Photo by B. Gergaud

Photo by B. Gergaud

Groupe Institut de Soudure and Composite Integrity have carried out non-destructive testing on the composites of IMOCA, the new Open 60 monohull to be piloted by Arnaud Boissières, skipper and holder of the SNSM record.

The aim of this intervention from partners of Le Bateau des Métiers by Aerocampus is to check the condition of the materials in order to ensure human safety and the integrity of the structures of the composite parts onboard the monohull.

For three days, a team of experienced controllers from Groupe Institut de Soudure and Composite Integrity concentrated on the mast, the rudders and the boom, as well as on the reinforcing elements in the inner hull.

Commenting on the testing Arnaud Boissières says: “We take advantage of the experience and the presence of our two partners in Sables d‘Olonne to really push the checks to their limits, on other elements subjected to extreme stresses.”

The 27-metre long mast was removed and taken to the workshop and the unit was examined on 700 different points. The boom and the rudders were also inspected.

“The boat undergoes an ultrasonic scan to ensure there is no pre-damage”, explain Jérôme Raynal, sales director of Composite Integrity.

Tap tests were also carried out to detect any faults in the glued assemblies. In addition, non-destructive testing was also carried out in optimal conditions using cutting-edge techniques.

The project to get this racing yacht ready began in Aérocampus Aquitaine, in the South-West of France. The city is a flagship of the nautical industry, with over 400 companies present, 2,400 employees and over 300 million euros of annual turnover.

The objective of Le Bateau des Métiers by Aérocampus is to prepare a racing yacht for the Vendée Globe in the form of a training workshop, where all skills of the South-West – naval and aeronautic – will be visible for all to see.

Arnaud Boissières and his co-skipper Stanislas Maslard are taking part of the Transat Jacques Vabre race.

Composite Integrity is a 50% subsidiary of Groupe Institut de Soudure.