Research Laboratory in Hydrodynamics, Energetics & Atmospheric Environment (LHEEA)

General information

Affiliated institutions :

Research Department

Authority : Ecole Centrale de Nantes

Reference : UMR6598


Director(s) Staff
LHEEA (Hydrodynamics, Energetics and Atmospheric Environment) comprises a team of 130 people.
The staff are spread across five research groups and benefit from the use of four different research platforms.


Research topics

The LHEEA is tasked with both advancing theoretical knowledge and resolving concrete problems around four scientific themes:
  • free-surface hydrodynamics,
  • fluid-structure interactions,
  • dynamics of the atmosphere,
  • systems approach for ground and marine propulsion systems.

Respond to strong societal and technological issues

  • Performance of Marine Renewable Energies (MRE) systems (offshore wind, floating offshore wind turbines, tidal, wave energy...)
  • Safety of both people and equipment involved in marine activities
  • Reduction of polluting emissions associated with ground and maritime transport
  • Quality of the urban atmosphere

The LHEEA tackles its research problems by implementing a combination of approaches: numerical simulation (development and use of modeling software, especially in Computational Fluid Dynamics-CFD), experiments at model scale (engine test benches, ocean and wave tanks, atmospheric wind tunnels) and in-situ experiments (SEM-REV, offshore sea test site).

Academic programs




International relations

The LHEEA is member of several national and international research networks
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Published on January 3, 2017 Updated on March 7, 2024