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Collaborative projects – Environment and Mechanics of Composite Materials

The division's action consists of active participation in regional projects that provide the basis for our research themes. For example:

1. DYNAFIB project:

The DYNAFIB project is a collaborative project involving private companies and research centers. The aim of this project is to produce anti-vibration systems for automotive industry with a composite thermoplastic which include local continuous fiber reinforcement. The fiber placement system will allow to layup local continuous fibers in order to decrease the part weight and CO2 emissions.Supported by the ID4CAR cluster, this collaborative project groups several partners in the Pays de la Loire region: Cooper Standard, Coriolis Composites, 3MO Performances, LIMATB, the CEMCAT and the ESTACA.

ESTACA's researchers provide their contribution by producing anti-vibration parts made of thermoplastic composite reinforced with long fibres.


  • Reduce the weight by 25% compared to fibre-loaded TPs at equivalent cost
  • Produce anti-vibration parts made of composite thermoplastic with local strengthening by fibres compatible with natural rubber

2. The MATERIALS project:

The "Materials and Interfaces for the Environment and Biological Resources" project groups the skills of 11 academic and industrial scientific partners in the Pays de la Loire. Management is performed by INRA-BIA and the other partners are GEPEA, IMMM, ESB, CEISAM, IMN, MINT, LAUM, ESTACA and Art et Métiers Angers. MATERIALS is intended to provide solutions to environmental issues by creating new materials based on renewable resources (wood, agro-resources and elastomers) stemming from the re-use of bio-sourced waste (waste from wood or elastomers) in line with the industrial sectors (wood, elastomers and recycling) present in the Pays de la Loire. It also concerns designing innovative materials that can substitute for those produced by the petro-chemistry industry, which incorporate renewable resources, and developing devices or sensors for monitoring pollutants coming from recycled materials or materials manufacturing techniques.

The ESTACA is positioned on the mechanical characterisation of bio-sourced sandwiches (thesis in progress).

3. Other projects:

Participation in the establishment of a scientific consortium for non-destructive testing and evaluation in the Pays de la Loire (GIS ECND).

Participation, in the iD4Car and EMC2 competition clusters, in the committees for certifying and assessing projects.