The ESITC Caen research laboratory is located at the heart of the school.The main research topics deal with environmentally-friendly building materials and aim to design and enhance technical and environmental behavior of building materials.
Successful and recognized research are based on expertise and skills in the following fields:
Teaching research methodology is one of the diverse pedagogical methods used at ESITC Caen.
In parallel, teaching research methodology and also aims to promote R&D activities to develop new products, materials and techniques that fit today’s needs for sustainable construction. These activities offer the opportunity to discover the professions in the civil engineering and construction sector with essential issues at stake.
The research laboratory team currently includes 11 researchers: 1 HDR, 5 teacher-researchers, 4 PhD students, 1 R&D manager ,1 R&D engineer and 1 technician.
The laboratory regularly accepts work placements for Masters students from French or foreign universities and ESITC Caen’s own PhD candidates are also accepted in collaboration with the University of Caen-Normandy and partner laboratories registered with the Doctoral School SIMEM.
A few examples of our projects :
RECIF: European project on shellfish by-products reuse in artificial reefs.
Total global budget: 2,7 M€ Co-funded by the cross-border cooperation programme Intereg IV/A France (Channel) / England and the Lower-Normandy Region.
Partners: ESITC Caen, Univ Caen-BOREA, Univ. Caen-M2C, Univ. Caen-LUSAC, TPC and EMCC ( VINCI Group), Plymouth Marine Laboratory , MNHN, Univ. Southampton, Univ.Exeter.
ESITC Caen also develops collaborative research projects involving European partners (INTERREG, Horizon 2020, …) and national entities (competitiveness clusters, the Brittany-Atlantic Sea cluster) as well as regional partners (research laboratories, local companies and councils).
The ESITC Caen laboratory also develops R&D partnerships with companies and organizations working in the fields of Civil engineering and Construction, collaborating with them on projects related to applied research and innovation.
The members of staff also provide R&D work for companies wanting to work on construction materials and eco-materials.
You can consult the themes covered by this research by clicking on the links below:
As well as the equipment used for Civil engineering (RDM, soil mechanics, materials, hydraulics, physical tests), students in the ESITC Caen laboratory also have access to high-performance equipment for working on construction materials.
In view of the multi-disciplined nature of research programs, ESITC Caen works in close collaboration with other laboratories in Caen such as ABTE and CRNT Matériaux (a materials laboratory). These labs provide additional expertise and other technical means besides those possessed by ESITC Caen which allows students to carry out research work on different aspects of formulations, physico-chemical and microstructural work as well as mechanical and thermal behaviour.
The main equipment in the Building Materials Research Laboratory of ESITC Caen enables the following work to be carried out:
IDENTIFICATION, FORMULATION AND MANUFACTURING OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS:
Earthworks Road Guide soil classification: particle size distribution, compaction parameters, CBR press, methylene blue value, Los Angeles, Micro-Deval, density, Atterberg limit, carbonate content, lime reactivity. Laboratory and field vane tester, compaction meter, soil permeability. Shearing frame and mixer, cutterhead mixer, 40L and 150L mixers, suitability test equipment, dynamic vapour sorption analysis ...
CHARACTERIZATION, FORMULATION AND MANUFACTURE OF CEMENTITIOUS MATERIALS:
Mortar mixer, impact compactor, 65L concrete mixer, concrete rectification grinder, laboratory crusher, Abram’s cone, workability apparatus, splitting test, Cembureau gaz permeability, Blaine permeameter, rheometer, carbonatation chamber, calorimeter, conductivimeter, laser particule analyser, scanning electron microscope, optical microscope ...
MECHANICAL AND GEOTECHNICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF CEMENTITIOUS MATERIALS AND SOILS:
Compression machine (Schenck 300T), bending/compression gantry (Controlab 160kN), tensile testing machine (Lloyd LR 30K and Instron 50kN/10N), oedometers, Proctor and CBR compactor, triaxial and CBR presses …
TGA/TDA, GC-MS, UV-visible spectrophotometer, polarographie, centrifuge, leaching and vacuum filtration devices ...
PROTOTYPING AND REAL CONDITION TESTS:
4000kN press, 2x300kN and 9m long bending test bench for beams and slabs, bridge crane and forklift, conical mixer 150L, precision saw, equipments for manufacturing pavers, concrete blocks and earth bricks, ovens, dryers and climate chambers with controlled temperature and humidity ...
Students wishing to obtain a work placement in our research laboratory must be following Master 1 or 2 level Civil engineering studies in order to work on materials, eco-materials, geotechnics, soils, etc.
Contact: M. BOUTOUIL, Dr, HDR., Research Director
Tel. +33 2 31 46 23 04