Topic supervisors:

Lucien Dascalescu ( / +33 5 45 67 32 45)

Pierre-Olivier Renault ( / +33 5 49 49 67 45)

This theme is based on recognized expertise from the Pprime Institute in the field of Physics and Mechanics of Surfaces. The aim is to develop textures and micro-nanostructures of specific surfaces in order to control the electrical phenomena induced at the solid-fluid interfaces (Fig. 1).

Some actions in this theme are currently awaiting the arrival of a key experimental device, the ionic machinist (better known by the acronym FIB for Focused Ion Beam), which will allow surfaces to be produced with controlled specific characteristics, both in morphology and in size. Part of the actions of Theme 6 are articulated in parallel with the actions of Theme 3; they are likely to provide guidance in the development of the digital codes that are developed there.

Electric shower layer

Theme 6 is divided into 3 research themes:

  • Action 6.1. Double electric layer near interfaces

Supervisors : Serguei Martemianov / Christophe Coupeau

This first action aims to master the Fluids and Solids interfaces. Particular attention is paid to the interactions between mechanical, thermal, electrostatic and fluid phenomena occurring at the Fluids and Solids interfaces. The study focuses on the double electric layer (DCE) developing on the surface of a solid due to the creation and separation of electric charges between the solid and the liquid.

  • Action 6.2. Injection / extraction of electrical charges in fluids

Supervisors : Jean-François Barbot / Nouredine Zouzou

The second action aims to control the injection of electrical charges in the gas or liquid phase, with particular attention being paid to the electrofluido-dynamic effects (EFD) induced by these charges. In the case of gases, the study focuses on the hydrodynamic effects produced by plasma discharges and also the plasma electrification of suspended particles. In the case of liquids, the objective is to study the flows induced by electric layers at the liquid-solid interfaces. These layers are created by dissociation / recombination in the liquid or by injection of charges by the solid, and are set in motion by the Coulomb force.
  • Action 6.3. Couplings between triboelectric, hydrodynamic, thermoelastic phenomena at interfaces

Supervisors : Lucien Dascalescu / Thami Zeghloul

The third action is based on the skills of researchers from the PPRIME Institute working on the IUT Angoulême site in the field of contact mechanics, lubricated or not, as well as in experimental modeling of electro-fluid phenomena. -dynamiques. This is a new subject which should lead to the development of a multi-physical model capable of reflecting in a coherent way the properties and mechanical (elastic, tribological), thermal, electrostatic, fluid-dynamic phenomena. contacts between solids, in liquid or gaseous media. The ultimate goal is to model sliding contacts in the presence of electrical charges. The basic hypothesis of this work is that the action of electric discharges could modify the tribological properties of surfaces in contact.
The approach should be both experimental, including the design and production of at least two instrumented test benches for the study of mechanical, thermal, electrical phenomena at the solid / solid, solid / liquid, solid / gas interfaces, in the presence of multiple constraints, and numerical, comprising the writing of the equations describing the various phenomena and the identification of the best calculation techniques, adapted to the study of multi-physical and multi-scale phenomena.

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