The French aerospace group Dassault Aviation, renowned for its Mirage and Rafale fighters and its Falcon business jets, has joined forces with leading French research institutions to create a research and development laboratory for new materials intended for the aviation, in particular with regard to acoustics, anti-icing and electromagnetism. The institutions concerned are the National Center for Scientific Research (in short CNRS), the University of Lorraine and the University of Strasbourg.
The new research center is certified as a Functional Innovative Materials for Aviation laboratory (MOLIERE) and is also supported by the French Defense Innovation Agency. The laboratory creation agreement has an initial term of four years, but can be renewed. (MOLIERE is of course a reference to the great 17th century French playwright Molière, whose real name is Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, whose works have deeply marked the French language.)
“For the aeronautics industry, mastery of innovative materials is a key differentiator for many commercial and defense products,” said the Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. Eric Trappier. “Whether it is for the internal acoustics of our Falcons (absorbent materials), the stealth technology of our combat aircraft (materials for electromagnetic stealth) or the safety of all our aircraft (anti-frost materials), we must absolutely keep our advance. I am therefore delighted with this partnership with the CNRS and the Universities of Strasbourg and Lorraine, which all have world-class researchers, methods and tools.
“Our two research laboratories involved in this partnership with Dassault Aviation have internationally recognized expertise in materials”, underlined the Chairman and CEO of CNRS. Antoine Petit. “I am very happy to see once again more than 25 years of scientific cooperation with Dassault Aviation come to fruition. [Tuesday], this time with the creation of a joint research laboratory. This signature is part of the steps taken by the CNRS to strengthen our relations with companies which notably involve more than 170 joint laboratories in activity, such as the joint MOLIERE laboratory set up. [Tuesday]. “
“I am delighted that this partnership has materialized, emphasizing the importance of bringing together complementary experts from academic research and businesses to meet today’s technological, economic and societal challenges”, enthusiastically stated the president of the ‘University of Lorraine. Pierre Mutzenhardt. President of the University of Strasbourg Michel deneken said he was “proud to see this long-standing partnership lead to the creation of a joint research laboratory. The MOLIERE laboratory aims to respond to the economic and environmental challenges of aviation.
The new joint laboratory will seek to develop new materials with high added value for aviation, replacing current materials and offering new or improved properties and functionalities, while achieving material savings. To these ends, it will combine theory, digital processes and experimentation.