ESTACA'Lab: innovating for tomorrow's transport
ESTACA's research centre has the task of carrying out activities on innovative technologies for transport and mobility, to cope with major societal and environmental challenges. It works in favour of the emergence of new technologies for transport that are green, sustainable, intelligent and adapted to new forms of mobility, with four priorities:
- Analyse and reduce polluting emissions (greenhouse gases, particles, oil, etc.) particularly by the development of capture techniques;
- Accelerate the advent of materials of the future: intelligent, bio and eco composite materials for sustainable weight reduction;
- Contribute to the development of means of transport that are more efficient, safer, more intelligent and communicate more, with delegation of driving;
- Work towards new forms of mobility: use of innovative transport, acceptability, inter-modality and new services provided to users.
The main specific characteristic of ESATACA ‘Lab is to carry out applied work or work that is applicable to the air and land transport industrial sector. Its know-how is based on strong linkage between theoretical, digital and experimental knowledge. ESTACA's researchers collaborate with associated industrial sectors and contribute to developing their competitiveness and expertise. In a strongly collaborative mode, they provide their know-how and skills to respond, with academic and industrial partners, to technological breakthroughs in transport sectors that are currently undergoing profound transformation. Their actions are based on strong territorial roots, whether these are in the Paris region or in the Pays de la Loire. This organisation aims for a differentiating position within scientific communities, institutes and centres of excellence such as ITE VeDeCom (energy transition institute on the communicating non-carbon vehicle and its mobility) and IRT SystemX (technological research institute dedicated to the digital engineering of future systems) in the Paris region, as well as with regional partners in the Pays de la Loire. The involvement within competition clusters follows the same logic, with Mov'eo, Astech and Systematic in the Paris region and EMC2 and iD4Car in the Pays de la Loire. All research work is based on the skills of two divisions:
- The Environment and Mechanics of Composite Materials division (2MCE)
- The On-board Systems and Energy for Transport division (S2ET)
In November 2016 ESTACA'Lab had 20 teacher researchers, 23 doctoral students and 1 post-doctoral student.