The team’s research centers around the applications of fluid mechanics and problems associated with environmentally-related turbulence:

- variable mass volume jets: risks associated with stocking hydrogen under high pressure for the general public to use combustible batteries

- turbulent boundary layers developing on environments: modeling aerosol uptake on green space and urban areas

- liquid two-phase jets and their fragmentation: spraying pesticides and sprinkler irrigation

- aerodynamics and aeroacoustics: automobile industry and passenger comfort

- sedimentary erosion: river barrier preservation

Most of these activities are conducted using financing obtained from a combination of ANR programs, the Ministry of Ecology, or the Institut Carnot STAR.


1.    Team Members

  • Malek Abid, Assistant Professor, Aix-Marseille University
  • Muriel Amielh, CNRS Researcher
  • Fabien Anselmet, Professor, Ecole Centrale Marseille
  • Daniel Mazzoni, Assistant Professor, Ecole Centrale Marseille
  • Laurence Pietri, Assistant Professor, Aix-Marseille University

2.    Doctoral Students

  • Jafar Al-Muhammad
  • Francisco Felis-Carrasco
  • Gaetan Galeron
  • Alexandre Moutte

3.    Research Topics

  1. Variable volume mass flow
  2. Boundary layers on plant cover and aerosol uptake
  3. Liquid fragmentation: agricultural applications
  4. Aerodynamics/aeroacoustics
  5. Study of diffusive breaches and barrier erosion

4.    Equipment

  • six wind tunnels; one hydraulic canal
  • 2-D and 3C Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) measurement system; P.D.A. granulometry system; Particle Image Velocimetry (P.I.V.) system; hot wire anemometer (measuring speed, temperature and derivatives of these sizes); A/N conversion systems; laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) concentration measurement

5.    Collaborations

  • CEA, INERIS, Air Liquide, Hélion, PSA Peugeot-Citroën
  • IRSN Cadarache Facility
  • IRSTEA Aix-en-Provence Center and Montpelier Center
  • CORIA Rouen
  • LMA, Marseille