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Experimental devices

Our teams have designed and developed an array of innovative devices to study the short- and medium-term fate of pollutants spilt in water, as well as to assess the efficiency and impact of response techniques.

Chemistry test bench

Our chemistry test bench is an original device designed to study the transfer kinetics of a substance from the water surface into the atmosphere and the aquatic environment in controlled conditions.

Burn test bench

This unique device is used to determine the burn efficiency, the composition of burn residues, as well as the possible contamination of the water column.

Clean-up test bench

The clean-up test bench is designed to test and validate clean-up techniques used to treat oiled hard substrates.

Shoreline test bench

This original system is designed to assess the efficiency of clean-up techniques on shores contaminated by oil or chemicals.

Dispersion tank

This novel system is designed to assess the stability of a plume of dispersed oil.

Floating microcosms

Placed in situ, our floating microcosms are designed to study the behaviour of floating oil or chemicals when released at sea.

Experimentation column

This novel tank is designed to study the behaviour of an oil or chemical as it rises or sinks in the water column.

Dispersion machine

This new experimental system is used to study the conditions in which subsea dispersant application is implemented on well blow-outs.


Our Polludrome® is able to recreate natural phenomena such as the wind, current and temperature in order to study the behaviour of pollutants in conditions close to those found in the natural environment.

Ecotoxicology room

This room contains all the experimental devices designed to assess the toxicity of chemicals and oils for aquatic organisms.

Experimentation tunnel

The experimentation tunnel is used to study the effects of the exposure of aquatic organisms to different types of oil or chemicals while controlling the environmental parameters.

External sites

Cedre has developed an experimental concept to assess the consequences of an oil spill on port infrastructures or rocky shores. It can also be used to conduct in situ trials on washing and anti-adhesive agents.

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