LAUNCH OF THE HYBRITECH PROJECT TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AERONAUTICAL SECTOR, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THEIR PROCESSES
The IRT Jules Verne and its partners, AIRBUS and LOIRETECH, have just launched the HYBRITECH project for a duration of 36 months and a budget of 2.8M€.
Composite materials for aeronautical applications and their implementation are now widely mastered. However, the context of increasing aeronautical production rates requires a review of aspects of the manufacturing process. The objective of the HYBRITECH project is to evaluate the capacity of textile technologies to respond to these new constraints, in particular the capacity to produce while minimising the rate of material loss, and to reduce the injection and polymerisation cycle, which is currently a lock for high production rates.
HYBRITECH follows on from the WING project, which focused on the implementation of carbon fibre preforms. It extends to the problem of resin injection on dry fibres.
The main objectives are :
– To increase the production rate of composite material processing technologies (RTM) by meeting the quality requirements of parts linked to the aeronautical context.
– Reduce material waste rates
– Reduce injection and polymerisation cycle times
The work on injection will aim to reduce costs in order to reduce manufacturing times and reduce tooling investments.
The work on the reduction of material waste and environmental products could open up interesting prospects for the aeronautical sector but also, by extension, for the wind energy and automotive sectors.