The various laboratories
Team: Anne DONY, Head Teacher-Researcher and Layella ZIYANI, Teacher-Researcher
The Road Materials Laboratory is a place of teaching, innovation and research with a scientific focus on “Innovative constructability materials” within the IRC. It aims to find solutions to the industrial issues encountered by French and international road professions, as well as to scientific concerns with a strong accent on sustainable development.
Its activities fall in line with the IRC’s “Constructability” approach by combining the optimisation of implementation (“workability”), ultimate performance and the sustainability of hot, warm or bitumen emulsion recycled or non-recycled materials. These activities are conducted by a team of two permanent teacher-researchers who oversee doctoral students (IRC interns, CIFRE, co-tutorship and partnership with foreign universities) and Research Master’s interns every year.
Moreover, the team is involved in two national projects led by IREX in line with their Research topics (PN MURE, PN DVDC partnered with ANR MOVE DVDC).
The Geotechnics laboratory is used for teaching activities, in the form of practical work (TP), and research activities.
The practical works carried out the laboratory are designed to enable student engineers to conduct advanced soil mechanics tests.
The research activities conducted in the ESTP’s Hydraulics Laboratory are part of the “Geomaterials” and “Digital Engineering” research programmes, particularly as regards the topics of “Internal erosion and scouring of hydraulic structures” and “Spatialised resilience and constructability”..
The Energy Efficiency Laboratory is a place of teaching, innovation and research for the “Construction performance” scientific programme within the IRC.
It aims to develop the necessary skills to design and construct energy-plus, low-carbon buildings that are also health and comfortable for inhabitants.
The Mechanics Laboratory is a component of the Mechanical, Electrical and Energy Efficiency Engineering (GM3E) department.
Built in the early 20th century, the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory is a teaching and research laboratory dedicated to characterising materials, studying mechanical additive and subtractive manufacturing process systems, measurements, mounting and assembly.
The ESTP’s Electricity Laboratory is an IRC teaching, innovation and research laboratory dedicated to the field of electricity.
Comprised of several dedicated experimental apparatuses and around one hundred instruments, the ESTP’s Electricity Laboratory ensures the optimal choice of electrical systems for teaching assignments and project realisation
ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TOOLS
The IRC has its own research structures at ESTP Paris on the Cachan and Troyes campuses. Around ten laboratories are shared for research and teaching activities in order to introduce students to and involve them in research activities. These areas possess the experimental resources for implementation, testing, measurement and characterisation that are used by ESTP Paris students as part of their course during practical work sessions.
IRC has also acquired advanced scientific research tools that can be used in all fields of study.
Among the most innovative and interesting tools available for the construction field are an EFA erodimeter to characterise erosion phenomena, an X-ray diffraction analyser (XRD), an infrared spectrometer, a Thermogravimetric analyser coupled with a Differential scanning calorimetry tool (TGA/DSC), Laser diffraction measurement tools, a weather station, a cloud and computing stations (...). Laboratory or on-site experimental approaches are combined with digital simulations.