IRT Jules Verne
IRT Jules Verne, set up in 2012 as part of the Investissement d’Avenir (Future Investment) programme, is a mutualized industrial research centre dedicated to advanced manufacturing technologies. Its vocation is to improve the competitiveness of strategic industrial sectors in France by creating disruptive technologies for manufacturing processes. Its mission is to speed up innovation and technology transfer to factories.
IRT Jules Verne offers 5 areas of technological expertise: Robotics and Cobotics | Composite Materials Processes | Metallic Materials and Additive Processes | Modelling and Simulation | Characterisation, Monitoring and Control.
The IRT team works hand in hand with the very best industrial and academic resources in the manufacturing field.
Together, they strive to develop innovative technologies that will be deployed in the short to medium term in 5 research areas: Forming and Preforming Processes | Assembly and Joining Technologies | Additive Manufacturing Processes | Mobility in the Industrial Environment | Manufacturing Flexibility.
Working closely with production equipment manufacturers and integrators, IRT Jules Verne caters to 4 strategic industrial sectors: aeronautics, shipbuilding, the automotive industry, and renewable marine energy.
In its bid to provide comprehensive solutions up to scale-1 demonstrators, IRT Jules Verne installs and utilises a wide range of exclusive state-of-the-art equipment.
As well as this core business, IRT Jules Verne also tackles additional challenges:
- Promotion of industrial professions in response to the needs of businesses,
- Deployment of a coordinated strategy with the EMC2 Competitiveness Cluster in relation to the French ecosystem dedicated to open innovation in manufacturing.
The majority of IRT Jules Verne teams are concentrated at mutualized technology research platforms:
- Technocampus Composites: the leading composite materials centre. This platform hosts IRT Jules Verne activities dedicated to Composites Processes, Simulation-Modelling and Characterisation, Monitoring, and Control, as well as support services.
- Technocampus Ocean: a platform that brings together the expertise of major players in the Naval and Renewable Marine Energy (RME) sectors. It is here that IRT Jules Verne has set up its research teams and equipment dedicated to robotics and cobotics, metal processes and additive manufacturing.
We also have research teams in laboratories and teaching centres relevant to our activities:
- Arts & Métiers – Angers Campus (49), which hosts our multi-axial test bench.
- Le Mans University (72), which hosts the robotic 3D laser vibrometer platform (3DVIB).
The IRT association
Since 2015, the 8 French Technological Research Institutes have come together under the roof of the “French Institutes of Technologies” association, whose main aim is to promote the IRT model in France and internationally, but also to promote exchanges, as well as coherence and complementarity of research programmes, between the different IRTs.
To this end, IRT Jules Verne is actively engaged in 3 inter-IRT initiatives:
- “Additive Manufacturing”, to optimise IRT research in the additive manufacturing field, and;
- “EngageAI“, to speed up the transfer of artificial intelligence skills between academic research and industry.
- “Thermic Plastic Composite Materials“, to develop this French industrial sector and give the opportunity to the industrials to innovate and to keep their technological lead, in order to build the plane of the future.
IRT Jules Verne in numbers
- 96 R&D projects. 203 M€ of budget committed to projects
- 12 European projects. 4.4 M€ of budget committed to European projects
- 133 employees
- 49 patents filed (5 in 2020)
- 18 million euros of investment in equipment
- 86 members and industrial / academic partners