Inventing new concepts is all well and good, but putting them to the test in the field is essential!
To do this, the EPF has unique technological platforms: Labs. As places of expertise and innovation in a training/research continuum, they provide spaces for experimentation for the benefit of students, but also for industrial and academic partners.
They encompass a variety of topics directly in line with the federative research institute SINGULARITY:
The ENERGY LAB is dedicated to energy efficiency issues in intelligent and sustainable buildings. It includes several technical solutions related to energy creation, storage and conversion within the same evolving demonstrator to optimise energy management, control of uses and self-consumption. The different systems are provided by partners of ENERGY LAB and are regularly amended in order to employ multiple strategies and optimise energy flow.
It is located on the Montpellier campus and comprises the following elements:
- Battery pack, inverters and fuel cell
- Bifacial photovoltaic cells
- Building management, dual-flow ventilation, solar thermal energy
The FabAdd Lab is dedicated to additive manufacturing issues, in terms of new design methods, mechanical strength of components, and environmental costs (recycling, energy optimisation, etc.)
It involves very large machinery with complementary technology, which allows new solutions to be tested (new materials like bio-based or geo-based materials, new design rules, new surface treatments), including under load in order to verify and optimise their architectural properties.
It’s located on the Troyes campus and comprises the following elements:
- Set of metal and polymer 3D printers
- Machining and post-processing centre
- 3D scanners
The BBC+ Lab focuses on the energy behaviour of buildings by taking into account the user’s comfort in an original way. It enables the testing of different technological solutions on a full-scale building in order to build the housing solutions of tomorrow.
It is located on the Troyes campus and comprises the following elements:
- Full-scale Troyes campus building equipped with temperature/CO2 sensors, centralised technical management, HVAC equipment, PV panels, ground-coupled heat exchanger and rainwater collection
- An internal bi-climatic chamber, a prototype of an RT2020 house with hot and cold zones
- An instrument dummy
- RAFRAISOL bench, a solar cooling module for simulation and optimisation, and PCM bench, dedicated to the study of phase-change materials
- An external rotatable chamber
The GREEN LAB is dedicated to environmental chemistry issues in a global context, where water usage, treatment, conservation or simply its access are major challenges facing society.
It’s temporarily located on the ESTP campus in Cachan (94) and comprises the following elements:
- Controlled rapid precipitation bench and Biologic SP200 electrochemistry bench (cyclic voltammetry, impedance)
- Biologic quartz microbalance gravimetric measuring bench (scaling, biofilm)
- Infrared (Perkin Elmer Frontier) and UV-visible (Dr Lange-Xion 500) spectroscopy
- Water treatment loop: simulates the coagulation and flocculation stages
- Ultra-pure water production (resistivity of 18.3 Mω.cm) and fume cupboard with CO2 cylinder
The NEURO Lab is dedicated to issues surrounding monitored complex structures with the aim of increasing efficiency and sustainability, and significantly reducing the impact of human activity on the environment. It lays emphasis on the fact that the objects we design today are all communicating: they collect data, communicate it and incorporate it into their response, whether that response is based on physical modelling or AI-type mathematical modelling.
This Lab has many potential areas of application like transportation or health. It comprises the following elements:
- Facilities for metal and polymer additive manufacturing
- Means for characterising static and dynamic load structures
- Means of characterisation and observation of materials and their properties at different scales
- Field measurement equipment
- High-performance computing centre for digital simulation (ABAQUS, ZEBULON, CAST3M)
The 3DMOTION Lab is dedicated to 3D motion analysis. Whether it’s the movement of a drone or a human being in physical activity (sport) or professional activity (musculoskeletal disorders), the Lab is able to capture complex movement in 3D in an environment reconfigured for the use of 150 m2 to make it as environmentally friendly as possible.
It comprises the following elements:
- VICON motion analysis system
- AMTI strength-measuring platforms
- BLUETRIDENT inertial sensors