Our experts develop strategies for mechanical tests and innovative instrumentation that help you understand, improve and anticipate the mechanical behavior of materials and structures.
We provide support for your R&D projects by carrying out complex, multi-scale or multi-property tests with assistance from laboratories at Université de Nantes. Our teams are recognized for their ability to develop custom test benches and design new monitoring strategies for your materials and structures.
We take part in your projects in the lab as well as on-site, from carrying out structural health monitoring (SHM) to using artificial intelligence to predict maintenance operations. Our expertise in composite materials and civil engineering structures in the marine environment is unparalleled.
We can conduct your static and dynamic tests at different scales: from centimeter-sized test tubes to parts that are several meters long. Our experts use inventive strategies to secure the mechanical behavior of your composite parts, structures and assemblies. Our test benches are custom developed so you can carry out complex tests and measure the fatigue and aging of composites.
Our tests provide you with the mechanical and physiochemical properties of your materials, whether they are in the lab during a preliminary certification phase or on site during construction. We have a fleet of equipment for characterizing materials and their properties of mechanical strength, thermal insulation, permeability, etc.
Characterisation of concrete
Formulation of resistant concretes in the marine environment
Development of low-impact concretes
Durability of concrete structures
Mechanical testing of concrete
Concrete pathology expertise
Dikes and embankments are subject to intense stress, including exposure to fresh or sea water. This can weaken them over time and lead to serious damage. To prevent risks, we carry out applicable erosion and mechanical tests on civil engineering structures in soil. We use the data to model internal and external erosion phenomena and provide necessary information to infrastructure managers.
Erosion tests in laboratory
Physical characterization tests
Our team provides measurement and instrumentation services for your parts, structures and prototypes made of composite materials and innovative materials and alloys. We are unmatched in designing tailor-made sensors for measuring force, displacement, pressure and resistance to strain. Our innovative, solid monitoring strategies are often more economical than standard business solutions.
Innovative measures strategies
Conception of custom sensors
Monitoring by optical fiber sensors
Predicitve maintenance and AI
Concrete structures, like other civil engineering structures, are subject to environmental stress and different types of use-related mechanical stress, which can damage them over time. To prevent risks, we help infrastructure managers identify and understand their materials’ pathologies and monitor their structures by using precise instrumentation coupled with artificial intelligence algorithms.
Concrete pathologies on maritime environment
Tests of durability in maritime environment
Monitoring of civil engineering works
Marine growth on offshore structures
Our materials experts perform their engineering duties in the very research laboratories of Nantes Université themselves, most notably at GeM. They strive to combine technical resources and scientific discovery to meet your R&D needs.
The mechanical engineering experts from Capacités are participating in the second phase of testing for the sail of the future.
On each ship deck designed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, layers of concrete are poured before the flooring is fitted. The contractors who apply these layers use different cementitious materials that have different properties – which can pose problems during application. To improve this stage of shipbuilding, the shipyard commissioned experts in geomaterials and civil engineering structures from Capacités to conduct a comparative study of sev…
A leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer turned to the experts at Capacités to assist in completing the final stages in the development of their novel composite material.
Airbus Helicopters asked Capacités to conduct a detailed study of the blades’ behavior under mechanical strain and incorporate the results into a digital model.