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The Réseau de recherche Impulsion “BEST” aims to federate the skills present on the Bordeaux campus around the “factory of the future” topic. The transdisciplinary nature of this theme is present in the partner laboratories, and the synergy between technological sciences and social sciences and humanities is the core of the consortium.

Project description

The area of applications of the BEST consortium goes from design to use and maintenance, including manufacturing, evaluation, and control. The digital developments supporting by inter-communicating objects, as sensors and actuators, are more and more implemented within those applications. However, those data are poorly used from the physical point of view. Therefore, we are convinced that designing additional and original multiphysics and multiscale sensors and using the communication protocols present already, it will be possible to generate large quantities of physical data that can be processed from physical modeling and high computational facilities to address totally innovative problems such as:

  • The non-destructive assessment of materials, structures and systems during manufacture and in-service
  • The agility and resilience of processes
  • The design and manufacture of multifunctional materials, meaning intelligent, communicating and self-powered
  • The achievement of reduced models and optimized shape from multiphysics & multi-scale modelling and human behavior informal data for the purpose of real time control and decision on systems
  • The harvesting, storage, and use of energy from the scale of autonomous sensors to infrastructure

The project is organized around six work packages which integrate the scientific orientations of which we have just spoken. Thus, WP1 deals with non-destructive evaluation and control. WP2 is focused on smart design and organization. The topics of energy harvesting, storage and use are dealt within the WP3. WP4 is specifically oriented towards human organizational and societal issues. Multiphysics modeling is approached in WP5. Finally, innovative materials and processes are more particularly addressed in WP6.


  • Jean-Luc BATTAGLIA : full professeur at I2M, université de Bordeaux
  • Bruno Vallespir : full professeur at IMS, université de Bordeaux

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