IRT Saint Exupéry kicks off a series of portraits devoted to the men and women who best represent the institute: its researchers. Their high-level skills and wealth of experience contribute hugely to IRT’s performance and unique position, which is so crucial for its members and partners.
Can you tell us a bit about your career?
So, I decided to go back to studying and started a physics PhD thesis. I went to CEA on a Cifre scholarship funded by PSA Peugeot Citroën. My work focused on innovative heat exchangers and pulsating heat pipes (PHPs). It involved trying to understand the behaviour and impact of liquid films that settle on the inner walls of PHPs while they’re in operation. I really liked the experimental side of things and the fundamental aspects of the two areas: hydrodynamics and thermal science. I joined the R&D department at Airbus Defence & Space afterwards before seizing the opportunity two years ago to go on secondment to IRT Saint Exupéry.
What research project are you working on?
What results are the project members expecting?
What do you like about your work at IRT?
And I’ve lots of freedom. I’m free to organise my time. I go to Airbus Defence and Space a few times a week and I involve them as much as possible. I can also teach at ISAE-SUPAERO and ICAM. I like to pass on my knowledge, and training is part of IRT’s missions.
Have you got a factoid you can share with us?
L. Fourgeaud, SFT Technical Seminar on two-phase systems for power electronic thermal control, Toulouse, 2018, March 29
Thermal solutions for embedded systems. L. Fourgeaud, Kyutech, Kyushu (Japan), 2018, March 21, invited seminar
 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Service des Basses Températures, Grenoble.
 Industrial agreement for training through research; a PhD thesis funding mechanism that helps companies recruit young doctoral researchers.
 Collaboration with the Pprime Institute and University of Poitiers.
 Institut catholique d’arts et métiers (Toulouse)
 Pprime Institute (research and engineering for transportation and energy, CNRS, ISAE-ENSMA/University of Poitiers)
 Laboratory on plasma and conversion of energy (CNRS/INP Toulouse/UT3 Paul Sabatier)
 Tenth International Conference on Boiling & Condensation Heat Transfer, March 12-15, 2018, Nagasaki (Japan)