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One Cerfacs’ proposal accepted in PRACE 15th call

This study focuses on Hall-effect thrusters, which were first invented in the 1960s. Although such systems have been extensively studied, the detailed physics of the magnetized plasmas in these thrusters is very complex and several plasma processes that have direct influence on the thruster performance and lifetime are still poorly understood.

Therefore, the current design and development of Hall-effect Thrusters is still semi-empirical with long and expensive life qualification tests required. In the context of the ANR industrial chair POSEIDON (collaboration between LPP, CERFACS and SNECMA), a new numerical methodology is being developed to reduce the number of experimental tests in the develop cycle of future electric thrusters.

The main goals of this PRACE project “UNPIC3D” are to better understand plasmas in realistic electric thruster designs, to develop a 3D numerical code for treating such problems, and to use this tool to improve the efficiency of existing products and in this way to provide the foundation for future thruster designs.

18 Mh have been attributed to UNPIC3D project on Curie in the frame of 15th PRACE call.


Medal of the Academy of Air and Space: 3 CERFACS researchers awarded !

Brigitte Yzel |  11 July 2022

The Air and Space Academy awarded Carlos Pérez Arroyo, Gabriel Staffelbach and Jérôme Dombard with the Vermeil medal 2022, to honor the excellence of their work in the realization of the FULLEST project, the first high-fidelity simulation of an aircraft engine. Thanks to PRACE for awarding the access to the Joliot-Curie supercomputer (GENCI hosted at CEA/TGCC) and to DGAC for the funding of the ATOM project (No 2018-39) led by SAFRAN Tech. FULLEST also benefited from developments done in European projects:  EXCELLERAT (H2020 823691) and EPEEC (H2020 801051).  Read more


CERFACS |  4 July 2022

CERFACS will participate to the Paris meeting dedicated to the memory of Roland Glowinski from July 5th to 7th. Thierry Poinsot will present the advances of HPC in the field of energy and combustion. Roland Glowinski was CERFACS direcfor for 3 years in the 90s and largely shaped present activities of our research center.Read more