonding expert – Welding expert – Assembly expert – Lightning strike phenomenon expert – Rapid dynamic mechanics engineer – Modelling experts- Material properties modelling – High Velocity dynamic modelling

Metallurgist expert – Surface treatment expert – Metal processes engineers (ALM, welding, machining, …) – Chemical Formulation of surface treatment engineer – Oxidation – Corrosion analysis experts – Chemical expert – Ceramic expert.

Projects in progress

Materials projects are looking to find technological solutions to helping the industry in this key innovation area.

CompinnovTP: Developing multifunctional thermoplastics materials for the aeronautical and space industries.

CompinnovTD: Defining multifunctional thermo setting compounds for the aerospace world.

Surfinnov: Developing corrosion protection solutions for light alloys by improving the tribological properties of titanium and improving surface treatments versus the temperatures required.

Metaltechnics: Considering the new generation of titanium alloys and high performance light alloys.

Nano: Developing an innovative solder paste for the assembly at low temperature of electronic components on printed circuit board taking benefit of nanometric effect.

Innovative Assemblies: Determining the critical parameters for assembly technologies in order to enhance their robustness, from design to use, ensuring high performance with lower

Oxide based CMC: Developing processes to synthesise oxide-based materials (oxide fibres and oxide matrix) to provide highly durable alternatives to Titanium and Nickel based alloys for civil aircraft applications, within a temperature range of 500°C to 800 °C,.

SiC MI CMC: Developing SiC-based CMC materials at the market price for high-temperature applications on civil aircraft parts.