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The ISL inaugurated its new trisonic wind tunnel


Inauguration of the ISL new trisonic Wind TunnelOn Thursday the 25th of June 2015, the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis inaugurated its new trisonic wind tunnel. Due to its technical characteristics, the new wind tunnel is an exceptional scientific facility in the region. The wind speed can be varied from Mach 0.5, which corresponds to the speed of a train, to Mach 4.5, i.e. more than 5 500 km/h. The new facility is therefore particularly suitable for testing reduced-scale objects or objects of moderate full-scale size such as missiles and artillery shells. Thanks to the three functioning modes (subsonic, transonic, and supersonic), projectiles can be tested in varying conditions in the test section of 30cm x 40cm during blow-down tests  of up to 60 seconds. Hence, the novel ISL wind tunnel is  of great interest to ISL since it allows to address the ISL’s specific needs and to conduct tests at lower costs. Industrial partners and other research institutes  have already expressed their interest to use this windtunnel for their tests.

The ISL new trisonic wind tunnel was built up within two years at a cost of less than 5...

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Conference on Molecular design of nanostructured inorganic and hybrid materials, on 3rd July at 11:00


Clément SanchezOn 3rd July at 11:00, Doctor Clément Sanchez (Collège de France) will hold a conference on "Molecular design of nanostructured inorganic and hybrid materials", in the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis.

If you wish to attend this conference, it is required to register by sending us a message via the contact form and to present a identity card or passport at the ISL entrance.

Molecular design of nanostructured inorganic and hybrid materials

The methods of preparation of hybrid nanomaterials are designed to generate simultaneously in a same material both organic or biological components and inorganic matter in order to achieve true hybrids, organo-mineral nanocomposites.

In some cases the organic matter is also used intermediatly as a template to produce  nanostructured inorganic or hybrid porous networks. Such cross-cutting approaches where molecular engineering and ingenious processes are synergistically coupled allow the chemist to develop complex systems of various shapes with perfect mastery of different scales of size, composition, functionality and morphology.

The apprehension of complex hierarchical architectures involves transversal synthesis processes and demonstrates the crucial role of "Integrative Chemistry" in the field of advanced materials. Today, hybrid materials impact application areas as automotive, textile, packaging, construction and thermal and...

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«International Workshop on Active Imaging » - 18th-19th November 2015


The fifth Workshop on Active Imaging will take place on November 18 and 19, 2015 , hosted by the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL).

This workshop shall bring together researchers, operational staff, state representatives and industrial experts from different countries. It will enable participants to share current information and hopefully facilitate future collaborations.

Active-imaging systems, i.e. systems that employ an illumination source, are becoming more and more prevalent. Recent progress in component technology coupled with increased processing capability, have caused a surge in the development and implementation of laser-based imaging systems for diverse military or civilian applications.

Presentations are solicited in the following areas:

operational needs (military and security aspects) modeling, simulation and data processing novel component technologies for illumination and sensor aspects demonstrations and applications of active-imaging systems advanced techniques : polarization, multiwavelength or spectral imaging, 3D imaging…

> Call for Papers "International Workshop on Active Imaging"

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The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis is a binational research institute established by the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the basis of a treaty signed in 1958. The core mission of ISL is: "Research, scientific studies and basic predevelopment in the field of defense and security.

The classical working areas of ISL include: laser-matter interaction, laser development, detonics, perforation, protection, ballistics, the environment and protection of the soldier, acoustics, power electronics, high-power microwaves, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, optronics, sensors.

ISL has reinforced its activities on issues of civil security and countermeasures against terrorism encountered both at home and during overseas military operations.

The institute is situated in Southern Alsace near the German and Swiss borders.

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