HAICoPAS, a collaborative project led by composite manufacturer Hexcel and materials producer Arkema on behalf of the industrial partners, has been approved by Bpifrance and awarded a €6m grant under France’s Investissements d’Avenir programme.
The project, representing a total amount of €13.5m, is a collaborative project between the industry and two academic laboratories: PIMM (CNRS - Arts et Métiers ParisTech - le Cnam) and LTEN.
Next to Arkema and Hexel, the industrial partners include Ingecal, Coriolis Composites, Pinette Emidecau Industries (PEI) and Institut de Soudure.
The goal of the HAICoPAS project – HAICoPAS is an acronym for Highly Automatized Integrated Composites for Performing Adaptable Structures – is to optimize the UD tape design and manufacturing process, in view of the contribution of this tape to ‘highly productive, cost competitive composite part production’.
These parts enable lightweighting at a competitive cost for such applications as primary aerospace structures, high volume automotive structural parts, and oil and gas pipes.
The HAICoPAS project also targets the development of new UD tape placement technology and a new system providing the ability to assemble final parts by welding with in-line quality control.