CNRS, Constellation and the University of Grenoble Alps join forces to create a joint laboratory dedicated to the future aluminum

To address the challenge of sustainable development, all sectors of the industry must reduce their environmental impact. The metallurgical sector, for its part, relies on innovation for alloys and manufacturing processes. Constellium Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of aluminum products, has developed a joint laboratory 3ALP (Advanced Aluminum Alloy Partnership) with CNRS and Grenoble Alps University, which aims to jointly develop and innovate research on aluminum recycling and durability. Research methods for making new aluminum-based materials.

To be competitive, companies in the metallurgical sector are constantly questioning themselves: they need to create increasingly resistant parts, find mechanisms that have less impact on storage and the environment, especially for automotive, aeronautics and aluminum products for packaging, including industrial Group is one of the leading suppliers in the world.

Constellation Group

History of the Constellation From the time the company Henri Merle et Compagnie was formed in 1855, Pechini was renamed in 1950. Today, the group is headquartered in Paris, has offices in Baltimore and Zurich and has 12,000 employees internationally. It operates 27 manufacturing sites in Europe, North America and China.

In Iser, the US hub in Plymouth, Michigan, the company’s C-TEC technology center in Vorepe, as well as an academic technology center at Brunel University in London, is an alloy and source of advanced aluminum.

The Constellation Technology Center (C-TEC) is a world-renowned R&D center dedicated to aluminum and its alloys. He has contributed to many innovations related to the design of new alloys, tempers, products, functional applications, conversions and active processes. Constellium provides a team of international scientists and technologists with state-of-the-art resources that host it. C-TEC also has a high-level international university network.

Ludovic Pickier, Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence and Chief Technical Officer, said:

“I am very proud to support the inauguration of this joint laboratory, and thank those who have made this achievement possible, and first and foremost our partners, UGA and CNRS. This laboratory will allow us to continue exploring the potential of aluminum, which is the material of the future for tomorrow’s round economy. A

3ALP Joint Laboratory

Constellium and CNRS have joined forces with the University of Grenoble Alps (UGA) to create this joint laboratory.

Industrial Cooperation Grenoble INP – Part of UGA’s DNA, Institute of Engineering and Management at Grenoble Alps University. SIMAP, the Laboratory of Physics and Process Science and Engineering, based on the Grenoble INP – Phelma School, UGA, was created in 2007 and was born through the integration of 3 research units from CNRS, Grenoble INP and UGA.

The 3ALP joint laboratory, the creation of which is the result of more than 40 years of collaboration between SIMAP and C-TEC, will depend on Simap’s expertise in metallurgy design and innovative processes such as connector manufacturing (the set of processes it manufactures), level by level, By adding elements, from a digital object to a physical object). Its ambition is to respond to the challenges of the future industry: sustainable development, especially with the increase in the reusability of aluminum, all its applications.

The Constellation will have access to state-of-the-art modeling and characterization tools, particularly related to synchrotron radiation, and will benefit from the experience of Simap scientists in various fields: study of structural and mechanical properties of materials, design and implementation of instruments, development of artificial intelligence tools for materials.

CNNS President and CEO Antoine Petit commented:

“I am delighted with this integration with Constellium, which is part of a long history of collaboration. We follow a consistent policy of developing joint laboratories with companies of all sizes, confirmed by more than 200 existing joint laboratories. This ambitious form of cooperation Relying on basic research to answer industry challenges. Our ambition is to reach 400 joint laboratories in four years.

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, with more than 40 joint laboratories, leads the French territories in increasing cooperation between research and business. About one-fourth of this is overseen and led by the CNRS Alps delegation.

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