53rd International Congress & Exposition on Noise Control Engineering

Technical visits

General information

  • All visits are scheduled on the afternoon of Thursday August 29.
  • Travel arrangements will be made by the Organising Committee. Tours depart from LaCité Congress Center.
  • The practical details of the visits will be given later on.
  • Technical visits are free of charge for delegates.
  • Pre-registration is required (only 1 visit per participant; all visits take place at the same time) via personal account (option opening soon).
  • The list of participants will be validated by the hosting institute.

Visit #1 – Jules Verne climatic wind tunnel and PULSE laboratory (CSTB)​

Maximum number of visitors: 40 people, validation by CSTB for visitors from outside the Schengen area
Total duration of the visit: approx. 3 hours including travel

©Florence Joubert

The Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) is a public industrial and commercial institute, whose mission is to design the buildings and cities of tomorrow, by guiding and securing sustainable construction and renovation projects, and to improve users’ quality of life by anticipating the effects of climate change. To achieve these objectives, it brings together multi-disciplinary skills and focuses on five key activities: research and expertise, assessment, certification, testing and the dissemination of knowledge. Its field of expertise covers construction products, buildings and their integration into neighborhoods and cities. [source: CSTB].

Wind tunnel: The Jules Verne climatic wind tunnel, located on the CSTB site in Nantes, enables full-scale studies of construction and building components, as well as vehicles and transport equipment. All types of climatic conditions can be reproduced: snow, rain, sleet, fog, sandstorm, cyclone, heatwave, etc. [source: CSTB].

PULSE Laboratory: Colors, textures, smells, flavors and sounds: The sensory qualities of products and places contribute to the well-being and satisfaction of users. The PULSE laboratory establishes a precise scientific diagnosis of perceived sensations thanks to an innovative approach that places the user at the center of the experience. PULSE provides a detailed, objective and reproducible description of the perceived quality of products and environments. It is used at every stage of project development, from brand identity and product design to marketing and quality control. PULSE enhances the sensory impact of projects so that companies in all sectors can adapt them to their target audience.


Visit #2 – Major facilities of the Université Gustave Eiffel

Maximum number of visitors: 40 people
Total duration of the visit: approx. 3 hours including travel

The Gustave Eiffel University was created in 2020 on the basis of an innovative triple model combining a university, schools and a research center, with the aim of transforming life and cities. By pooling multiple strengths in teaching and research, we are able to create greater synergies and offer our different publics a wider range of skills. The Gustave Eiffel University trains young people, employees and citizens at all levels, and provides scientific insight to society as a whole and to public decision-makers.

Université Gustave Eiffel is committed to the theme of sustainable cities, and alone accounts for a quarter of French research in this field, helping to create a better societal and environmental future.

The visit concerns several outstanding facilities:
  • geotechnical centrifuge
  • fatigue testing machine
  • road test tracks
  • semi-anechoic chamber

Visit #3 – IRT Jules Verne

Maximum number of visitors: 40 people
Total duration of the visit: approx. 3 hours including travel

IRT Jules Verne, a collaborative industrial research center dedicated to manufacturing, is committed to boosting the competitiveness of French factories by accelerating innovation and technology transfer. By focusing on business performance, flexibility and transitions, the IRT Jules Verne offers tailor-made support to manufacturers.

In partnership with industrial and academic players, the IRT Jules Verne is developing innovative technologies in five key areas: mobility in industrial environments, manufacturing flexibility, forming and preforming processes, assembly and welding, and digital manufacturing. Thanks to its five complementary areas of technological expertise, the institute offers access to top-level skills, state-of-the-art industrial equipment and full-scale industrial demonstrators. By combining 5 complementary areas of technological expertise (Simulation, Composite and Metallic Materials Processes, Robotics-Cobotics, Process Monitoring, Inspection and Control), the IRT Jules Verne offers access to high-level skills, cutting-edge industrial equipment and full-scale industrial demonstrators, and provides 3 types of support: services, collaborative projects and technology transfer.

These areas of expertise and skills will be illustrated in concrete terms during a visit to our technology naves.