Designing and manufacturing microsensors? Trialling new urban mobility technologies? Evaluating the performance of urban design measures and materials? All these are possible thanks to Université Gustave Eiffel's exceptional facilities. Bringing together projects, skills and resources, these facilities are available to students, researchers and firms, be they start-ups, SMEs or large groups. They encourage collaboration and make it possible to conduct research, experiments and/or innovative tests in the fields of transport, energy, biomedicine, geotechnology, etc. Their purpose is to transfer technology and innovation.
Dedicated to providing technological support for micro- and nanotechnology, the white rooms at Noisy-le-Grand offer a 650 m² space with more than 120 facilities covering every stage in the manufacture of micro-objects and microsensors: thin film deposition, oxidation, photolithography, plasma and wet etching, chemical cleaning, electrolytic deposition... The clean rooms provide a fertile breeding ground for cutting-edge technological innovations and offer laboratories and firms various services such as prototyping, small series manufacturing and assistance with design and technology transfer. They are important for a variety of sectors: biomedical, aeronautics, communications, connected objects, the environment and sustainable cities.
Located in the plain of the river Ain, roughly 50 kilometres from Lyon, the Transpolis platform provides researchers and industry with a full-scale laboratory town for studying urban mobility. Motorways, ring roads, country roads, modifiable intersections, traffic signals, crash-test tracks... Transpolis offers various facilities and infrastructures that are interconnected by 320 km of optical fibres. This test site, which is unique in Europe, provides novel facilities and capabilities for testing new technologies and new applications under real-life, secure and controlled conditions.
The geotechnical centrifuge in Nantes is equipped with an earthquake simulator and a robotic manipulator and uses small-scale models to study the behaviour of geotechnical structures such as foundations, offshore anchorages, fill or retaining walls. It is the only such facility for geotechnical applications in France and one of the largest in the world. It is used by stakeholders and industry for various applications in the field of geotechnics but also, for example, the certification of aeronautical and medical equipment.
A realistic demonstrator for urban innovations, Sense-Cityis a mobile climate chamber that can be displaced to cover two 400m² mini-cities. This facility allows specific weather conditions to be programmed for specified periods of time. Under real instrumented conditions (in the open air) or under controlled conditions, the experiments carried out on the two sensor-packed mini-cities are designed to study the performance of urban facilities and materials, to monitor the city of tomorrow and to study air, water or soil pollution. Sense-City also provides support for the design and improvement of micro- and nanosensors.
The purpose of the fatigue test track in Nantes is to conduct full-scale accelerated investigations into the behaviour of pavements under heavy truck traffic. Consisting of a central turret and four arms whose ends can be fitted with rolling loads, this carousel has many applications: evaluating innovative materials and structures, evaluating construction or maintenance techniques, studying the behaviour and design of roadway elements, testing pavement testing and instrumentation equipment, etc. As one of the largest facilities of this type in the world, the fatigue carousel assists in the creation of many partnerships with road construction companies, design offices, and the manufacturers of materials and urban pavements, etc.
The only one of its kind in Europe, the Rhône Département Register of Road Traffic Accident Casualties has, since 1995, been conducting comprehensive and continuous data collection in hospitals of all the casualties of road traffic accidents that have occurred in the Département. Its database contains information on nearly 200,000 casualties with in all more than 380,000 injuries. This data is regularly analysed to respond to general or specific requests concerning, for example, an age category, a type of user or a type of injury. Open to academics, the authorities in France and Europe, car manufacturers and user associations, this monitoring and research tool helps to estimate the number of seriously injured people at the national level and to better understand not only the characteristics of casualties and their accidents, but also the nature and severity of the injuries they sustain.
Located on the Champs-sur-Marne and Villeneuve-d'Ascq sites, the Electromagnetic measurements platform is made up of several Faraday shielded measurement chambers for conducting electromagnetic tests in a controlled environment. It is mainly used to test the performance of communication systems (WiFi, 5G, G5, and RFID), electromagnetic detection systems (anti-collision radar) and their components, as well as the electromagnetic compatibility of different systems. The platform therefore allows us to conduct a large number of experiments for communication, localisation and perception systems in the context of research and industrial development work. A laboratory truck is also available for on-site measurements.
This platform on the Versailles-Satory site has been designed to conduct ageing tests and to characterise the effects of ageing. It is suitable for all types of testing of power electronic components, in particular for active (self-heating) and passive (environmental) thermal cycling. It is able to simulate experimentally the thermal or electrothermal mission profiles of these components in order to obtain ageing and deterioration that is representative of the applications in question. The platform can be used in particular by the manufacturers and users of power components, and allows, for example, the development of systems for predicting remaining useful life for predictive maintenance purposes.
By immersing subjects in virtual environments, immersive motion simulators provide the ability to study the behaviour of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in controlled situations. The research carried out using simulators opens up possibilities that are not available on test tracks and in real situations, making it possible to study situations that do not exist - or at least not yet - in complete safety.
Université Gustave Eiffel still has a wide range of dedicated scientific facilities that enable it to conduct high-level research and expert appraisals.