Hexcel/Mines St-Etienne launch academic committee for new-generation composite structures

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Composites company Hexcel and 200-year old Mines St Etienne School of Engineering have launched a new industrial academic “chair” to research into the digital modelling and simulation of resin vacuum infusion process in primary structures for the aerospace industry, and more specifically modeling on multi-scale and the multi-physical (solid, fluid and porous media mechanics, physical chemistry of polymers, thermal physics).

Hexcel decided to involve Mines St Etienne in its research programme in order to enhance theoretical knowledge of the vacuum infusion process and help users to understand the process, so as to make appropriate evaluations for the manufacture of their structural components.

The set-up is sponsored by Hexcel customers: Paulin Fideu, R&D Technologies Manager at Airbus, and Patrick Henrat, Director of Technologies at Safran Composites.

Professor Sylvain Drapier will head the chair and will supervise five theses prepared by experts in aerospace engineering, mechanics, digital methods and applied mathematics.

Hexcel Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced composites, recently announced major investments in France, totaling US$262 million.


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