Membership Category

  • Associate


  • Université de Toulouse


  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Biosourced Composite Materials
  • Repair of composite materials (epoxy, thermoplastics...)
  • Machining processes

Scientific activities and affiliations

  • Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
  • Clément Ader Institute


Dr. (Habilitated) Redouane Zitoune is Professor in mechanical engineering at Clement Ader Institute (ICA UMR 5312) of Toulouse University (Toulouse, France), since 2005. His research fields focus on the manufacturing, machining and repair of composite materials. His current research interests include damage analysis during drilling and milling of composites materials (with conventional machining, laser machining and abrasive water jet machining) and Finite element analysis modelling. He is also interested in the thermal analysis of composite structures using numerical and experimental approaches (with different techniques of instrumentation such as: optical fibres, Infrared camera…). He has published more than 160 technical papers in national and international journals/conferences. In the area of machining of composite materials, he served as guest editor of several referenced international journals and co-editor of 4 books (Springer, Elsevier, Tran Tech Publications).

Affiliated research axes

Change and Transition Management

Planning Optimization

Resource and Product Maximization

Policy levers

Projects funded by the RRECQ

Studies on the development of additive manufacturing composite repair techniques for aeronautical parts using circular manufacturing strategie


Composites are versatile materials widely used in aerospace structures thanks to their excellent mechanical properties. Like all materials, they are sensitive to impact and wear under operating conditions. In the event of damage, instead of replacing the part, repair is an economically feasible alternative, as it increases the product life cycle and also significantly reduces costs. In this project, composite repair techniques are analyzed for optimization and efficiency, where unconventional machining strategies are applied for machining the damaged area, patch manufacturing is undertaken using 3D printing, and integration studies are envisaged to verify the effectiveness of repaired versus blank samples. This project serves greatly within the circular economic framework in the efficient use of resources and the improvement of product life cycles.


  • 3D printing
  • Repair
  • Source reduction
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec