Le Havre – Itajai in an ultra-high performance monohull!
Composite Integrity and Institut de Soudure Group are supporting Arnaud Boissières in the Transat Jacques Vabre by ensuring the condition of the materials of his IMOCA 60’.
Arnaud Boissières, skipper and SNSM record-holder, and his co-skipper, Stanislas Maslard, will be taking to the sea on the starting line of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Competition is tough, with no less than twenty IMOCA 60’ due to set off on 25th October.
“Le Bateau des métiers” passes advanced material checks with flying colours
To optimise the chances of success, the talent and experience of the sailors are backed up by the performance of the boats. Composite Integrity and Institut de Soudure Group take part in this by checking the quality of the
composite materials on Arnaud Boissières’ “Bateau des métiers by Aérocampus”. “Our IMOCA 60’ is a versatile boat whose materials were recently verified by Composite Integrity and Institut de Soudure Group. The
checks are extremely advanced; it’s like an ultrasound scan of the boat!” explained Arnaud Boissières. For three days, a team of experienced controllers concentrated on the mast, the rudders, the boom and the hull.
“We are ready for a good race and can’t wait to take to the sea!” he added.
Composites, ultra-resistant materials for increasingly powerful boats
Composites are materials prized for their resistance and the weight savings they provide.
They are used on cars, including Formula 1, aircraft, boats and yachts because they increase their performance and offer numerous design possibilities. Composites are really put to the test during sports competitions. Therefore, it is essential to verify the integrity of their structure to ensure safety and performance. “At sea, the boats are subjected to extreme pressure. It is essential to ensure there is no damage to the composite elements of the boat. It is a way of guaranteeing their resistance under duress and of ensuring that Arnaud and Stanislas navigate in optimal conditions all the way to Brazil”, added
Abdelkrim Chehaibou, Director of Group Research, Managing Director of Institut de Soudure (association) and
President of Composite Integrity.
Presentation of partners
COMPOSITE INTEGRITY, dedicated to NDT on composite elements, is a joint venture
between PPE and the Institut de Soudure Group.
Installed since it was founded in 2010 on the Composite Park de Porcelette in Lorraine and since 2014 on the Aérocampus Aquitaine site, Composite Integrity offers industrial firms its expertise in NDT on composites at all stages of their projects: testing series parts, evaluation, development of CND techniques, inspector assistance and training. Composite Integrity is certified ISO 9001, EN 9100, PRI NADCAP NDT and PR5120.
INSTITUT DE SOUDURE GROUP: The Institut de Soudure Group has 28 centres in France and 9 abroad; it employs over 1, 000 people and lends its expertise to the world of industry. Through its R&D investments and its expertise, renowned for over 100 years, the training it provides in its training centres and its two schools — ESSA and EAPS —, the Group caters to the welding branch and related controls. It provides innovative solutions to companies all over the world, during design, manufacture or maintenance of welded equipment and assemblies. To ensure risk control in the world of industry and to guarantee product quality, it offers inspection and testing services as well as metallurgic expertise.
PPE is an international technology transfer centre specialised in composite materials. Certified ISO 9001/EN 9100, it is involved in the processing of composite materials with continuous fibres and thermoplastic or thermosetting matrices. Since PPE was founded, more than 600 technological transfers have taken place all over the world
AEROCAMPUS AQUITAINE: For three years, this campus dedicated to the aeronautics and space sector has been bringing together partners and expertise and is now recognised by large groups (Dassault Aviation, Airbus Helicopter training Services, Airbus Group, Telespazio, Saft, etc.). “Le Bateau des Métiers” by AEROCAMPUS is more than just a concept; it’s a genuine symbol of economic development in the maritime sector, combining aeronautical and naval expertise to train our youth and benefit our industries.