Gasmems Network



GAS Flows in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems

Gas flows in microsystems are of great importance for various applications that touch almost every industrial field (e.g. fluidic microactuators for active control of aerodynamic flows, vacuum generators for extracting biological samples, mass flow and temperature micro-sensors, pressure gauges, micro heat-exchangers for the cooling of electronic components or for chemical applications). The main characteristic of gas microflows is their rarefaction, which for device design often requires modelling and simulation both by continuous and molecular approaches. The role played by the interaction between the gas and the solid device surfaces becomes essential and it is generally not well understood. Numerous models of boundary conditions have been proposed but they often require an empirical adjustment strongly dependent on the micro manufacturing technique.


GASMEMS ( is an Initial Training Network (ITN) financed by the 7th Framework programme (FP7) of the European Commission (Marie Curie Actions). It is a network of 13 participants and 6 associated partners from all over the European Community who provide fundamental and applied research in the fields of dynamics of gas micro flows and of microstructure design and manufacturing as well as applications in lab and industry.



The two primary objectives of this ITN project are:

• to structure research in Europe in the field of micro gas flows to improve global fundamental knowledge and enable technological applications to an industrial and commercial level;

• to train 15 PhD (ESR) and 5 post-doctoral (ER) researchers at a pan-European level, with the aim to providing both a global overview on problems linked to gas flow and heat transfer in microsystems, and advanced skills in specific domains of this research field.


The GASMEMS project started on the 1st October, 2008 and finished on 30 September, 2012.



 Structure of the Network




GASMEMS Closing meeting- Sept. 6-7, 2012- INSA Toulouse

GASMEMS Closing meeting

INSA Toulouse, September 6-7, 2012



The closing meeting of the GASMEMS ITN took place on September 6-7, at INSA Toulouse.


The two-day meeting has been the occasion to discuss about:

- Scientific and Training outcomes of the project 

- Administrative and financial closing of the project

- Reporting schedule to the REA

- Continuation of the GASMEMS collaborations


  • More information on agenda and localization here



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