Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives

High speed rail track Instrumentation

Participant : Ivan Guéguen.

  • Type: IRT

  • Objectif: bridge SHM

  • Duration: 11/2014 to 11/2018

  • Coordinator: RAILENIUM


  • Inria contact: Ivan Guéguen

  • Abstract: This project aims to orchestrate multiple sections of a high-speed route (classical section with granular layer, transition zone). The proposed instrumentation concerns all the different layers of the structure, and is designed to allow monitoring of the overall track behavior

    The instrumentation will include: A Weather station measures environmental conditions (temperature, precipitation on the site). Accelerometers, to monitor the dynamic behavior of the track, with measures at several levels: the hammer beams on top of the grave-bitumen layer, on top of the soil. These measures will include acceleration compare the dynamic response of a section with and without GB. Instrumentation of severe bitumen strain gauges for measuring the longitudinal and transverse tensile strains at the base of the UK, and temperature probes (top and bottom layer). This instrumentation will estimate the fatigue life of the GB, temperature changes in this layer, and will calculate a temperature equivalent to the layer of GB. Instrumentation subgrade by means of measurement gauges at the top of the vertical deformation of the soil, and TDR probes to measure changes in water content. Its objective is to measure the levels of distortion in the upper part of the soil, and their variations, in conjunction with the seasonal variations in water content. An anchored sensor, measuring the total deflection between the top of the GB and a reference point that is 4 m deep. This sensor will measure the total displacement of the structure beneath the ballast (GB + layer of granular soil leveling + support). These will also serve as a reference for comparison with the movements deducted from accelerometer measurements. Continuous optical fiber, to measure static permanent deformation in the transverse direction over the entire width of the structure at the base of the sub-layer. These optical fibers used to monitor deformation obtained following the transverse profile in the game with underlay in the UK (in ballast) and the part with underlay GNT (Differential settlement, appearance of a crack ...).


Participant : Jean Dumoulin.

  • Type: FUI

  • Objectif: Innovation for rehabilitation of potable water tubes

  • Duration: Since 11/2012

  • Coordinator: FREYSSINET

  • Inria contact: J. Dumoulin

    Since 2012, within FUI Reptiles, J. Dumoulin was coordinator of the conception, study and development of a thermoplastic composite assembly system for water tubes reenforcement. Moreover, infrared thermography was used for active control.


Participants : Laurent Mevel, Dominique Siegert, Ivan Guéguen, Vincent Le Cam, Mathieu Le Pen, Michael Doehler.

contract 6841.

  • Type: FUI

  • Objectif: Systèmes d'Instrumentation pour la prévention des risques

  • Duration: June 2013 to June 2014

  • Coordinator: ADVITAM

  • Inria contact: L. Mevel

  • Abstract: The project concerns the behavior of a prestressed concrete beam, a series of vibration and displacement measurement was carried out in line with internal stresses due to the cables. This followed an experimental modal analysis and study of the variations of modal parameters on the beam. As part of the project, the laboratory signaling gantry of IFSTTAR Nantes was instrumented to perform an experimental system for automatic damage detection based on monitoring the natural modes of vibration. The gantry was also modeled by the finite element method to predict the variations of the first natural frequencies of vibration for a damage event catalog. The gantry is a metallic structure of 8x12 m, formed by the assembly of profiled aluminum alloy welded. This portico was installed there thirty years on the site. Each pillar is fixed in a massive concrete anchor with threaded rods 10, which are critical for the stability of the gantry. CAD geometric model made with Solidworks that was used for the mesh structure with shell elements. The FE mesh consists of 59231 triangular elements at 6 knots, the model has a total of 143,831 nodes. The thicknesses of the shells of the parts constituting the structure are between 3 and 25 mm. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy are reported in the table below. The boundary conditions applied to the model consisted of blocking the degrees of freedom of movement and rotation on the edges of holes arranged to pass the threaded rods. The mesh is refined in the vicinity of the holes. The results give an excellent correlation between simulation and experiment on the relative value for the third mode. The correlation is smaller for the first and the second mode. An update of the numerical model can refine the correlation between simulation and experiment, especially the absolute value of frequencies. As shown in the simulation and experimentation, modes with greater frequency of changes generally important in their relative value.

    Tests were performed on laboratory test slabs SII Nantes

    Very good progresses has also been validated compared to the problems encountered on PEGASE 1 due to memory limitations (few memory, no MMU, reduced Linux...). A global method is currently tested: transcoding SSI algorithms from Matlab sources to C codes using the Matlab-coder toolbox. Thus code execution is compared to the results got from Matlab from a common benchmark of data files

Collaboration with ISAE

Participants : Laurent Mevel, Ahmed Jhinaoui.

Ahmed Jhinaoui has finished his thesis on helicopter instability. This thesis was co-directed by professor Morlier from ISAE, France. This thesis is funded by FP7-NMP Large Scale Integrated Project IRIS.

Collaboration with GEM

Participants : Laurent Mevel, Michael Doehler, Md Delwar Hossain Bhuyan.

Md Delwar Hossain Bhuyan has started a PhD on Damage localisation on offshore platforms, The thesis is co-directed by L. Mevel and F. Schoefs from GEM, Nantes, with supervision shared with M. Doehler and Y. Lecieux from GEM. It is funded by the Brittany region for 3 years.