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

Address :
Ecole Centrale de Nantes 1 rue de la Noë BP 92101
44115 Nantes Cedex 3 - FRANCE
Phone :
33 240 371 631
Fax :
33 240 372 523
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Research Department

Authority : Ecole Centrale de Nantes

Reference : UMR6598


Director(s) Staff Director: David le Touzé
Deputy Director: Guillaume Ducrozet

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

Mixed research unit Centrale Nantes/CNRS(UMR 6598)

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).
Published on January 3, 2017 Updated on January 6, 2022