Co-funded by the European Union
Pprime (or P’ or Pprime Institute) is a French joint laboratory hosted at the French CNRS research centre and located in Poitiers. The laboratory is affiliated with the University of Poitiers (UP) and the ENSMA, a school of mechanics and aeronautics engineering. Pprime has deep expertise in the field of thermomechanical material characterization (TGA, DMA, DCS, mechanical tests, cone calorimeter, coupled or not), damage observation (microscopy, tomography), multiphysics modelling and Finite Element simulations.
In close interaction with Efectis, Covess, Arkema and Air Liquide, the PPRIME Institute is contributing to the Road Trhyp project by assessing the safety of thermoplastic composite tanks subjected to fire. Based on knowledge acquired during previous studies dedicated to thermoset composites, a simulation tool will be developed using a multi-scale approach :
In order to achieve these objectives, the PPRIME Institute is committing human resources (professors, research engineers and a post-doc assigned exclusively to the project), experimental facilities (TGA, DSC, cone calorimeter, radiant panel, tensile tests, observations by microscopy or tomography, etc.) and simulation resources (identification by inverse analysis, development of behaviour models, finite element softwares).