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GCE - IMAP - MCTR - MEMA - TFL
GCE - The Civil and Environmental Engineering Research Unit considers three main research directions:
- Hydraulics: flood modelling, both experimental and numerical
- Geotechnical engineering: pile driving systems, rock mechanics, soil pollution
- Structures and materials engineering
IMAP - Researches in the IMAP division aim at:
- Improving fundamental knowledge in the field of processes and inorganic materials engineering. The fields of application involve the treatment of effluents, physical-chemistry of advanced metallic alloys, composites and architectured materials, process design and optimisation, process modelling, analysis, monitoring and control, the macro-, micro- and nano-mechanical properties of materials and microsystems, the metal forming processes, the recycling and refining of metals, the physical-chemistry of separation, the chemical thermodynamics and kinetics
- Estabilishing a methodology for adressing sustainable development problems based on a life cycle engineering approach and on a strategy for materials and processes selection
Research in the chemical reaction engineering group focuses on the development, the simulation and the optimization of large scale (petro)chemical production processes. The key words of our experimental and theoretical research program are intrinsic reaction kinetics, hydrodynamics, in particular of multiphasic flows, the interaction between reactions and transport phenomena, and computational fluid dynamics.
Mechatronics denotes the simultaneous and integrated combination of techniques deriving from mechanics, electricity, electronics, as well as control and computer sciences, used to design more reliable and more competitive products.
This multi-disciplinary approach requires an effective interaction between the various disciplines involved in each study phase. The mechatronic methodology aims at reaching an optimum, which cannot be obtained by a classical approach that is mainly sequential and compartmentalized.
The CEREM - Center for Research in Mechatronics of UCL - combines its various competencies in solving the technological challenges arising from new applications.
Modelling and numerical simulation in continuum mechanics.
Process simulation : injection moulding, composites, crystal growth, extrusion, mixing.
Micro-macro modelling of polymers.
Mechanical properties of composites.
Plasticity, nonlinear elasticity, damage.
Algorithms for nonlinear homogenization.
Numerical software engineering.
TFL - The research activities of the unit are all related to fluid mechanics and applied thermodynamics:
- Development of numerical methods for fluid mechanics (vortex methods)
- Modelling and simulation of turbulent flows (DNS, LES)
- Modelling and simulation of external flows (aircraft wake vortex, wind turbines, etc.)
- Modelling and simulation of reactionnal flows (compressible reactive flows, HCCI engines, TDAC approach, etc.)
- Experimental and numerical study of combustion kinetics (alcohol, soot precursors, biofuels)
- Experimental and numerical study of thermochemical biomass conversion (pyrolysis, gasification, combustion)
- Modelling in nuclear thermal hydraulic (gen IV systems)
- Solar driven cooling systems using ejectors (study of the cycle and of the ejectors)