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LFCR: Laboratory of Complex Fluids and their Reservoirs

  • Director: Guillaume Galliero
  • Approximately 90 people
  • Four research teams and two transverse lines of research
  • 2 Total chairs  + 1 CNRS chair
  • 50 ACL per year
  • ~2 million euros of its own resources every year.
  • Created in 2003

From the nanometer to hundreds of kilometers, from the nanosecond to a million years, from the physics and chemistry of interfaces, through the thermodynamics of fluids under flow, to reservoir geology, geomechanics and geophysics, status as an “industrial” UMR (Joint Research Unit), supervised by TOTAL, the CNRS and the UPPA, the LFCR is an innovative and remarkable research unit in more ways than one. Its specific focus, essentially based on the study of fossil georesources, and totally in phase with the local socio-economic context, sets it apart regarding applications and enables it to host internationally-recognized teams.

The LFCR is a joint research unit attached to the UPPA, the CNRS and TOTAL. It is organized into four research teams:

and two transverse lines of research:

  • “Imaging”, led by Peter Moonen
  • “Multi-scale approaches” led by Guillaume Galliéro.

The LFCR is a member of the IPRA research federation (FR 2952)

The LFCR is a founder member of the ISIFoR Carnot institute.

The SIAME laboratory

The Laboratory of applied sciences in mechanics and electrical engineering is a resident research team (EA 4581) that belongs to the IPRA research federation.

It is divided into four teams:

In 2018, the laboratory workforce included:

  • 27 professors / researchers
  • 2 engineers
  • 2 secretaries
  • 23 PhD students
  • 5 post-doctoral students

SIAME is a host team of the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour whose research is carried out in the field of Engineering Sciences around 4 main themes: high voltage processes, geomaterials and civil engineering structures, wave structure interaction, complex flows and energy. The research is based on experimental expertise, modelling and numerical simulations.

  • IVS Research team: The Wave Interactions Structures team is developing research on waves and their impacts on coastal infrastructure in a broad sense. The work developed is based on a strong component in numerical simulation of surface waves, taking into account fixed or mobile structures, supplemented by essentially field measurements. The issues addressed are mainly in the field of coastal risks (submersion, impact, tsunami) with a more recent interest in energy (EMR). In addition to its contribution to international and national research programs, to the national observation effort DYNALIT, OASU, the IVS team is committed to a strong partnership with more local authorities (GIS littoral Basque, Observatoire de la Côte Aquitaine).
  •  GSGC Research team: The GSGC research team conducts researches related to the domain of civil engineering with focus on the behavior of geomaterials (concrete, soil and rocks). The spectrum of the research carried out ranges from theoretical issues such as the prediction of damages and cracking or the constitutive modeling of partially saturated soils to innovative developments or industrial related studies in the domain of eco-construction materials with low environmental impact or geomaterials in aggressive environments (chemical, fire).

Research Chairs:

  • HPC-WAVE Chair: On a frequent scale, large ocean swell waves result in coastal flooding, hazardous currents, infrastructure damage, and erosion. On the positive side, energetic waves can make a vital contribution to marine renewable energy (MRE) systems. To understand the hazards on one side and the potential for marine energy on the other, quantitative assessment is necessary. The chair will focus on the theoretical and numerical development of nearshore wave models with attention to high performance computing. We will improve accuracy and speed of numerical wave models to obtain a representative and complete description of coastal wave processes including generation, propagation, runup and impact on structures and for MRE extraction. This work is complemented by field and laboratory studies. In close collaboration with governmental and private agencies for coastal zone management in the Basque country, the chair will help find integrated solutions for mitigation of wave-driven coastal hazards and investigate local MRE potentials.

  • Architecture and urban physics:Chair for Sustainable construction / Nobatek-INEF4-UPPA