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11th July 2019, Stamford, CT

New project HAICoPAS targets innovative solutions

The main market objective is lightweighting at competitive costs for such applications as primary aerospace structures. © Hexcel

The main market objective is lightweighting at competitive costs for such applications as primary aerospace structures. © Hexcel

Hexcel, Arkema and their partners have announced that their joint collaborative project HAICoPAS has received approval from Bpifrance and the support (grant of EUR 6 million) of France’s Investissements d’Avenir programme.

HAICoPAS project is a collaborative project with a total amount of EUR 13.5 million lead by Hexcel and Arkema and their industrial partners (Ingecal, Coriolis Composites, Pinette Emidecau Industries (PEI) et l'Institut de Soudure), and academia lead by CNRS (PIMM (CNRS - Arts et Métiers ParisTech - le Cnam), LTEN (CNRS - Université de Nantes). This 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.

Optimising UD tape design

The HAICoPAS (Highly Automatised 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 within line quality control.

The main market 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.

Competencies and scientific support

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 recognised for their expertise in composites production equipment and processes.

The project also benefits from the scientific support of two laboratories: PIMM (CNRS - Arts et Métiers ParisTech - le Cnam) and LTEN (CNRS - Université de Nantes), which will develop the basic understanding for the optimization of the materials, their processing and long-term behaviour in service conditions.

The HAICoPAS project aims to generate a complete supply chain able to supply carbon/thermoplastic UD tapes produced by Hexcel or Arkema and provide the associated composite part manufacturing and assembling lines (SME Partners). This new material and process supply chain will thus offer complete light-weighting solutions for the downstream aerospace, automotive and oil and gas industries.

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