The Écoles Centrales group

In order to strengthen its global dynamic, the École Centrale Paris formed an alliance in 1990 with three other Écoles, to set up the Écoles Centrales group.

The five Écoles Centraleq (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Paris) involved share a common ethic as regards educating general engineers to a high level for professional careers. While each École has conserved its own identity and its own degrees, the four Écoles have resolutely committed themselves, through a voluntary and autonomous approach, to developing their complementarily and their synergy, and to thus enrich their shared potential for offering services to companies.

These exchanges and cooperation activities mainly concern:

  • The progressive harmonization of educational programs, and the promotion of exchanges of engineering students, in particular at the 3rd year Area of Concentration level,
  • The coordination of research strategies and associated cooperation,
  • Pooling international experience and harmonizing strategies for promoting the "Centrale" concept abroad (in particular with the participation in the T.I.M.E. network),
  • Since 2000, the Ecoles "Centrale" have decided to federate their Industrial Engineering competencies, and to organize this joint expertise by setting up "a single-entry contact" Centrale Génie Industriel the better to contribute to the support of industry in the fields of: Production Engineering, Innovation Management, Project Management, Logistics, Human Resources Management, and so on.
The Écoles Centrales group awards degrees to around 1,150 engineers every year. It brings together around 1,500 researchers and represents 12 % of research in engineering Ecoles in the National Education system. Its size and potential is comparable to that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Technische Universität Berlin or the Facultés Polytechniques of major European or American universities. It is an element that is essential for the international visibility of the Écoles.

The Research Fields of the Écoles Centrales group

The laboratories (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Paris) bring together more than 700 people on a permanent basis (of which 400 are professors and researchers) and more than 800 postgraduates. Their vocation, to be in touch with the preoccupations of companies, the natural partners of the Écoles, is shared by all. In this respect, most of the research work corresponds to identified needs, arising from the social - economic sector, and much of it is carried out in collaboration with the end users of the results of the research: companies, government offices or agencies, and public or private organizations, including the European Union.

Research in the Écoles Centrales is always closely linked to the teaching program, and the engineering students remain in close liaison with it throughout their studies.

The research laboratories of the 5 Écoles Centrales are grouped together under the following research fields

I - Automatic control - Information Technology - Computer Aided Manufacturing

  • Laboratoire d'Automatique et d'Informatique Industrielle de Lille: LAIL (Lille Automatic Control and Industrial Information Technology Laboratory)
    • "Flexible Manufacturing" team,
    • "Bond-Graphs" team,
    • "Automatic Systems Analysis and Control" team.

  • Interaction Collaborative, Téléformation, Téléactivités: ICTT (Collaborative Interaction, Distance-learning, Tele-activities)

  • Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Nantes: I.R.I.N. (Nantes Institute of Information Technology Research)
    • Genometric Modelling and Interactive Infography.
  • Institut de Recherche en Cybernétique de Nantes: IRCyN (Nantes Cybernetics Research Institute)
    • Signals and dynamic systems division,
    • Computer aided manufacturing division.

  • Laboratoire Génie Industriel (anciennement Laboratoire de Productique logistique: PL) (previously Laboratoire de Productique logistique: PL Mechanical Engineering, Production and Logistics Laboratory).
    • AREA 1: Design of Products, Systems and Services,
    • AREA 2: Knowledge and Skill Management,
    • AREA 3: Optimization of Manufacturing and Logistics Systems.

II - Chemistry - Processes

  • Laboratoire de Génie Chimique et d'Automatique: L.G.C.A. (Chemical Engineering and Automation Laboratory)

  • Laboratoire Ingénierie et Fonctionnalisation des Surfaces: I.F.O.S (Engineering and Fonctionnalisation of Surfaces Laboratory) (theme V)

  • Laboratoire Chimie et Génie des Procédés: C.G.P. (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Laboratory)
    • Extraction methods,
    • Separation using membranes,
    • Electrochemical methods,
    • Polymers,
    • Bio-processes,
    • Computing for chemical processes.
  • Laboratoire Corrosion-Fragilisation-Hydrogène: C.F.H. (Corrosion - Embrittlement - Hydrogen Laboratory)
    • Electrochemical corrosion,
    • hydrogen embrittlement.
  • Laboratoire Structure, Propriétés et Modélisation des Solides: S.P.M.S. (Structures, Properties and Modelling of Solids Laboratory)
    • Polar order and disorder in oxide base materials,
    • Transport properties of ionic conducting and semi-conducting materials,
    • Theoretical interpretation of the spectroscopic properties of rare earths,
    • Study of chemical-bond structure,
    • Analytical applications of Raman spectrometry. Instrumentation; coupling with fibre-optics (RLFO),
    • Electron density in solids: determination by X-ray diffusion (charge and pulse density),
    • Functional density: properties of solids,
    • Multiple diffraction of X-rays and neutrons.

III - Electrical - Electronic Engineering

  • Laboratoire d'Électrotechnique et d'Électronique de Puissance: L2EP (Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics Laboratory)
  • Institut d'Électronique et de Micro-Électronique du Nord: I.E.M.N. (Northern Institute of Electronics and Micro-Electronics)

  • Centre de Génie Électrique de Lyon: CEGELY (Lyon Centre for Electrical Engineering)
  • Laboratoire d'Électronique, Optoélectronique et Microsystèmes: L.E.O.M. (Electronics, Opto-electronics and Microsystems Laboratory)

IV - Fluid Mechanics - Thermal Engineering

  • Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille: L.M.L. (Lille Mechanics Laboratory)
    • Mechanics and Materials team,
    • Fluid mechanics team,
    • Soils - Structures team.

  • Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides et d'Acoustique: L.M.F.A. (Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory)
    • Acoustics team,
    • Aerothermodynamics team,
    • Polyphasic Flow and Reactive Media team,
    • Turbine Engine team,
    • Aeronautical and Atmospheric Turbulence team.

  • Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides (Fluid Mechanics Laboratory)
    • Division Hydronynamique Navale: D.H.N. (Naval Hydrodynamics Division),
    • Équipe Modélisation Numérique: D.M.N. (Digital Modelling team),
    • Division Energétique et Environnement: D.E.E. (Energy and Environment Division)

  • Laboratoire Energétique Moléculaire et Macroscopique, Combustion: E.M2.C (Molecular Physics, Thermophysics and Combustion Laboratory)
    • Field 1: Radiative properties of gases,
    • Field 2: Radiative heat transfers and coupling in homogeneous and non-homogeneous media,
    • Field 3: Electro-magnetic optics,
    • Field 4: Nano-thermal heat transfer,
    • Field 5: Combustion instabilities, acoustic interaction and active control,
    • Field 6: Turbulent combustion,
    • Field 7: Flame structure,
    • Field 8: Development of optical diagnostic methods and numerical methods.

V - Mechanics - Materials - Surfaces - Structures - Civil Engineering

  • Laboratoire de Sciences des Matériaux (Materials Science Laboratory)

  • Laboratoire Ingénierie et Fonctionnalisation des Surfaces: IFoS (Engineering and Functionnalisation of Surfaces Laboratory)
    • Materials - Physical Mechanics team,
    • Physical Chemistry of Interfaces team,
    • Centre d'Étude et de caractérisation des Matériaux: C.E.C.M. (Centre for the Study and Characterisation of Materials),
    • Centre d'Étude et de caractérisation des Biosystèmes: C.E.C.B. (Centre for the Study and Characterisation of Biosystems).
  • Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes: L.T.D.S. (Tribology and System Dynamics Laboratory)
    • Tribology and Surfaces,
    • Surfaces and Heterogeneous Media,
    • Dynamics of Mechanisms and Structures.

  • Laboratoire Génie Civil de Nantes - Saint Nazaire (Nantes - Saint Nazaire Civil Engineering Laboratory)
  • Laboratoire Mécanique et Matériaux (Mechanics and Materials Laboratory)
    • Structural Mechanics team,
    • Materials team.

  • Laboratoire Elaboration des Matériaux: L.E.M. (Materials Elaboration Laboratory)
    • Chemical-physical characteristics of phases and reactions at high temperature,
    • Simulation and modelling of materials-elaboration processes,
    • Mechanical behaviour of granular flow.
  • Laboratoire Mécanique des Sols, Structures et Matériaux: MSS-Mat (Soil, Structural and Material Mechanics Laboratory)
    • Damage and fracture of materials,
    • Heterogeneous materials and structural changes,
    • Mechanical and physical behaviour of soils,
    • Behaviour of structures,
    • Physics for materials,
    • Computational mechanics.
  • Research team: Recherches Mécaniques: R.M. (Team of Mechanical Engineering)
    • Geometry, kinematics and mechanics for the design of mechanical systems,
    • Theory and conception of mechanisms and machines.

VI - Information Systems and Applied Mathematics

  • Équipe d'Analyse Numérique de Lyon St Etienne: E.A.N.L.St (Lyon - St. Etienne Digital Analysis team)

  • Mathematics Department

  • Laboratoire "Mathématiques Appliquées aux systèmes" (M.A.S.) (Applied Mathematics and Systems)
    • Modelling, scientific computing, optimization,
    • Information processing,
    • Information system architectures.

VII - Human Sciences and Economics

  • Laboratoire d'Aménagement Régional et Urbain: L.A.R.U. (Regional and Urban Planning Laboratory)

  • Languages and Communication Department

  • Laboratoire Stratégie et Technologie (S&T) (Strategy and Technology Laboratory)
    • Strategic management, technology & innovation,
    • Social structuration of strategic activity and knowledge,
    • The economy of technical change and innovation management.
  • Équipe de Recherche "Analyse des Systèmes et Modélisation Economique" (ERASME) (Systems Analysis and Macro-Economic Modelling) .
    • Environmental economics,
    • Endogeneous technological change,
    • Evaluation of economic policies,
    • Applied models of general equilibrium,
    • Macro-econometric modelling,
    • Formal econometric theory.
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