IMT-Atlantique

A new school under the aegis of the Ministry of industry and the digital sector. A leading member of the "Institut Mines-Télécom".

On January 1st 2017, "Mines Nantes" and "Télécom Bretagne", both Elite Graduate Engineering School merged. The new Graduate School named IMT Atlantique will take place as one of the top 10 Graduate Engineering Schools in France. This is a Graduate Engineering School with significant research potential, reflecting the diversity of the world around us thanks to the strength we draw from our multiple campuses. IMT Atlantique, highly respected by its surrounding regions for its contribution to their economic and industrial development is conscious of its environmental and societal responsibility. IMT Atlantique trains managers who can understand and master the complexity of the highly interconnected systems of the future.

We are at the crossroads of two stories, of two Elite Graduate Engineering Schools created about fifteen years apart. They have evolved to meet their objectives and contribute to the economic development of France and its international influence through education, research and innovation. We have chosen to join forces by creating a new Graduate Engineering School combining digital technology, energy and the environment, able to contribute to the evolution of industry and society by training senior managers (engineers, MSc. and PhD graduates) who will be immediately operational in today's changing environment.

IMT-Atlantique

Education

A new and unique broad-based engineering course, organized on several campuses. Trains engineers in the convergence of digital technology, energy and environment. The course is tailored to be relevant for both the students’ future career paths and the needs of industry.

Our Programs: MSc in Engineering, MSc, International MSc, Post Master Professional certificates, Engineering apprenticeships/vocational, PhDs. Major emphasis on pedagogical innovation.

Research

The reseach potential ranks IMT Atlantique among the top 10 in France.
Research topics in the field of energy and digital technology:
Subatomic physics and nuclear chemistry - Energy and environment processes - Robotics and automatic control - Simulation, modeling, optimization, coding, decision - Design of electronic, microwave and optical functions - Implementation of fast algorithms for complex functions - Signal and Image processing, Big Data processing - Computer Science, Software Engineering, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence - Networked Systems (communication, energy, waste, water, air) - Humanities. A significant contribution to the research development with 6 mixed research units (5 CNRS and 1 Inserm).
Funding of 3 ERC projects in recognition of the quality of its research (European Research Council grants), 2 academic chairs and numerous scientific awards.

Development and industrial relations

  • A global offer of business partnerships
  • 8 industrial chairs
  • 1 incubator on 3 sites (45 companies hosted, 15 new start-ups per year)
  • An active contribution to regional economic development
  • International

  • 51 double degree agreements
  • More than 70 nationalities on our campuses
  • Master's courses taught in French and English
  • 2 Erasmus Mundus programs, member of the European KIC EIT
  • Digital network, project partners of KIC InnoEnergy
  • 4 programs offered abroad (China, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Vietnam)
  • The department of Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering (DSEE)

    DSEE leads intensive research and education activities at an international scale. It counts more than 60 researchers and lecturers, who deal with many collaborative projects within a strong network of academic and industrial partners. The main research fields are focused on Eco-technologies (Technologies for Energy Production, Sustainable Energy Systems and Air and Water Treatment). For more details about the research activities, see here

    The international Master in Process and Bioprocess Engineering - Track PM3E "Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering"

    PM3E has been created in 2003, and has been graduating 13 cohorts amounting over 350 students coming from more than 50 different countries. When coming to Nantes, the ME3 students join the PM3E students for the semesters presented below, according to their choice of option. For more details about PM3E, see here.

    Semester 2 for options A, B and C: Eco-Technologies and Environmental Process Engineering

    Environmental Process Engineering

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To be able to understand environmental process engineering and to design solid-gas processes and define adapted industrial technologies for applications related to combustion and de-dusting.

    Content: Chemical Reaction Engineering applied to environmental process (Energy & Mass Balances). Solid-gas Process Engineering: characterization of particulate solids and powders, flow through porous media, engineering and design of fluidized beds and cyclones, industrial applications. .

    Incineration and Waste Minimization

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To be able to design process related to combustion, solid waste incineration, gasification, solid thermal treatment, catalytic reactions. The course stresses the necessity to take into account the economic criteria, the legal constraints, the environmental impact (control and reduction of pollution and waste generation) and the energy costs in order to define an optimal design of processes.

    Content: Incineration & Combustion Processes: conventional fuels, waste as fuel, basics of combustion and flames, combustion equipment and furnaces, thermal techniques for waste treatment, incineration and gasification, energy recovery, pollution control equipment, ash disposal facilities, planning and strategies, case studies of success and failure. Waste Minimisation and Process Integration: typical causes and sources of waste, hazardous wastes, benefits and implementation of a waste management program, methodology and practical techniques to minimise waste, case studies.

    Air and Soil Remediation

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: This course gives an overview of the main treatment processes applied in fields including air treatment, industrial gas purification and soil remediation. It combines both theoretical engineering knowledge and practical know-how (mini-project, industrial case studies).

    Content: Flue gas treatment Technologies: to be able to understand, design main technologies adapted for flue gas cleaning Biological Gas Treatment: Odour and COV treatment using biological filters are presented in this module through a "learn by project" seminar. Soil treatment: Overview of main technologies employed to treat soils polluted by industrial activities (oil, heavy metals, chemical compounds etc…).

    Water Treatment Processes

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: This course gives an overview of the main treatment processes for drinking water and wastewater treatment. A multi-scale approach is developed including description of mechanisms, conventional models, technology presentation, system design and economic analysis. Students will gain knowledge about legislation regarding pollutant discard, and how to design and/or optimize treatment processes in order to respect pollutant emissions thresholds.

    Content: Biological Wastewater Treatment: Pollutant fraction in wastewater and main microbiological processes occurring in biological wastewater treatment plant are first presented, with an emphasis on activated sludge treatment process. Industrial wastewater treatment. Drinking Water Treatment: Basics of drinking water treatment processes are presented along with a background of physico-chemical involved in water treatment processes. Stormwater management and treatment.

    Water Strategies and Innovation

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To understand the main strategies and the driving forces for innovation in water management and water treatment technologies. To help the students to identify decision-makers and understand the role of the main actors. To understand new avenues for drinking and wastewater management (industrial, domestic, stormwater) with a multi-scale approach.

    Content: Water Strategies: use and treatment of water over the course of human history, the interrelationship between the water environment and public health, and the prospects for advanced treatment. PPCPs in the environment measure and treatment: Definition of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PPCPs), how to measure PPCPs in Environment (water, soils) and how it affects ecosystems and health. Innovation in water for the future: Ecological sanitation and decentralized extensive wastewater management. Membrane processes as a solution for desalinization and water treatment.

    Process Modelling,Simulation and Control

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: Based on solids knowledge gained in process engineering (UV-ST3, ST4 & ST5), this course aims at giving students the ability to use the most widespread software-tools dedicated to process modeling and control. Basic skills on how to obtain and compile data from static and dynamic systems will be provided using linear methods. The main objective is to enable students to reduce environmental impact and energy consumption of new or existing environmental processes trough both modeling, simulation and control approaches.

    Content: An introduction to the field of process modeling is first given by highlighting differences between mechanistic and empirical approaches dynamic and static modeling. The course includes four different modules (only two are mandatory). 1) process control, MATLAB for linear system, and SIMULINK for dynamic process control. 2) process modeling & design, with practices on two softwares: ASPEN+ for static air, waste and Energy system modeling and optimization, and BIOWin for wastewater treatment processes 3) modeling of pollutant dispersion in the surroundings environment 4) modeling of membranes processes for water treatment

    Environmental Management and Strategies

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: To provide an overall view of energy and environmental issues on a planetary scale, to identify the scientific, technical, social, economic, legal and political stakes linked to sustainable management, to help the students to identify decision-makers and understand the role of the main actors. At the end of the course, the students will be familiarized with all aspect of environmental, risk and safety management systems and how these are evolving and being implemented by industry.

    Content: International Environmental Management: methodologies of environmental audits, implementation of environmental management system (ISO14001), materials inventory and substitution, recycling, and recovery, life cycle analysis Sustainability Management: the company, its social and natural environment – environmental economics constraints: effects on business activities – sustainable development: principles and practical implementation, eco-efficiency, industrial ecology – adaptation of environmental management systems ISO14001 and life cycle assessment ISO4040 to requirements of sustainability management. Case studies. Risk Analysis: major qualitative and quantitative methods of risk and process safety analysis, case studies.

    Project

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: To apply technical knowledge, engineering tools for process design and control and to learn to optimize the organization of the work in a project team.

    Content: An engineering project dedicated to design, modelling, control of an industrial process applied for solid, air or water treatment, or energy recovery will be realized to complete this course. Each project is carried out by a team of 3 students and supervised by a tutor.

    Language

    2 ECTS

    Objectives: To make the students able to communicate in French in the current life, for job interviews and in professional situations (meeting and working reports). To support their social, cultural and professional integration by a better knowledge of French culture. At the end of the course, students will get a French diploma (TEF, Test d’Evaluation de Français), assessing their language proficiency. For native French speakers French course is replaced by Spanish course.

    Content: Intensive trainings are scheduled periodically along the 3 academic semesters of the Master course, as well as regular classes, once a week. Students are divided into small groups, depending on their French level. Oral participation is favored. Visits and social events are also organized to give the students the opportunity to meet French people, and discover some cultural aspects of Nantes and its region.

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    Semester 3 for option C: Energy Systems and Services for Efficiency

    Thermodynamics for Energy Systems

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To gain necessary knowledge about concepts, thermodynamics cycles and technologies in order to be able to design energy production and conversion systems. Application cover heat and power generation as well as refrigeration cycles.

    Content: Steam cycle, gas turbine cycle, combined cycle for heat and power generation, nuclear power cycle,refrigeration cycle, efficiency, COP.

    Renewable

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To gain necessary knowledge about alternative energy resources and their technical implementation. To understand energy conversion and storage for renewable technologies and to evaluate the limits of their potential use.

    Content: Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal, Wind energy, Biomass resources, Geothermal, Ocean Energy.

    Energy Systems

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: To understand operation principles and design considerations of systems used for heat, mechanical and electrical energy generation or transformation. To know the technologies of heat engines, turbines, boilers and Internal Combustion Engines (ICE). To be able to perform calculation of thermophysical phenomena running in the equipment. To initiate the students with modeling of complex thermodynamic cycles involved in ICE. To understand the formation of pollutants in the ICE and their controlling techniques.

    Content: Heat Engines and Boilers: Fuels technologies, combustion, firing solutions and equipment, design and technologies of boilers, flow in nozzle, Steam and gas turbines, CHP, demonstration of basic constructions and discussion of operation terms and limits. Design and innovation in ICE: Engine design and operation parameters, modeling real engine flow and combustion processes, spray equations and spray penetration, preparation of fuel-air mixtures, chemical thermodynamics models for combustion emissions

    Energy Efficiency and Services

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: To be able to evaluate the energy demand and implement strategies of energy savings taking into account both societal and environmental features (transports, air and water management systems, interactions between the different stakeholders). To acquire the methodology skills and be able to select the best technical solution from multiscale analysis of systems, including buildings, districts, cities and industrial sites.

    Content: Energy Efficiency, Energy Demand and Strategies for EE, Application to Residential Sector, Technical and Economical analysis of energy options.

    Energy Networks

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To provide understanding of energy network issues: implementation, management, interconnection, multiscale approach, energy resources and systems compatible with networks, Networks and Energy Efficiency.

    Content: Energy Efficiency, Energy Demand and Strategies for EE, Application to Residential Sector, Technical and Economical analysis of energy options.

    Energy Modelling and Optimization

    3 ECTS

    Objectives: To be able to use relevant tools and model for energy engineering, depending on the scale studied (system, process, industrial plant, region, country…) in view of proposing the most efficient energy systems mix.

    Content: Thermodynamic tools for optimization (Pinch Method, Exergy optimization…), Thermoptim, Retscreen, LEAD.

    Energy Management

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: To examine sustainable options for energy production, supply and consumption and to enable a critical evaluation of emerging ideas and technologies. To understand the energy recovery and management techniques of production and distribution systems. To know incentives, market opportunities and requirements for improving energy efficiency in the different sectors. To know the methods of energy audit.

    Content: Energy & Environmental Auditing, Energy Management, Economics of Energy Project (Carbon markets, Energy markets), Standardization & Energy

    Project

    4 ECTS

    Objectives: To be able to gather relevant information about a given subject, To be able to provide pedagogical materials. To be able to “teach” the audience

    Content: A part of a course given by a regular lecturer is identified to become a subject for a group of 3 students (and removed from his/her course). The group has to work in strong link with the lecturer in order to prepare and present this part of the course to the rest of the class.

    Language

    2 ECTS

    Objectives: To make the students able to communicate in French in the current life, for job interviews and in professional situations (meeting and working reports). To support their social, cultural and professional integration by a better knowledge of the French culture. At the end of the course, students will get a French diploma (TEF, Test d’Evaluation de Français), assessing their language proficiency. For native French speakers French course is replaced by Spanish course

    Content: Intensive trainings are scheduled periodically along the 3 academic semesters of the Master course, as well as regular classes, once a week. Students are divided into small groups, depending on their French level. Oral participation is favored. Visits and social events are also organized to give the students the opportunity to meet French people, and discover some cultural aspects of Nantes and its region

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