Pprime Institute (P’) is a research laboratory specialized in the fields of Physics and Engineering Sciences. It is a UPR CNRS linked with the University of Poitiers (The Faculty of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Sport Sciences, ENSIP (National Higher School of Engineers of Poitiers)) and ISAE-ENSMA (National Higher School of Mechanics and Aeroengineering).
Its research activities cover a large range of topics from physics of materials to fluids and mechanics of materials, mechanical engineering and energetics. It is about using this set of competences, recognized at both national and international levels, to favor collaborations and synergies between different disciplines/subjects, and to respond appropriately the needs of the socioeconomic sector. The privileged areas of application are the transportations and the energy, with a careful consideration given to environmental aspects. Researchers and teacher-researchers (of whom 50% have accreditation to direct research) belong to sections 5, 9 and 10 of the CNRS and to sections 28, 60, 62 and 63 of the CNU (National Council of Universities).
Pprime Institute research activities are developed over 38,000 m² of facilities, mainly located at the Futuroscope, but also on the University of Poitiers, Angouleme and Niort universities. The PROMETEE/CEAT technological platform is actually based on Biard and will be established at the Futuroscope at the end of 2016.
Pprime laboratory has been awarded the EQUIPEX programme for its GAP project (Groupe Aéro Propulseur), held by ISAE-ENSMA. It is also a member of the national network of robotics platforms EQUIPEX ROBOTEX held by CNRS and is associated to NANOIMAGESX center (Synchrotron SOLEIL). Pprime controls LABEX INTERACTIFS, a project held by the University of Poitiers which covers the research programme about fluids and solids interfaces.