Arts et Métiers intends to make the DynFluid laboratory wind tunnel, located on the Paris campus, the academic leader in aerodynamics within five years. This ambition includes renovating the premises, developing state-of-the-art metrology resources and opening up to new areas of research.
Michaël Pereira was appointed head of the aerodynamics site at the Dynfluid laboratory - Arts et Métiers Campus in Paris last January. This young 27-year-old physicist's mission is to anchor a facility built in 1952 in Industry 4.0. This new dynamic involves strengthening research in the fields of energy transition and transportation, for which the wind tunnel's skills are recognized, while developing metrology resources and opening up to other themes such as drones and sports physics.
The complementarity of skills (theoretical, numerical and experimental) gathered around the wind tunnel allows the DynFluid laboratory to intervene on the entire chain of research and innovation, and to respond to current industrial challenges. The wind tunnel is mobilized for work on the automotive, aviation, high-rise buildings, wind turbines, solar collectors, ... It works in close collaboration with manufacturers such as PSA, Renault, Dassault, or Safran.
The only closed circuit wind tunnel of this size in Paris
The wind tunnel at the Paris campus of Arts et Métiers is a closed wind tunnel, equipped with a 3-meter diameter fan, driven by a variable speed drive and a 120 kW motor. The flow in the main test section can reach 40 meters per second. "We have a wealth of knowledge and know-how, which gives us an image of excellence in the industrial world and the scientific community, says Michaël Pereira.
The wind tunnel is attached to the ETE team of DynFluid, a laboratory under the joint supervision of Arts et Métiers and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. It conducts research work ranging from hydrodynamics to aerodynamics and acoustics, with applications in many sectors (aeronautics, aerospace, automotive, naval, building, sports, health, turbomachinery, etc.). It develops original numerical methods to simulate flows (most often in compressible regime) and aeroacoustic phenomena, or to analyze their instabilities, and implements these methods in the framework of national or international research programs. The laboratory's work contributes to improving the performance of aircraft, rockets, land vehicles and industrial facilities, with the objective of preserving the environment by reducing energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution.
In 2022, the aerodynamic wind tunnel will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It has a unique collection of models of wind turbines, airplanes and cars (including the original Citroën DS). "I am sensitive to this history and I hope that we will continue this innovative approach by participating in the new industrial revolution, adds Michaël Pereira.
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