In order to enable manufacturers to stay ahead of the curve in technology, IRT Jules Verne has set itself a goal: to stimulate fundamental research in relation to its research and development themes. In 2017, for example, IRT Jules Verne launched PERFORM, a thesis programme aimed at developing upstream research in the manufacturing field. Ultimately, this programme will strengthen the research workforce in the field of the factory of the future while helping to reinforce this theme in which the Loire Region excels.


The principle

The programme is based on a system of clusters of theses: the latter are initiated in groups within focused areas in order to achieve a significant overall impact. The themes are jointly defined each year by IRT Jules Verne and its industrial partners, and they include such topics as the mastery of single-matrix thermoplastic composite interfaces and tools for the design and roll-out of reconfigurable production lines for the 2018 academic year.


Each year, 6 new theses are launched: thus, when the regime is fully up to speed, the programme will consist of 18 theses with an annual budget of 1.3 million euros. Funding is divided between the IRT Jules Verne, manufacturers, academic institutions, Nantes Metropole and the Loire Region.



  • For manufacturers: access, in return for relatively little outlay, to the results of a series of theses focusing on themes that they themselves have defined, and the availability of a real targeted monitoring tool.
  • For academics: additional occasion to develop highly directed fundamental research and create new opportunities for collaboration with the manufacturers involved.
  • For IRT Jules Verne: preparation for the future through participation in the development of advanced research in its own key areas and take advantage of the work carried out by doctoral students.



An inside view of the PERFORM programme: seeing further and innovating


In January 2018, I joined IRT Jules Verne as a PhD student for 3 years as part of the initial phase of the PERFORM programme. My work focuses on an experimental approach to the wire and arc additive manufacturing process and the thermal-metallurgical and mechanical modelling thereof. Being a doctoral student at IRT Jules Verne provides me first and foremost with the opportunity to work on questions of real interest to industrial players in various sectors of activity. Since I am in contact with all the research areas of IRT Jules Verne, I can benefit from multidisciplinary expertise regarding my own work. In day-to-day terms, this means constantly reflecting on the progress and direction of my thesis, while feeling supported throughout, and working within a dynamic work ambiance that constantly invites you to look further ahead and innovate. This really is a terrific and rewarding challenge!


Lauriane Guilmois, PhD student at IRT Jules Verne
3M doctoral school (Test Material, Materials, Molecules), Jean Rouxel Materials Institute of Nantes (IMN), Dupuy Research Institute of Lôme (IRDL) in Lorient, under the respective direction of Pascal Paillard and Philippe Le Masson.



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