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Research Unit

Corium Physics Study Laboratory (LEPC)

 

The Corium Physics Study Laboratory (LEPC, ex-LESAM) is located in Cadarache, Bouches du Rhône (France) and conducted by Renaud Meignen. 

 


Summary

 

 

 

Context and research themes

 

The main mission of the laboratory involves the production of knowledge and the development of ways to predict the behavior of nuclear fuel at accidentally induced high temperatures, even to the fusion of materials.

 

 

Research axes


Within this overall mission, the LEPC implement the knowledge and the following occupations:

  • Biphasic thermal environments;
  • Physico-chemistry and thermodynamics of materials: zirconium alloys, uranium oxide, steel, boron carbide, alloys of silver-indium-cadmium in aggressive conditions (high temperature, water vapor, air);
  • Physical mass transfer and heat (convection / conduction, radiation, boiling, evaporation, biphasic);
  • Physical mass transfer and heat in porous media;
  • Numerical simulation of physical systems (state of the art, development of simulation tools, qualification relative to experience).

 

 

Specialties and researchers


Renaud Meignen, head of laboratory

Sébastien Belon, engineer

Guillaume Brillant, research engineer

Laure Carenini, engineer

Laure Cloarec, engineer

Olivia Coindreau, engineer

Alain Commande, research engineer

Patrick Drai, engineer

Florian Fichot, engineer

Laurent Foucher, engineer

Claude Jamond, engineer

Laurent Laborde, engineer

Catherine Marchetto, engineer

Libuse Piar, engineer

Vincent Topin, engineer

 

 

Facilities and techniques

 

Available means of the LEPC are codes of scientific computing developed by the laboratory and mastery of many other tools for calculating. In particular, codes Astec, Icare and Cathare which are covering the areas of biphasic thermal environments, the transfer of mass and energy, the physical chemistry of materials.


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Corium Physics Study Laboratory
BP 3
13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance cedex
France
 
By phone: +33 (0)4 42 19 94 00

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