Our competence center meets the challenges of industrial competitiveness to develop lighter aeronautical and spatial structures that are both resistant and multifunctional, by using high-performance composite materials.
We focus on the development of materials from thermostable organic matrices (PEEK, PEKK, PAEK, and high-temperature polymers), to thermoplastics or thermosets and ceramic matrices resistant at very high temperatures (aluminum oxide Al2O3, silicon carbide, vitroceramics, etc.). The applications targeted are the critical mechanical structures of aircraft, launchers, satellites, and motors whose reliability has to be guaranteed.
We design and develop new multifunctional composite materials with managed architectures, and we also operate on a semi-industrial scale. Going beyond the technological error testing approach often found in industry, we develop digital tools and methodologies to design and manufacture high value-added materials and structures.
This enables, for instance, to reduce design and qualification phases for industrial understanding (virtual testing) of the influence of setting parameters of development means on the microstructure and properties of materials (virtual manufacturing).
Eventually, we also help technicians, engineers, and PhDs to develop their skills, and train PhD students for careers in the formulation and implementation of new generation high-performance composites.
*A prepreg is a semi-product formed of a matrix impregnating a reinforcement that ensures high breaking strength. The matrix may be thermoset or thermoplastic resins impregnated with reinforcement fibers (glass fibers, fabric, biosourced or recycled fibers, carbon fibers). This highly charged composite is earmarked for hot molding under pressure to manufacture a finished product. In the case of CMC, the matrix is a ceramic powder reinforced by ceramic or carbon fibers. This composite highly charged with ceramic particles of low grain size is then consolidated at a very high temperature (>1000°C) to manufacture a finished product.
State-of-the-art, technical syntheses, technological and scientific watch
Design and manufacture at the semi-industrial scale of multifunctional organic and ceramic composites
Complete multiscale characterization of composite materials and structures
Databases on materials and behavior models
Customized and digital decision-making support tools for design office or key process parameters optimization
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