The skipper Armel Tripon at the helm of L'Occitane en Provence took the start of the Vendée Globe, with a seat on board incorporating low-cost biobased carbon fibers, the first piece produced by the IRT Jules Verne as part of the Force project. .
IRT Jules Verne implemented the TFP ( Tailored Fiber Placement ) fiber placement process to achieve this seat. This process uses technology from the textile industry to orient and hold the carbon fiber in the desired locations, which leads to a drastic reduction in material waste, the fibers being positioned as needed. Another advantage of this process: it makes it possible to optimize the mechanical properties of the part by orienting the fibers in the direction of the main stresses. Finally, this process uses dry fibers, thus avoiding the use of semi-products (fabrics, NCFs, prepregs), resulting in significant economic gain and greater flexibility of the process.