EconCore has appointed Dr Olivier Rozant as its new CTO.
Dr Rozant previously worked at DuPont exploring the potential uses of Nomex and Kevlar aerospace honeycombs, for which he received a company sustainable growth excellence award, according to the company. He also worked with Michelin on the development of a composite-based elastic wheel and partnered with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd to make thermoplastic sandwiches and with Airbus to develop lightweight honeycombs.
Dr Rozant’s PhD investigated how direct complex shape thermoforming of PEI flat based sandwich preforms using selected textiles reinforcements could be applied in aircraft interiors, EconCore said. This enabled the production of aircraft secondary double-curved wall panels in less than a minute which reduced cost per part by 75% and was nominated for a materials award from the EPFL Institute in Switzerland.
‘My best work has come about from combining small team capabilities, finding synergies with partners and spending time with those who are using the various applications,’ said Dr Rozant.
‘EconCore is enabling me to use these skills to move towards more sustainable solutions in honeycomb technology, bringing in disruptive solutions which will help to make air and ground travel more environmentally friendly, reduce waste and shape the future potential of honeycomb cores in sandwich structures.’
This story uses material from EconCore, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.