Research facilities

Centrale Nantes is committed to ensuring that industry benefits directly or indirectly from our research through technology transfer. This transfer can take the form of patents and licences, research partnerships, bilateral collaboration, and joint teams and facilities.

Our research facilities allow us to forge strong links with industry through the shared use of very large scale equipment. Researchers from the national and European academic community can benefit from those facilities as well as industry players in order to conduct experiments on prototypes of relevant size.

THeoREM - unparalleled research infrastructure in Europe

Ifremer, Gustave Eiffel University and Centrale Nantes have combined their test resources to create the THeoREM Research Infrastructure and provide France with unparalleled marine engineering resources in Europe. 

Our exceptional research facilities include 13 platforms:

Ocean test facilities

Amongst the largest in Europe, Centrale Nantes' ocean test facilities include a towing tank, a hydrodynamic and ocean engineering tank, a shallow water tank and a recirculating canal. Experiments carried out in the ocean tanks allow different structures, such as ships or wind turbines to be tested in their environment of use - river or sea. 

SEM-REV Offshore test site

The first European site for multi-technology offshore testing that is connected to the grid. It will play a decisive role in meeting the challenge of Marine Renewable Energy development in France.

Dynamic Testing Resources and Expertise (PREED Platform)

Through this facility, our industrial partners can benefit from the tools and skills of our researchers in terms of thermomechanical behavior of materials applied to real situations.
Whether for academic or industrial research, CRED provides valuable input into optimal product design.

Engine test benches

These test facilities allow experimental characterization and numerical modeling of complex energy systems. This research is accompanied by a societal challenge: reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and polluting emissions.

Electric vehicle test bench

Centrale Nantes has an electric vehicle test bench specifically for electric vehicles, Bemeve, for automotive electric propulsion.
It consists of test engines (specimens) supplied by Renault and a control, power electronics and dynamic load environment to simulate driving situations.

Centrale Nantes has joined forces with the manufacturer Renault to set up a five-year chair, which aims to improve the performance of electric propulsion in motor vehicles.


The supercomputer is one of the most powerful in its category in France (Tier-2).

Intensive numerical calculation is an indispensable tool for both research and industry: it reduces the cost of testing, facilitates optimization and promotes creativity and the search for new solutions.

Composite Materials and Processes Platform

This experimental equipment makes it possible to produce organic composites and to characterize materials in physical terms. The platform provides the right conditions for the world-class research activity conducted in the field of mechanics of materials and processes.

Additive Manufacturing and Biofabrication Platform

The platform brings together several manufacturing processes: additive manufacturing, machining, forming, welding, bioprinting. It is currently used, for example, in an ongoing H2020 project in partnership with Naval Group whereby metal additive manufacturing is helping to reduce the environmental footprint of ships.

Robotics and Interaction

The Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LSDN) is equipped with a CRAFT prototype, a cable-driven parallel robot. Cable-driven parallel robot can be used for many applications, such as the precise handling and assembly of large and heavy parts, additive manufacturing of large parts, and the laying of fibres to make composite parts.

The LS2N has developed extensive expertise in the field of biorobotics through projects mainly concerning bio-inspired modes of locomotion such as fish swimming, snake slithering, insect wing flapping, etc., as well as perception using electric fields.

Sustainability and Green Building Platform

This platform provides researchers and companies with exceptional experimental and digital resources.

In order to meet the challenges of environmental civil engineering, the platform brings together simulation tools adapted for design and management of the lifecycle of structures.

Smart Factory Platform

This smart platform offers everything that we could expect from a production system: it is modular, reconfigurable, agile and flexible. It demonstrates the modern concepts of the industry of the future, integrating diversity management, total production traceability and detailed quality monitoring. - Professor Alain Bernard

Virtual Reality

Designed for teaching as well as research, this immersive room is equipped with a passive 3D projection system for real-time complex model simulation.

The physical configuration of the room is modelled on the industrial world of tomorrow: from creation of the business concept to virtual design to visualization / simulation in the immersive room.

Micrometeorology and Wind Engineering

  • Atmospheric wind tunnel
  • Aerodynamic wind tunnel
  • LiDAR-Light Detection And Ranging
  • The Nantes Observatory for Urban Environments (ONEVU)
Published on March 9, 2017 Updated on November 17, 2023