Shock Wave


The “Shock Wave” research team was created in the early 1970s by Professor Claude-Etienne Paillard. The first shock tube in France, with applications in Chemical Kinetics, was designed and developed by Professor Paillard in 1977.
The study of the chemical kinetics of high-energy compounds was developed by Professor Paillard in collaboration with Gabrielle Dupré, then both researchers at the CNRS in Orleans.



The “Shock Wave” team is particularly interested in the field of high-temperature chemical kinetics and the dynamics of flames and explosions. This research is oriented towards understanding on the one hand the formation of gaseous and particulate pollutants such as soot, and on the other hand the speed of energy release from gaseous or solid fuels with applications ranging from explosion safety to the development of new fuels for land and aerospace transport.
Experimental facilities, often unique, have been developed by the team to carry out these studies such as shocks tubes, detonation tubes, ENACCEF and spherical enclosures. These facilities are coupled with advanced diagnostic, laser and spectrophotometric systems.

These studies are carried out within the framework of national and international projects such as :
Projet FUN-PM, ERC Starting Grant, 2018-2023, PI: Andrea Comandini

Fundamental Understanding of Nanoparticle chemistry: towards the prediction of Particulate emissions and Material synthesis (FUN-PM)
Responsable : Andrea Comandini


HORIZON2020, EURATOM NFRP-2019-2020, 945057-AMHYCO 2020-2024

Towards an enhanced accident management of the Hydrogen/CO combustion risk (AMHYCO)
Collaborations : Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), L’Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique -Orleans (CNRS), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Framatome GmbH (FRG), Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), Energorisk, Ltd. (ER), Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)

Programme Investissement d’Avenir : projet Recherche en matière de sûreté nucléaire et de radioprotection (RSNR), ANR-11-RSNR-0015-01, 2013-2019, Extension à 2021

Amélioration de la connaissance du risque hydrogène et de sa gestion en situation d’accident grave (MITHYGENE)
Collaborations: CNRS, IRSN, EDF, CEA, Air Liquide, ARCYS, Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Programme ANR, 2020-2024

Propagation of Hydrogen Flames for Safety Applications – PHYSSA

Collaboration CORIA-Rouen

Chaire industrielle ANR 2019

Allumage, Combustion, eXplosion, Environnement et Matériaux Énergétiques (ACXEME)

Programme ANR, 2016-2020

Réacteurs Structurés Intensifiés pour des procédés Intrinsèquement Sûrs. – IRSIS
Collaboration : LGPC (UMR5285 CNRS-CPE Lyon-Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1)