Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives


  • Title: Maillages adaptatifs pour les interfaces instationnaires avec deformations, etirements, courbures.

  • Type: ANR

  • Duration: 48 months

  • Starting date : 1st Oct 2013

  • Coordinator: Dervieux Alain (Inria Sophia)

  • Abstract: Mesh adaptive numerical methods allow computations which are otherwise impossible due to the computational resources required. We address in the proposed research several well identified main obstacles in order to maintain a high-order convergence for unsteady Computational Mechanics involving moving interfaces separating and coupling continuous media. A priori and a posteriori error analysis of Partial Differential Equations on static and moving meshes will be developed from interpolation error, goal-oriented error, and norm-oriented error. From the minimization of the chosen error, an optimal unsteady metric is defined. The optimal metric is then converted into a sequence of anisotropic unstructured adapted meshes by means of mesh regeneration, deformation, high stretching, and curvature. A particular effort will be devoted to build an accurate representation of physical phenomena involving curved boundaries and interfaces. In association with curved boundaries, a part of studies will address third-order accurate mesh adaption. Mesh optimality produces a nonlinear system coupling the physical fields (velocities, etc.) and the geometrical ones (unsteady metric, including mesh motion). Parallel solution algorithms for the implicit coupling of these different fields will be developed. Addressing efficiently these issues is a compulsory condition for the simulation of a number of challenging physical phenomena related to industrial unsolved or insufficiently solved problems. Non-trivial benchmark tests will be shared by consortium partners and by external attendees to workshops organized by the consortium. The various advances will be used by SME partners and proposed in software market.


  • Title: Tsunamis in the Atlantic and the English ChaNnel: Definition of the Effects through numerical Modeling (TANDEM)

  • Type: PIA - RSNR (Investissement d'Avenir, “Recherches en matière de Sûreté Nucléaire et Radioprotection”)

  • Duration: 48 months

  • Starting date : 1st Jan 2014

  • Coordinator: H. Hebert (CEA)

  • Abstract: TANDEM is a project dedicated to the appraisal of coastal effects due to tsunami waves on the French coastlines, with a special focus on the Atlantic and Channel coastlines, where French civil nuclear facilities have been operated since about 30 years. As identified in the call RSNR, this project aims at drawing conclusions from the 2011 catastrophic tsunami, in the sense that it will allow, together with a Japanese research partner, to design, adapt and check numerical methods of tsunami hazard assessment, against the outstanding observation database of the 2011 tsunami. Then these validated methods will be applied to define, as accurately as possible, the tsunami hazard for the French Atlantic and Channel coastlines, in order to provide guidance for risk assessment on the nuclear facilities.

APP Bordeaux 1

  • Title : Reactive fluid flows with interface : macroscopic models and application to self-healing materials

  • Type : Project Bordeaux 1

  • Duration : 36 months

  • Starting : September 2014

  • Coordinator : M. Colin

  • Abstract : Because of their high strength and low weight, ceramic-matrix composite materials (CMCs) are the focus of active research, for aerospace and energy applications involving high temperatures. Though based on brittle ceramic components, these composites are not brittle due to the use of a fiber/matrix interphase that manages to preserve the fibers from cracks appearing in the matrix. The lifetime-determining part of the material is the fibers, which are sensitive to oxidation; when the composite is in use, it contains cracks that provide a path for oxidation. The obtained lifetimes can be of the order of hundreds of thousands of hours. These time spans make most experimental investigations impractical. In this direction, the aim of this project is to furnish predictions based on computer models that have to take into account: 1) the multidimensional topology of the composite made up of a woven ceramic fabric; 2) the complex chemistry taking place in the material cracks; 3) the flow of the healing oxide in the material cracks.

APP University of Bordeaux

  • Title : Modélisation d'un système de dégivrage thermique

  • Type : Project University of Bordeaux

  • Duration : 36 months

  • Starting : October 2016

  • Coordinator : H. Beaugendre and M. Colin

  • Abstract : From the beginning of aeronautics, icing has been classified as a serious issue : ice accretion on airplanes is due to the presence of supercooled droplets inside clouds and can lead to major risks such as aircrash for example. As a consequence, each airplane has its own protection system : the most important one is an anti-icing system which runs permanently. In order to reduce gas consumption, de-icing systems are developed by manufacturers. One alternative to real experiment consists in developing robust and reliable numerical models : this is the aim of this project. These new models have to take into account multi-physics and multi-scale environnement : phase change, thermal transfer, aerodynamics flows, etc. We aim to use thin films equations coupled to level-set methods in order to describe the phase change of water. The overall objective is to provide a simulation plateform, able to provide a complete design of these systems.