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The P’ institute is a research laboratory in the fields of Physics and Engineering Sciences for Materials, Mechanics, Energetics and Environment. Pprime is a Joint Research Unit, belonging to the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the University of Poitiers and the National Higher School ISAE - ENSMA. Its research activities cover a broad spectrum of topics including physics of materials, fluid and material mechanics, energetics and mechanical engineering.

In the Department “Physics and Mechanics of Materials” of Pprime, the group “Damage and durability” focuses on the mechanical behaviour of material and structures for the aeronautical industry as well as ground transportation and energy. Experimental approaches are coupled with modelling in order to study durability and safety of structural materials in realistic conditions: thermo mechanical loading, moisture, high speed, fatigue and oxidation. The general methodology is to produce experimental data in real condition with a careful attention to physical mechanisms. Then, simulations based on experimental observations are produced in order to be able to predict accurately durability.

The group “Heterogeneous Combustion and porous medias” have a large experience of studies in order to propose models of simulation of the thermal decomposition of different solid fuels, as beginning on the characterization of the degradation of composites epoxy resin/carbon fibres. Based on both experimental and modelling approaches, the objective is to complete this study with an up scaling approach in order to propose a complete model of the thermal decomposition and thermo-mechanical behaviour of the composite reservoir used for the storage of pressurized hydrogen.

The "LEMTA" (Applied and Theoretical Mechanics and Energy Laboratory) is a Joint Research Unit between Université de Lorraine and CNRS. Its research activities are organized around Fluid Media, Energy, Transfers and Solid Mechanics. Close to 180 researchers, technical and administration staffs are involved on dedicated facilities located near Nancy. The activities are divided between basic research, social or environmental questions and applied research. The “Fire” Group from LEMTA focuses its research activities on combustion, fires and related radiative transfer problems. The researchers of the group have been long involved in fire propagation in the frame of wildland fires and radiation from flames. Gathering their skills on fire modeling and radiative transfer they are now involved in all fields related to fire safety. Researchers involved in the present project have developed special skills related to infrared metrology and models for characterizing the radiation emission from materials and from flames. They provide their experience for the surface and flame characterization regarding radiation emission and absorption.




Damien HALM
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Key people involved

Damien HALM Professor at ENSMA – Institute P’
Research themes: Behaviour modelling in non linear mechanics at micro and macroscale, damage modelling in composites, coupling of dissipative phenomena, damage by fatigue in composites ,finite element method

Thomas ROGAUME Professor at University of Poitiers – Institute P’
Research themes: thermal decomposition of the solid fuels, model of pyrolysis, pollutants formations, fire safety science, characterization of the fires in sub-ventilation conditions.

Professor at University of Poitiers – Institute P’
Research themes: Kinetic modelling of solid fuels thermal decomposition. Coupling of heat transfer into fuels and kinetic. Modeling of homogeneous combustion, investigation of the interaction between kinetic and mixing at micro scale.

Professor at Université de Lorraine – LEMTA since 2001.
Head of « Fire » group in LEMTA
Research themes: Radiative transfer; emission and absorption of radiation in the frame of fire applications; characterization of the radiative properties of materials; study of the emission by flames; radiative transfer models; protection against fire; interactions between smoke, fire and sprays; water sprays and mists.