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Beneath Italy

Simulation of the 20 May 2012 earthquake in Northen Italy (c) IMAGINE_IT

Numerical simulation is a valuable tool for precisely imaging the internal geological structure of the planet and thus better understanding all the processes at work during major seismic events, with the target of determining operational scenarios for support of public authorities.

Controlled reactions

(c) CEA

Numerical simulation plays a dominant role in understanding physical phenomena involved in fusion, a natural reaction occuring in the Sun as well as in the stars in the Universe and which could be the future of energy supplies on the Earth.

A more secure network

View of the European electricity network (c) iTesla

Numerical simulation is used for developing a new generation of tools enabling network operators to guarantee the secure operation of the European electricity system: it is the objective of the iTesla project led by RTE, the French transmission system operator.

Inside turbulence

(c) MSME

To reproduce turbulent flows involving a number of fluids (liquid or gas) are of huge interest in a variety of areas of application such as nuclear power station cooling, optimisation of fuel consumption in a motor, fabrication of new materials for aeronautic and space vehicles or purification of steel.

In the tails of the comet

Shooting star display in 2013 in Morocco (c) IMCCE

Identifying the trajectory of swarms formed in the tails of comets can be of critical importance, in particular for protecting satellites orbiting the Earth or exploring Mars that could be damaged as a result of the collisions with them.

Bubbles opening the path

Image of the sonoporation process

How can we make sure that a therapeutic molecule reaches its target unhindered? This is an important issue for the pharmaceutical industry: sometimes molecules that have been successfully tested in-vitro fail in-vivo to cross the barrier formed by the membrane of their target cells.