Welcome to the cethil websiteCenter of Energy and Thermal of Lyon

The Centre for Energy and Thermal Sciences of Lyon (CETHIL) is a joint centre between the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA Lyon), the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) and the University Claude-Bernard Lyon 1. About 130 collaborators work for the Centre. The applications of the investigations performed at CETHIL span over a wide range of fields, including electronics, the nuclear energy sector, aerospace, the automotive industry, the design of buildings and renewable energies.

Key strengths and expertise

Research at CETHIL covers many topics linked to heat transfer and energy-related systems and devices. CETHIL is one of the key centers at the national and international levels where a so-large range of spatial and temperature scales are investigated: from the nanostructure to the building and urban area scales, from liquid helium or slurry ice up to combustion temperatures.

Topics under study can be classified according to the following categories:

  • Physics of heat transport phenomena

The goal is to understand, characterize, predict or control heat transfer phenomena and their coupling to other phenomena, at different spatial, time or temperatures scales. This encompasses in particular topics involving heat convection, heat conduction, thermal radiation or phase-change heat transfer.

  • Heat transfer in complex systems and devices, and their energy efficiency

Topics investigated deal in particular with building optimal energy design and devices such as refrigerators, thermal engines and combustion chambers, solar-related systems.

  • Processes driven by heat transfer

The impacts of heat transfer are assessed on various types of processes, in particular for polymer shaping and industry-related application.

 

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Research activities - 03/04/2019

Intervention de Lucie Merlier aux Mercredis de l'Anthropocène

Research activities - 03/04/2019

Intervention de Lucie Merlier aux Mercredis de l'Anthropocène

Des solutions plus respectueuses de notre environnement existent pour favoriser le développement de villes sobres en carbone et résilientes aux changements climatiques.

Research activities - 10/01/2019

Progress in the understanding of heat transfer in nanocomposites

Research activities - 10/01/2019

Progress in the understanding of heat transfer in nanocomposites

An unexpected impact of nanocomposite structuring on their ability to transport heat has been highlighted. This work is the subject of an article in the journal Nanoscale.

Research activities - 04/12/2018

European project Quantiheat coordinated by Séverine Gomes awarded a "Star of Europe" prize by the French Ministry of Research

Research activities - 04/12/2018

European project Quantiheat coordinated by Séverine Gomes awarded a "Star of Europe" prize by the French Ministry of Research

Coordinated by Séverine Gomès, CNRS research director at CETHIL, the QUANTIHEAT project is awarded with this trophy dedicated to the best European projects carried by French teams. QUANTIHEAT has brought together around twenty partners from nine European countries. The aim was to better understand and measure thermal ...

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