The Dielectrics, Conductors & Plasmas Competence Center responds to the challenge of reducing the environmental footprint of transport by electrification solutions via hybrid electric or all-electric propulsion. It also addresses to the need to introduce new functions into vehicles via the multiplication of electrical components that drive several engines at all levels of these new services sought by industry. The finality is completely autonomous vehicles. These challenges lead to a very significant increase in electrical power, and therefore in the voltage of electrical networks of on-board applications (aeronautics, space, rail, and automotive). While the terrestrial delivery of electricity already copes with much higher voltages, the mass and volume required for on-board applications radically change the problem: electrical constraints such as electric fields are significantly increased due to the low distance.
These electrical constraints combined with the harsh environments of aeronautics and space (temperature, pressure, etc.) aggravate phenomena detrimental to the integrity of electrical systems such as partial discharges or electric arcs.
The competence center therefore researches, characterizes and models these physical phenomena (partial discharges, space charges, electric arcs, and electrical ageing of insulators). In addition, it examines the application of suitable innovative dielectric materials (insulators, polymers, etc.).
In a quest to increase power, the center’s second area of enquiry is that of electrical currents. To minimize the mass of on-board electrical components, the center researches innovative electrical conductors.
Head of Dielectrics, Conductors & Plasmas Competence Center
- Test procedures.
- Scientific analyses of physical phenomena.
- Digital simulation tools.
- Technological test platforms.
- Databases of test and simulation results.
- Guides for design, sizing, installation and integration.
- Proposals for the development of future standards, for example on tests and qualification procedures that are specific to high voltage.
- PhD Theses reports, scientific publications, conferences.
Alexandra Pessot defended her thesis on the modeling of performances and ageing of low-temperature PEM fuel cells for aerospace applications
Marie Levêque defended her thesis on hybrid pumping capillary mechanical two-phase loop
9th Fall Meeting of the STAE Foundation
Sami El Aabid defended his thesis on model based method dedicated to the diagnosis of PEMFCs
[Portrait 09] Aurore Risacher, doctor in plasma physics, is fascinated by electric arcs
[Portrait 04] Cédric Abadie, research engineer in partial discharges and 1st IRT Saint Exupéry PhD student
IRT PhD students visited aerospace companies in Bordeaux
Kamil Mrozewski defended his thesis on mechanical tightening of a single polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell