Centrale Innovation is the private subsidiary of four French engineering schools: Centrale Lyon, Centrale Nantes, Centrale Marseille, and the Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Saint-Etienne. The company acts as an interface between academic and industrial research players.
Its research skills concern the fields of transportation (air, road, naval, rail); energy; the environment; nanotechnologies; and biotechnologies.
Centrale Innovation also develops specific numerical design tools, allowing for not only the understanding but also the optimization of complex systems, including different coupled physics, nonlinearity, and uncertainties. Data-based metamodels and specific AI algorithms are also used for solving specific open problems in conjunction with a physics-based approach to increase the tools' versatility and usability.
Areas of Expertise
- Mechanics, fluid mechanics, acoustics, electromagnetics, heat transfer, electronics, and biology
- Fully coupled multiphysics problems
- Nonlinear dynamics
- Smart materials (piezoelectric, shape memory alloys and polymers, magneto- and electrorheological materials, etc.)
- Smart systems for noise/vibration control, shaping, and energy harvesting
- MEMS, NEMS
Centrale Innovation and Manuel Collet are recognized experts on numerical modeling, simulation, and optimization tools based on the COMSOL® software. They have already developed many applications for different industries and companies around the world. They also offer specific skills in the areas of smart materials and systems modeling and design for noise/vibration control, shaping, and energy harvesting.