Emile Moreau
PhD student
Ir. at UCLouvain in 2017

Main project: Captive Trajectory System for the handling of wake-impacted flow devices
Funding: UCLouvain Assistant
Supervisor(s): Renaud Ronsse, Philippe Chatelain

The main objective of the thesis is to develop a Captive Trajectory System (CTS) for the handling of wake-impacted flow devices that are free flying or swimming, such as aircrafts or bio-inspired robots. Which means that there is no other external force applied on those models, barring gravity, than the one applied by the fluid.
The envisioned facility will be unique at an international level. At the same time, its scope of applications will be quite wide, covering, but not limited to, applied and fundamental fluid mechanics (fluid-structure interaction problems), biomechanics (biolocomotion), and civil engineering (wind or flow-structure interactions). Additionally, we see this project as a first foray into the emerging field of experimental studies augmented by Artificial Intelligence or co-simulation.
Nowadays, this is not experimentally achievable by the use of Lab facilities, because they only allow, at most, horizontal and vertical displacements and do not feature any force or motion control. Hence, the goal of this thesis, of a rather experimental nature, is to design a robotic system – possibly partially immersed – whose precision, sensing and control capabilities will be able to handle free-moving devices, and to validate fluid-structure interaction models developed by various IMMC research teams, also involved in the project.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Dynamical and electromechanical systems

electromechanical device
mechanical design
vehicle dynamics
mechanical design

Research group(s): MEED


Recent publications

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Conference Papers

1. Fisette, Paul; Moreau, Emile. Simulation of the Aerodynamic Effects on an Actuated Pendulum with the Actuator Volume Method. 2019 xxx.