Research and development


ComputationaL methods with Intensive Multiphysics Boltzmann solver.


CLIMB is a three-year research project funded by Banque Publique d’Investissement. It is carried out by fifteen European partners including industrial companies, universities, research institutes and research laboratories. It received support from the competitiveness clusters Systematic and LUTB.
The project aims at developing innovative HPC (High Performance Computing) methods and tools allowing multiphysics simulations in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). By bringing together players from the entire value chain, the ambition of the project is to develop and federate technological bricks in the following areas:

High performance computing: new-generation processors, infrastructure management, HPC services.

Computational fluid dynamics: innovative algorithms, high-fidelity numerical models and state-of-the-art pre and post-processing tools.

Multiphysics simulations within and industrial context: software coupling, complex workflow management.

All the research and development carried out in CLIMB is based on ProLB (previously called LaBS).


CLIMB is carried out by the following partners:
Aix-Marseille Université
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Université Paris-Sud

Airbus is a global pioneer in the aerospace industry, operating in the commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space sectors. The Company is a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a worldwide scale.

The Company operates under a unique brand: Airbus, which stands for internationalisation, innovation and integration. Every part of the business contributes to the brand equity – and every part benefits from it. All worldwide market activities across commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space businesses as well as any future core business entities operate under the same Airbus brand. The Airbus brand is not just a logo, it is the reason why our customers choose us. It represents our culture, our personality, our products and services and the way these are delivered.

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Within Airbus Engineering, the three departments Acoustics, Thermal and Aerodynamics work closely together on numerous research projects in the field of numerical simulation. Today, the ProLB code (formerly LaBS) and more generally the LBM approaches present a very high potential for unsteady isothermal calculations at low velocity. Tomorrow, thanks to the CLIMB project, this potential will be extended to the aerothermal and high-speed flows. The role of Airbus in the CLIMB project is therefore firstly to specify the problems encountered, secondly to provide detailed and relevant validation cases, and thirdly to carry out demonstrators aimed at confirming that the methods implemented are applicable in an industrial environment.

CERFACS is a basic and applied research center, specialized in modeling and numerical simulation. Trough its facilities and expertise in High Performance Computing, CERFACS deals with major scientific and technical research problems of public and industrial interest.

CERFACS hosts interdisciplinary researchers such as physicians, applied mathematicians, numerical analysts, software engineers who design and develop innovative methods and software solutions to meet the needs of the aeronautics, space, climate, energy and environmental fields.

CERFACS is involved in major national and international projects and is strongly interacting with its seven shareholders : Airbus Group, Cnes, EDF, Météo France, Onera, Safran et Total. It is also associated with partners like CNRS (Associated Research Unit), Irit (common laboratory), CEA and Inria (cooperation agreements).

As a member of CLIMB project, CERFACS contributed to both development inside ProLB software, and numerical validations on industrial test cases. The development part mainly includes new numerical schemes for the simulation of thermal and compressible flows, while aeroacoustic validations using standard LBM were performed on a four-wheel landing gear (RLG) and a high-lift device (FTEG) test cases.

CS is a designer, integrator and operator of mission-critical systems. Our expertise in applications and mission-critical systems makes us a preferred partner in a number of major economic sectors, in particular defense and security, space, aeronautics and energy.

CS is leader and coordinator of CLIMB. Also, CS contributes to the following work packages:

– Performance optimization
– Developing a Saas offer based on ProLB
– Pre and post-processing optimizations
– Improving numerical models in the software
– Software validation

Distene is a leading developer and supplier of meshing software components and technologies, MeshGems, that enables CAE/CAD application providers to incorporate fast, reliable and quality meshing capabilities into their CAE application products for simulation, optimization and digital product development processes.”The MeshGems suite is the trusted meshing technology chosen by leading CAE/CAD vendors such as ANSYS , MSC.Software, Dassault Systèmes, Siemens PLM, PTC, Autodesk, LSTC and many more customers of ours.

Distene worked with the partners of the CLIMB project to help the automation of  LBPre, the pre-processing step of ProLB, with high-end Surface Meshing or Mesh Cleaning technologies that have been derived from the MeshGems library.

Distene also contributed in the integration and automation of EnSight as one of the Post-Processing tool of the ProLB software chain, maximizing the engineers productuvity, thanks to its high performance and communication capabilities.

Internationally, nationally and industrially renowned, research at Ecole Centrale de Lyon is performed around 6 laboratories, all Joint research units (UMR) CNRS.

In an increasingly globally competitive environment, coupled with economical and societal expectations, Centrale Lyon has put in place a dynamic scientific policy, structured around 5 main disciplines: nanotechnology and nanomaterials, transport, energy, environment and bio-engineering.

With more than 50 theses presented each year, the Ecole plays an important role in education through research. Numerous former doctorates of Ecole Centrale de Lyon take up key positions in R&D services of large industrial groups or devote their time to a career in a university, at the Ecole, at a public university or in other research organisations.

The Ecole Centrale de Lyon is characterised by a remarkable balance between academic research and research partnerships, guaranteeing the highest level of scientific research whilst maintaining an indispensable practicality in the eyes of the enterprises. One of the advantages of research in the Ecole is the power of its test facilities, designed around platforms of ambitious sizes. Thanks to its recent success in the proposal of the Plan Investissements d’Avenir, and in coordination with other establishments in Lyon as part of a site policy where it is one of the main stakeholders, the Ecole reinforces today its test facilities with the establishment of 3 “Equipments of Excellence” (EQUIPEX): IVTV, Phare and Manutech.

Internationally, the Ecole’s research policy is targeted around a concentrated number of main activities, notably the establishment of the Laboratoires Internationaux Associées (LIA) or the Unités Mixtes Internationales (UMI). The Management of Research coordinates all the research-based activities and doctoral studies. Relying on the Conseil Scientifique of the establishment, the Ecole puts in place the scientific policy of the School and ensures the coordination with partner establishments.

The partner ECL contributes in CLIMB to the subgrid modeling of turbulence and the development of Lattice Boltzmann schemes adapted to composite multi-resolution grids.

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Gantha is an engineering company working in construction, industry, energy and environment sectors since 15 years.
Gantha advances its expertise in acoustic and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) through participation in development and innovation projects carried out in collaboration with major industries and research laboratories.

Gantha’s contribution to CLIMB addresses the development of a post-processing software for ProLB’s results and the validation of ProLB through computations on industrial cases.

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Matelys is an independent research laboratory, founded in 2005, dedicated to materials, acoustics, mechanics, thermodynamics and flow. The field of applications of Matelys covers Buildings, Transports (cars, trucks, trains, ships, planes), Domestic appliances (vacuum cleaners, washing machines, fitness equipments…) and Environment (road surfaces, noise barriers…).
Matelys has been awarded in 2011 the Research Golden Decibel by the French National Council of Noise (CNB) and the Industrial prize in 2012 by The French Acoustical Society (SFA) “for the design of innovative acoustic treatments and its action towards the dissemination of the knowledge which are particularly noteworthy.

Matelys is involved in the CLIMB project to develop features related to porous media. Its mission covers both models and post-processing tools. Three axis of modelling are investigated:

(i) predicting the macro-properties of porous materials under flow from the description of their micro-structures,
(ii) modelling of porous media using the surface impedance,
(iii) modelling of porous media using a bulk (volume) representation.

Matelys has also developed the non-reflective boundary conditions, which are of great interest in aeroacoustic simulations to avoid spurious reflections, to decrease computation cost and to increase accuracy.

ONERA is the French National Research Institute for Aerospace. Being the major research institution in the field of aerospace activities in France, it contributes to many research and development programmes through either theoretical or experimental aspects. ONERA has activities in fundamental and applied research, supports industry in long and medium term projects, and also gives a direct support to industrial projects. ONERA is organised in seven scientific departments (Aerodynamics Aeroelasticity and Acoustics, Electromagnetism and Radar, Materials and Structures, Multi-physics for Energetics, Optics and Associated Techniques, Physics Instrumentation Environment and Space, Information Processing and Systems) covering all the disciplines involved in Aeronautics. In addition, the Computing and Network Divison and the Engineering and Testing Facilities Divisions include computer systems, workshops and testing facilities, covering a wide range of possible applications and Mach numbers, to support the research activities.
ONERA in the ProLB project
ONERA contributes to the ProLB project via a contribution to the CLIMB consortium and via an internal project named OneLaBZ (Onera activities in the domain of the Lattice Boltzmann method).
The first objective of Onera is to evaluate the capabilities of the ProLB solver for aeronautical applications. In this context, the fields of aerodynamic and aeroacoustic are the main drivers, including landing gear and airfoil noise, but also propeller and turbomachinery noise. Moreover, aeronautic applications in various domains such as aeroelasticity, optics,  porous materials, plasmas, contrails and polluant dispersions are also actively evaluated.
In terms of contributions to the solver development, Onera is involved in :
– the improvement of the numerical treatment of the octree grid refinement (1-to-2) surfaces,
– the implementation of efficient wall laws for the realistic simulation of boundary layers along immersed solid boundaries,
– a contribution to the extension of the solver capabilities towards higher Mach numbers,
– a contribution to the development of a GPU version of ProLB.

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The members of the LMO are currently located in 3 buildings, 425, 430 and 440 in the valley of the Faculty of Sciences of Orsay. Soon, they will be gathered in the new Institute of Mathematics of Orsay.

The research topics covered in the LMO cover a very wide area, ranging from the most fundamental to the most applied. The researchers are divided into 5 research teams: Harmonic Analysis, Numerical Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, Arithmetic and Algebraic Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Topology, Geometry and Dynamics.

The team “Numerical Analysis and Partial Differential Equations » is made up of some 60 members, including some 30 permanent staff and 30 doctoral students.

Its research activities explore the entire spectrum of partial differential equations, from mathematical analysis to modeling and numerical simulation.

Among the themes currently being studied in the team are mathematical physics, fluid mechanics, hyperbolic or dispersive nonlinear equations, micromagnetism, biological modeling and reaction-diffusion systems.

Every Thursday afternoon, the team organizes a seminar (sessions at 2:30pm and 4:00pm) around recent results in these different fields. In addition, several working groups are devoted to more specialized presentations.

Finally, the members of the team animate the specialty “partial differential equations and scientific computation” of the Master of Fundamental and Applied Mathematics (MFA) of the University Paris-Sud.

Partner of the CLIMB project, LMO brings its theoretical knowledge of the Lattice Boltzmann Method to propose and investigate new schemes for the simulation of compressible flows.

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As part of its research and development activities, Valeo is extending its research capabilities and promoting digital developments, from initial design phases until product validation.
Partner of the Climb project, Valeo brings its industrial know-how in order to evaluate and specify functionalities in ProLB which are necessary for its use in production. Validation cases dealing with aerodynamics and aeroacoustics are simulated and compared to experimental data from instrumented parts, including complex geometries and rotating wheels for ventilation.