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IRPHE is an institute run under the joint authority of the French CNRS and two Universities : Aix-Marseille I and II ("Université de Provence" and "Université de la Méditerranée"). IRPHE was created in January 1995 by the fusion of three Marseilles laboratories, in the "Sciences pour l'Ingénieur" sector of the CNRS, working in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Energetics : "l'Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Marseille" (IMFM, ex UMR 34), "l'Institut de Mécanique Statistique de la Turbulence" (IMST, ex UMR 33) and the "Laboratoire de Recherche en Combustion" (LRC, ex URA 1117).It has been reorganized on January 1, 2000.
The general scope of this pluri-disciplinary research institute is the modelling of complex macroscopic systems through their experimental, analytical and numerical aspects. It is covering the field of non-equilibrium phenomena, in the domains of Fluid Mechanics, Macroscopic Physics, and Numerical Modelling. The different research themes are related to energetics, hydrodynamics, oceanography, ondensed matter, biomechanics, and biophysics.
Centred on fundamental research, IRPHE also covers the problems of applied research related to the various themes engaged.
At the present time IRPHE is distributed geographically over two sites in the Marseilles region : Château-Gombert and Luminy.
IRPHE in figures :
The institute totals 82 permanent staff members : - 13 CNRS research staff, - 25 University teaching staff (all three Universities of Aix-Marseille), -16 CNRS engineers, technical and administrative staff - 28 University engineers, technical and administrative staff
- Several major equipments, in particular : wind tunnels and water tunnels. a subsonic wind tunnel 100m/s 4m diameter and a water-air tunnel 40m long 3m wide and 1.5m water depth.
Industrial applications :
- Aeronautical industries : AIRBUS Industrie, SNECMA, ONERA, DRET - Space transportation : ESA, CNES, DRET, SNPE, SEP (Ariane V) - Naval construction : DCN, DRET, - Terrestrial transportation : SNCF, RENAULT, IFP, PEUGEOT - Electro-nuclear industries and security : COGEMA, CEA, INERIS, EDF - Environment : IFREMER, CEA, CISI, AIR LIQUIDE