With over 25 years’ experience in the composites industry, including leading roles in Sales, Marketing, R&T and Innovation. Pascal Joubert des Ouches has developed over 100 products for several sports companies and filed a dozen of exploited patents.
Founder of a product innovation agency in 2002, he developed bio-mimetic IP licensing business in the protective helmet category. Pascal has been involved in several innovative carbon composites projects with Boeing, Toray, Hyundai-Kia motors, Cobra International, TaylorMade, CCM, and Doosan wind blades.
About Helicoid Industries
Millions of years ago, the “smasher” mantis shrimp, one of nature’s feistiest predators, evolved to develop an internal structure to protect its hammer-like club it uses to pulverize prey with incredible speed and force. This structure that wraps around the mantis shrimp’s club protects it from self-inflicting damage as it crushes hard-shelled prey.
The University of California Riverside (UCR) has spent over 11 years and over $9 million dollars reverse engineering the club and has determined that it is not the material, but the structure that provides the strength and toughness. The material is organized in sheets of locally parallel fibers that are stacked upon each other such that each sheet is skewed by an angle from the sheet below it. This architecture is called a helicoid and has now been broadly patented by UCR and licensed to Helicoid Industries to commercialize its use in composite materials.
Manufacturing ultra-strong composite materials and components using this helicoid structure will result in them being lighter, stronger, tougher, and more impact resistant. Manufacturing any composite product that is currently made with traditional fiber alignment and simply utilizing the helicoid structure, will provide one of two benefits (or a combination of both); 1) composite parts would provide similar strength and toughness, but only requires approximately one-half of the material to achieve these properties, thus resulting in reduced material costs, reduced weight, and better energy efficiency, or 2) using the same amount of material would result in approximately twice the strength, toughness, and damage resistance which would be preferred in applications where weight reduction is not a driving factor such as armor plating or bullet proof vests.
The benefits of the helicoid structure has been demonstrated regardless of the materials used to create the composite material.
By simply shifting to a helicoid architecture when manufacturing these same composite components will result in achieving further enhancements and improvements to an already well-established composite industry.
This helicoid structure is a platform technology that can easily be applied to numerous industries that are constantly searching for lighter and stronger components.
Companies: Helicoid Industries