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Hexcel, Arkema initiate HAICoPAS project
Hexcel, Arkema and their partners have joined hands in a project called HAICoPAS which has received approval from Bpifrance and got grant of 6 million euro from France’s Investissements d’Avenir programme. The project aims at optimising UD tape design and its manufacturing in view of its use in highly productive, cost competitive, composite part production.
HAICoPAS project is a collaborative project with 13.5 million euros lead by Hexcel and Arkema and their industrial partners (Ingecal, Coriolis Composites, Pinette Emidecau Industries (PEI) et l'Institut de Soudure), and academia led by CNRS (PIMM (CNRS - Arts et Métiers ParisTech - le Cnam), LTEN (CNRS - Université de Nantes). The project follows last year’s announcement of the strategic partnership between Hexcel and Arkema to develop high performance PEKK/carbon fibre UD tapes targeting composite parts for primary aerospace structures.
The HAICoPAS (Highly Automatided Integrated Composites for Performing Adaptable Structures) project aims at optimising UD tape design and its manufacturing process in view of its use in highly productive, cost competitive, composite part production. The HAICoPAS project also targets the development of a highly productive UD tape placement technology and a new system providing the ability to assemble final parts by welding with in line quality control.
The main objective is lightweighting at competitive costs for such applications as primary aerospace structures, high volume automotive structural parts, and oil and gas pipes. The recyclability and environmental benefits of the thermoplastic materials and technologies developed within the project will be fully demonstrated and quantified.
The HAiCoPAS project brings together a consortium of complementary, high-level competencies from Hexcel (carbon fibre), Arkema (high-performance polymers) and a number of highly skilled small and medium enterprises (Institut de Soudure, Ingecal, Coriolis Composites, PEI) -- all widely recognised for their expertise in composites production equipment and processes.
The project is getting the scientific support from two laboratories - PIMM (CNRS - Arts et Métiers ParisTech - le Cnam) and LTEN (CNRS - Université de Nantes) which will develop the basic understanding for the optimisation of the materials, their processing and long-term behaviour in service conditions. (SV)