The Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory is a joint laboratory between the Cerema, EDF R&D, and the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. The laboratory specializes in research and development in the field of fluid mechanics applied to hydraulics and the environment and the application of research concerning riverine, maritime, coastal and harbor free surface flows.
The laboratory increases understanding of waves, hydraulics, and the associated sediment transport, and develops methods and tools ranging from regional (ocean, watershed) to local scales concerning fluid-structure interactions. The research objectives of the laboratory are centered on three principal themes:
Four different, complementary approaches are taken: (1) understanding the physical processes, in particular through laboratory experiments, (2) mathematical models to simulate the physical processes of interest, (3) development of numerical simulation tools, and (4) use of the experimental and numerical tools to real applications.