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Research Projects

ISAE-Supméca is involved in numerous, collaborative research projects of great diversity in terms of both the concerned topics and the involved academic and industrial partners.

S2C Project

  • System & Safety Continuity (S2C)
  • Collaboration between French, Technology Research Institutes (IRT), 2020-2024
  • Team involved: IS2M
  • Endorsed by the SystemX and Saint-Exupéry Technology Research Institutes (IRT)
  • Industrial partners: Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation, Liebherr, Safran, Thales, APSYS, LGM and Samares Engineering. Support from the DGA (French defence and technology procurement agency)
  • Academic and scientific partners: the IT Research Institute of Toulouse (IRIT), the Laboratory for the Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS), ONERA (national aerospace research centre) and ISAE-Supméca

The goal of the S2C project is to define the methods and tools that will ensure consistency between system design and related safety analyses, in order to limit costs and reduce lead times through the implementation of model approaches. This will enable to:

  • effectively control changes occurring during the development cycle of a product and reduce the risks associated with a redesign,
  • increase confidence in safety analyses,
  • provide safety specialists with more powerful tools to deal with complex systems,
  • facilitate the use of model-based approaches, in compliance with the requirements of the certification authorities.

The research carried out by ISAE-Supméca’s IS2M team is mainly focused on the development of a theoretical framework, potentially based on the mathematical Category Theory, in order to ensure consistency between the models built by systems engineers (MBSE, Model-Based Systems Engineering) and those developed by dependability experts (MBSA, Model-Based Safety Assessment) during the design stage in the aerospace sector.


EUGENE Project

  • Smart, Connected, Reconfigurable Manufacturing System
  • FUI 23 (23rd Unique Inter-ministry Fund call for projects), 2017-2021
  • Teams involved: Sustainable Systems, Vibroacoustics & Structures, IS2M
  • Labelled by the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster
  • Partners: PUIG, PKB, Digital Product Simulation (DPS), ISAE-Supméca

The EUGENE project focuses on the hardware and software development of a supervision system (EUGENIE platform) tailored to the diversity of production lines found in the cosmetics/perfume manufacturing industry. This platform will increase production-line machinery productivity in a smart and automated manner by maximising machine availability thanks to real-time diagnosis, which allows for the optimal planning of maintenance operations.


MIMe Project

  • Mechatronic Simulation and Integration Module
  • FUI 19 (19th Unique Inter-ministry Fund call for projects), 2015-2018
  • Team involved: IS2M
  • Labelled by the Mov’eo, Systematic and i-Trans competitiveness clusters
  • Partners: Deltacad, Digital Product Simulation (DPS), Eiris Conseil, the ESTACA engineering school’s campus of Paris-Saclay, the PSA site of La Garenne-Colombes, Soyatec, ISAE-Supméca, the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) and the Valeo site of Cergy Saint-Christophe

The goal of the MIMe project is to enable structured, instantaneous and effective collaboration in the frame of mechatronic-system design projects by developing a software program that facilitates data exchange between clients and suppliers. Such design projects are highly multidisciplinary by nature (mechanics, electronics, control laws, embedded software, etc.) and they very often involve multiple companies (clients and suppliers). Therefore, the aim behind MIMe is to structure iterations and make the optimisation of mechatronic systems possible.

RedHV+ Project

  • High-speed and High-Efficiency Gearbox for Hybrid Vehicles
  • FUI 19 (19th Unique Inter-ministry Fund call for projects), 2015-2018
  • Teams involved: Tribology & Materials, Vibroacoustics & Structures
  • Labelled by the Mov’eo, Mont-Blanc Industries, Viameca and LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems competitiveness clusters
  • Partners: the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (CETIM), the ECAM engineering school of Lyon, the Hutchinson site of Chalette, the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA), the Research Institute in Surface Engineering (IREIS), ISAE-Supméca, NTN-SNR, Redex, the TOTAL research centre of Solaize and the Valeo site of Créteil

The goal of the RedHV+ project is to evaluate the possibility of manufacturing a high-speed gearbox (30,000 to 40,000 rpm, power of 20 to 40 kW) of equal or superior efficiency compared to existing gearboxes and that would be compatible with car production costs, which would enable to use high-speed electric machines in motor vehicles.


CLIMA Project

  • Design of Damping Mechanical Linkages
  • FUI 19 (19th Unique Inter-ministry Fund call for projects), 2015-2018
  • Team involved: Vibroacoustics & Structures
  • Labelled by the ASTech, Nucléaire Bourgogne, Microtechnique and Minalogic competitiveness clusters
  • Partners: small and medium-sized businesses under 250 employees (ADERIS, AVNIR Engineering, Cedrat Technologies, SDTools, Texense), intermediate-sized enterprises of 250-4,999 employees (ADR-Alcen, Sopemea) and academic institutes (ISAE-Supméca, FEMTO-ST)

In the CLIMA project, dynamic structure design and the reduction of vibrations are concerned. The efforts focus on mechanical linkages which are the primary source of damping in several situations. Technologies are being developed in addition to specific software tools to identify and predict damping in the linkages. The keywords are: nonlinear dynamics, smart/instrumented linkages, software toolboxes, damping and friction. The aim of the CLIMA project is to develop damping mechanical assemblies as well as software toolboxes to identify and simulate their dynamic behaviour.


  • Stainless-Steel Mechanisms
  • FUI 11 (11th Unique Inter-ministry Fund call for projects)
  • Team involved: Tribology & Materials
  • Labelled by the ASTech, Mov’eo and VIAMECA competitiveness clusters
  • Partners: the Group of Physics of Materials, ACM, ADR, André Laurent, Aubert & Duval, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (CETIM), the EADS research centre of Suresnes, the Processes and  Materials Sciences Laboratory (LSPM), Messier Bugatti Dowty, Quertech, SAGEM Défense & Sécurité, SKF Aerospace, Sofiplast, ISAE-Supméca, Transrol, UF1, the University of Tours and the Valeo site of Amiens

The industry and research stakeholders of the Astech, Mov’eo and Viameca competitiveness clusters have decided to join their efforts in order to find the best solutions for their respective industries. This combination of efforts has enabled to speed up innovation in both materials (novel properties, eco-friendly materials) and processes (ecodesign). 

The concrete outcomes of the MEKINOX project – the use of a new type of highly-resistant stainless steel produced in a completely ecological manner – should provide an initial example of this cooperation. The creation of a French chain of production in charge of the design, forming and processing of high added-value mechanical parts is what is at stake with the project from an economic standpoint. This chain of production would enable large groups and equipment manufacturers or suppliers in the aerospace or automotive industries to offer competitive products (mass, durability and reliability) and increase their market shares against their competitors.



The Metaudible project is both theoretical and experimental. Its purpose is to solve the issue of very low frequency sound-absorption by designing and manufacturing a sound-absorbing material that is highly effective in this frequency range and as thin as possible. To this effect, additional absorption and dissipation mechanisms will be used based on subwavelength resonance phenomena, nonlinear and contact dissipation.

Existing structures (metaporous materials) will be improved by embedding optimised subwavelength-resonators into selected porous materials, combined with surface irregularities. Besides, novel metamaterials (metaudible materials) will be designed and manufactured. They will be obtained by combining a new matrix material — composed of a complex arrangement of resonators or porogranular materials — with larger-sized, optimised subwavelength-resonators as well as surface irregularities. These materials will be built using 3D printed wax or laser sintering. Dedicated experiments will be conducted using optimised test benches.

MAIAS Project

  • Control of Damping Induced in Various Structures                                            
  • FUI 9 (9th Unique Inter-ministry Fund call for projects), 2010-2013
  • Team involved: Vibroacoustics & Structures
  • Labelled by the ASTech competitiveness cluster
  • Partners: ACM, ADR, AER, the Arts et Métiers engineering school, the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), EADS Innovation Works, JPB Systems, ONERA (national, aerospace research centre), SDTOOLS, ISAE-Supméca

The aim of the MAIAS project is to reduce the vibrations occurring in aircraft and space systems as well as their weight and energy consumption. Even though they are crucial regarding the life span of structures, the vibration amplitudes of mechanical systems are, indeed, still not very well predicted at the mechanism design stage.

Therefore the MAIAS project had the following goals:

  • to expand the knowledge of the energy dissipation behaviours observed in assemblies such as systems using bolts or rivets, as well as kinematic links such as ball joints, pivots, etc.
  • to quantify these energy dissipation mechanisms (creation of experimental databases);
  • to develop assembly design methods that integrate data on the damping present in linkages, right from the design stage (experimental-data valuation tools);
  • to design technological solutions for damping assemblies in order to limit vibration amplitudes. These will be complete solutions, without any supplemental component (patents);
  • to contribute to the evolution of mechanical-system design by taking damping into account and by expanding on the commonly-used design methods which are mainly based on stiffness optimisation (scientific publications will be used to circulate information about the project and the developed measurements and methods).