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COLIN Catherine

Catherine Colin
Professor Toulouse INP/ENSEEIHT
Researcher at IMFT
Interfaces Group
Tel : +33 6 34 32 28 25


  • 1987 : Engineer E.N.S.E.E.I.H.T. – Department of Fluid mechanics.
  • 1990 : PhD Thesis of I.N.P.T. speciality : Fluid mechanics at the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse
  • 1991 : Researcher at CNRS
  • 2000 : HDR Habilitation to supervise PhD student research
  • 2002 - Professor at Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse – Fluid Mechanics Department at ENSEEIHT.


At the Fluid Mechanics, Energetics and Environment department of ENSEEIHT : courses at Batchelor and Master levels in fluid mechanics, Solid mechanics, two-phase Flows, Thermodynamics, Boiling and condensation - Supervision of pratical training of students


• Two-phase gas-liquid flows : turbulence and phase distribution, coalescence and break-up
• Pool and flow boiling in normal and microgravity conditions : experiments in microgravity conditions (parabolic flights, sounding rocket, ISS)
• Bubble dynamics : vaporization, growth, detachment, coalescence, break-up
• Study of rapid transient boiling.

Research supervision and coordination

  • 2007-2016 : Co-Head of the Doctoral School : Mechanics, Energetics, Civil Engineering and Process of the University of Toulouse - 380 PhD Students
  • 2013-2017 Head of the Interface Group of Institute of Fluid Mechanics Toulouse (12 researchers and Professors, 5 post-docs, 20 PhD Students + 10 Master students per year)
  • 2002-2011 : responsible of a french network supported by CNRS on two-phase flows systems for cooling electronic devices (GDR TES and SYREDI).
  • 2012-2018 Coordinator of the MAP programme MANBO (Multiscale ANalysis of BOiling) from the European Space Agency
  • 2016 : Vice President of the Institut National Polytechnique of Toulouse in charge of Research and Innovation (13 laboratories – 700 researchers)

Editorial board

• Associated Editor of International Journal of Multiphase Flows, Elsevier since 2018 (
• Associated Editor for Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Elsevier from 2010 to 2018 (
• Associated Editor for Mécanique et Industrie, EDP Sciences , 2005-2018
• Member of the Editorial board of Multiphase Science and Technology 2008-2019

Scientific supervision
18 PhD supervised (already defended) + 3 (in progress)- 13 post-docs

Publications : Author ID : 57197938153

Book Chapters


  • COLIN C. & GOYEAU B., Chapitre 6 : Approche multi-échelle et phénomènes de transport en changement de Phase, Les changements de phase solide-liquide-vapeur Tome 1 I. Fondements et applications, Editions du CNRS, ISBN : 978-2-271-07735-6, 2016
  • COLIN C., NARCY M., Experimental study and Modelling of Flow Boiling in Tube in Normal and Microgravity Conditions, Chapter 3, Encyclopedia of two-phase heat transfer and Flow IV, edt. World Scientific, 2018, ISBN 978-981-3234-45-1 (Vol 4)
  • BONJOUR J., COLIN C., REVELLIN R., Chapitre 3 : Ebullition, Les changements de phase solide-liquide-vapeur Tome 2 : Vaporisation, condensation, fusion, solidification, Editions du CNRS, ISBN : 978-2-271-07735-6, 2016

List of recent selected publications

COLIN C., FABRE J. KAMP A., Turbulent bubbly flow in a pipe under gravity and microgravity conditions, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 711, pp. 469-515, 2012

NARCY M., DE MALMAZET E. COLIN C., Flow boiling in tube under normal gravity and microgravity conditions, International Journal of Multiphase Flows, 60, pp 50-63, 2014.

VISENTINI R., COLIN C., RUYER P., Experimental investigation of heat transfer in transient boiling, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 55 pp 95–105, 2014

TANGUY S., SAGAN M., LALANNE B., COUDERC F., COLIN C., Benchmarks and numerical methods for the simulation of boiling flows, Journal of Computational Physics 264, 1–22, 2014.

NDONGO FOKOUA G., GABILLET C., AUBERT A. COLIN C., Effect of bubble’s arrangement on the viscous torque in bubbly Taylor Couette flow, Phys. of Fluids 27, 034105, 2015.

NARCY M., COLIN C., Two-phase pipe flow in microgravity with and without phase change : recent progress and future prospects, Interfacial Phenomena and Heat Transfer, 3 (1) : 1–17, 2015.

AVILOV M., AARON A., AMROUSSIA A., BERGEZ W., BOEHLERT C., BURGESS T, CARROLL A.., COLIN C. , DURANTEL F., FERRANTE P. , FOURMEAU T., A, VAN GRAVES,, GRYGIEL C., KRAMER J., MITTIG W., MONNET I. , PATEL H., PELLEMOINE F., RONNINGEN R., SCHEIN M., Thermal, mechanical and fluid flow aspects of the high power beam dump for FRIB, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B (2016) .

VAN RUYMBEKE, B., MURAI, Y., TASAKA, Y., OISHI, Y., GABILLET, C., COLIN, C., LATRACHE, N., ‘ Spatio-temporal characterization of spiral and toroidal regimes in bubbly Couette-Taylor Flow’, Journal of Visualization, 2016, DOI 10.1007/s12650-016-0391-5

KOSTOGLOU M., KARAPANTSIOS T.D., COLIN C., KANNENGIESER O., Analysis of bubble growth on a hot plate during decompression in microgravity, International Journal of Thermal Sciences 106, 102-111, 2016

BAUDIN N., COLIN C., RUYER P., SEBILLEAU J., Turbulent flow and transient convection in a semi-annular duct, International Journal of Thermal Sciences 108, 40-51, 2016.

COLIN C., KANNENGIESER O., BERGEZ W., LEBON M., SEBILLEAU J., SAGAN M., TANGUY S., Nucleate Pool Boiling in microgravity : recent progress and future prospects, Comptes Rendus Mécanique, 345, 21-34, 2017.

FAU S., BERGEZ W., COLIN C., Transition between nucleate and film boiling in rapid transient heating, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 83, pp 118-128, 2017.

HUBER G., TANGUY S., SAGAN M., COLIN C., Direct numerical simulation of nucleate pool boiling at large microscopic contact angle and moderate Jakob number, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 113, 662-682, 2017.

URBANO A., TANGUY S. HUBER G. COLIN C., Direct numerical simulation of nucleate boiling in micro-layer regime, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 123 1128–1137, 2018.

LEBON M., SEBILLEAU J., COLIN C., Dynamics of growth and detachment of an isolated bubble on an inclined surface, Physical Review Fluids 3, 073602, 2018.

POPESCU E., TANGUY S., COLIN C., On the influence of liquid/vapor phase change onto the Nusselt number of a laminar superheated or sub cooled vapor flow, Int. j. Thermal Science, 140. 397-412, 2019 ISSN 1290-0729.

SCHEIFF V., BAUDIN N., RUYER P., SEBILLEAU J., COLIN C., Transient flow boiling in a semi-annular duct : from the Onset of Nucleate Boiling to the Fully Developed Nucleate Boiling, IJHMT, 2019.

URBANO A., TANGUY S., COLIN C., Direct numerical simulation of nucleate boiling in zero gravity conditions, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 143, 118521, 2019.