The IRT Jules Verne and its partners, Fives (Manufacturing of heat exchangers), AddUp (Additive Metal Manufacturing and 3D Printing) and the CNRS/LTEN (Laboratory of Thermics and Energy of Nantes) have launched the 3DCALOR project for a duration of 12 months.


In the current context of increasing the performance of heat exchangers, the consortium will investigate new geometries accessible through additive manufacturing.


The objective of this project is to identify the main technological locks related to the production of heat exchangers by additive manufacturing and to evaluate performances of the integration of innovative architectures based on biomimetic principles.


The project will also include work on the functionalization of surfaces by texturing and on the development of a product/process design and optimization strategy. 


At the end of these 12 months, it could lead to a second, larger project in which the topological optimisation aspects and the implementation of a methodology for industrial development would be further developed.