SMAC R&D

The R&D Team

Since 1997, SMAC development is focused on the R&D development. SMAC development has been closely associated to the promotion of new innovative products in the materials field. Today, the technical department is composed of a Director and 4 Technical Engineers  (including a PhD Engineer). We have supported 2 PhD in association with the engineering schools of the region. Recruitment of technicians and engineers is in progress to support the development of the R&D department. Three engineers formulate elastomers within SMAC. SMAC has always formulated dedicated rubber blendings. Currently, we have 80 to 100 living formulaes. Several formulations are created each month for the needs of our customers or for internal developments.

Our R&D Department uses the most modern means of simulation and calculation software and allows us to develop activities among which, some are developed in partnership with universities. The tests made in our laboratory represent a real added value for the company.

  • We collaborate with the aerospace valley cluster on the inmat program (innovative materials) – airbus in leadership.
  • We collaborate with SNECMA on the CORAC-EPICE program.

Increasingly innovative materials

  • The SMAC process of innovation legitimates the design of high performance materials families.
  • If SMACTANE®, SMACSONIC® or SMACMOUNT® have been proven, new products are constantly developed.
  • SMACWRAP® offers to composite structures designers, the possibility to integrate thin elastomer layers during the manufacturing of parts.
  • SMACPREG®, the last material developed by the R&D department, can be industrially inserted into the composite panels. The final product damps vibration and offers an
    optimum acoustic protection for a low mass added

SMAC Laboratory

The laboratory was rehabilitated  in 2013, and expanded its surface of 50% for:
  • Dynamic & static tests on specimens
  • Dynamic & static tests on parts
  • Adherisation & peeling tests
  • Formulation controle (rheometric tests)
  • Shock and vibration tests with controlled temperature
  • Damping tests (oberst)
  • Environmental tests (resistance to oils, water, etc.)

Photo credit: Yves Colas