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Materials - Processes


Take a closer look at the technological platforms used at the aeronautical unit of the Carnot institutes: try our guide!

The Aircar and Onera branches of the Carnot institutes provide SME and intermediate-sized companies in the aeronautical industry with a guide to how to access their technological platforms.

The new guide, "Les plateformes technologiques de la filière aéronautique des Instituts Carnot" (Technological platforms used at the aeronautical unit of the Carnot institutes) prepared by the eight Carnot institutes involved in Aircar (Cetim, Ingénierie@Lyon, M.I.N.E.S, Arts, Ifpen-Transports Energie, Mica, CEA Leti, ESP) and its pilot program, Onera, aims to allow SME and intermediate-sized companies to rapidly access the expertise and test resources of 50 renowned technological platforms in the aeronautical sector! 

Four key topics

This guide lists the technological platforms according to their technical pertinence in terms of aeronautical issues, the services proposed (R&D, prototypes, characterisation, production, training services, etc.) and compatibility with the budgets of small businesses, SME and intermediate-sized companies. The guide is broken down into four topics to make it easier to find the right expertise and laboratory resources. The first topic covers materials (composites, functional textiles, surface tribology, etc.) and processes (additive manufacturing, machining processes, industrial robotics, etc.). The second topic focuses on hybrid and electrical components and systems, and lists the platforms able to cover the design and characterisation of electric motors or power storage, to give just a couple of examples. The third topic relates to embedded systems, such as radio communications systems and anti-theft protection for embedded systems. Finally, the last chapter of the guide focuses on "drones and new associated services": free flight, vibrations and aeroelasticity, and acoustic imaging.

An interactive version of the guide " Les plateformes technologiques de la filière aéronautique des Instituts Carnot" (Technological platforms used at the aeronautical unit of the Carnot institutes) is available from the following website: A printed version can also be obtained from Aircar on request.

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Mastering various types of materials (metallic, polymer, composite...) and their particular implementation through processing and assembly processes is the very base of mechanical engineering industry. The technologies used in this sector gradually evolve but remain critical for everybody.
This technological focus includes projects relating to : virtual simulation of manufacturing processes, implementation of innovative manufacturing processes or improvement of existing ones, innovative assembly processes (mechanical ones, but also processes using adhesive bonding or welding), characterization and definition of using conditions for new materials (metallic or non-metallic ones) and nanostructured materials or surfaces.

Hot topics

To help the mechanical engineering industry to anticipate and make the best strategic choices, Cetim, with support from its partners, has identified 53 technologies which are considered as priorities for the mechanical engineering sector for 2020.

  1. Micro-fabrication
  2. Agile and adaptive manufacturing systems
  3. Nanofilled elastomers
  4. Integration of robots during production
  5. Near Net Shape forming methods
  6. Light and titanium alloys
  7. Superalloys and ultrahigh performance steels
  8. Thermoplastic composites
  9. Welding of high-performance materials
  10. Multi-material joining
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