• Transport and Mobility

Study of aerodynamic flows (Soufflerie)



The laboratory wind tunnel is used for fundamental research mainly focusing on the characterization and control of runoff, but also for research applied to the aerodynamics of land transport, This includes reducing fuel consumption and reducing particulate emissions associated with braking.

The wind tunnel has been awarded the label "Centre de Ressources et d'Expertise Scientifique et Technologique" (CREST) by the Regional Platform for Innovation and Exploitation of Research.

The platform is part of the Hauts-de-France regional platform “CONTRAERO” (a regional wind tunnel structuring group, LML & ONERA), which was the subject of a framework agreement with DR18 CNRS signed in 2016, and a inauguration in September 2017.
It has the particularity of having a relatively long vein of tests allowing to characterize the flow around geometries of very elongated dimension (railway domain).

This wind tunnel platform of CONTRAERO and PEGASE continues its development through the RITMEA project co-funded by the State, the Hauts-de-France region and the ERDF Fund 2021 - 2027.


  • Marc LIPPERT
    Technical manager
  • Laurent KEIRSBULCK
    Scientific manager


Le Mont Houy
59313 Valenciennes Cedex 9


Chiffres clés

Number of partners: 7
Number of projects per year: 4 of which 2 to 3 in industry
Number of benefits per year: 2


Effectif total : 4



• Flow characterization
• Flow control
• Force/pressure and speed measurements

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Onéra, Prism, LMFL

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Alstom, CNRT R2A

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Transportation / Logistics
  • Mechanics
  • Science / Research


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent transportation systems
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption