Engineering solutions for the 21st century's increasingly complex challenges

In the last 30 years there has been an extraordinary increase in simulation and modeling tools used by design engineers, decision makers and public services.


Research in mechanical and process engineering has provided a significant contribution to progress in these areas.


Today's scientific and technological challenges arise from new issues:


sustainable development, alternative resource management, green technologies, environmental impact, risk management, health care...

The aim of Tec 21 Laboratory of Excellence is that our research contributes to developing new engineering solutions for today’s increasingly complex challenges through

  • gathering new knowledge and understanding, developing new concepts and methods, and improving measurement as well as simulation capabilities...
  • giving rise to educational multidisciplinary programs providing practical experience. 
  • working towards solutions having direct industrial and environmental applications.

Grain of snow, or no grain of snow?

Published: June 2015

By coupling experimental observations and mechanical modelling, the researchers from IRSTEA Grenoble have developed a new computational method to simplify the identification of individual snow grains in the complex network of ice crystals that makes up the snow (read more).

Image caption: 3D image of a snow sample (1 cm3). The bonds between snow grains were defined using either the method of mechanical stress computation (black rings) or the new algorithm based on geometrical clues (pink zones).

PI: Pascal Hagenmuller; Guillaume Chambon

Ref: Hagenmuller et al. Granular Matter, August 2014, 16: 421-432

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News & Events

Summer School
From the 14th to the 18th of September, the Fed3G and Tec21 organise their first summer school on fluid and solid mechanics (visit the home page)

PhD positions in biorefinery
As part of a French Public-Private partnership with the paper company Fibre Excellence, the laboratory LGP2 is seeking candidates for two PhD projects dealing with ligno-cellulosic biomass transformation into high added value products (download job description)

PhD Position
The Laboratory for Pulp and Paper Sciences is seeking candidates for a PhD project entitled: "Decrease the energy consumption of the recycled pulp stock preparation in setting up a control/command system based on image analysis of the pulp suspension" (download job description)

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Project highlight

Fluid to solid transition in granular media: application to forces on structures
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