Monday, 15 April 2019

What a week in Nantes: First INFRASTAR training school

Generally last year in PhD is bit stressed with running behind publications, writing up thesis, working late hours and then such training school brings a light rain in hot summer and refreshes you to come back to take up more challenges.

It was fantastic to visit to Nantes during this spring for the first INFRASTAR 
Training school. Nantes is a walkable city with beautiful buildings of 19th century along with Castle of the Dukes of Brittany from 15th Century.

one of the main squares of Nantes with beautiful 19th Century buildings

Castle of the Dukes of Brittany

Training school was jam packed with lectures covering different aspects:
Monitoring and auscultation, structural model updating, UHPFRC material for new structures, reliability frameworks structures, not only technical but some lectures on legal aspects e.g. patents, women transportation.

Further IFSTTAR arranged a technical visit to their laboratory, which covers different testing facilities available there! Following are few pictures of these unique facilities in IFSTTAR for research in transportation field. 

Centrifuge machine for soil testing creating artificial gravity

Fatigue testing of new pavement for rail transportation in a tunnel

Noise testing facility with semi-acoustic rooms 

There were 16 participant-researchers from outside INFRASTAR participated in the training school who carries same interest as INFRASTAR. All enjoyed the fun packed week with enhancement in technical knowledge and networking.

A big thanks to our INFRASTAR Project manager Hakim FERRIA :) 

Stay tuned with me for future updates.


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