Photo of the cinema projector invented by the Lumiere brothers

© Dagmar Fischer

Institute field trip 2017, 09.05.2017

We started the second day with a visit to the Musée Lumière. There we learned about the Lumière brothers and their invention of cinematography. When they developed cinema (moving photography) they wanted it to be accessible to all.

Photo of a 360° picture of the Lumiere brothers

© Dagmar Fischer

During this process they developed several additional techniques of photography (360° panorama) and filmmaking (filmstrip camera).

Photo of the color photographic process patented by the Lumiere brothers in 1903, the Autochrome Lumiere

© Dagmar Fischer

In 1903 they patented a color photographic process, Autochrome Lumiere. During much of the 20th century, the Lumière company was a major manufacturer of photographic products in Europe, but the Lumière brand name disappeared after the merger with Ilford.

Photo of Dagmar Fischer and Ernst Kozeschnik looking at a 3D photo

© Aurelie Jacob

We were also able to admire 3D photos.

Photo of the Cathedral of Lyon

© Aurelie Jacob

After visiting the Musée Lumière we went to Lyon for sightseeing.

The Group during the lecture at LafargeHolcim

© Dagmar Fischer

In the afternoon we visited LafargeHolcim, the world market leader in concrete production, the first company on our tour of France. LafargeHolcim operates a research and development center near Lyon, where they look for better concrete for specific applications. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside the research center, so we can only report what we saw.

Group photo in front of LafargeHolcim

© Dagmar Fischer

We were quite impressed with the different types of concrete that can be made. We saw concrete for I-beams, concrete for facades or concrete for the thermal insulation of buildings. We've seen concrete of all colors, for floors, walls, even "green walls" so that plants can grow there. And finally, an industrial scale laboratory where the different types of concrete can be mixed and tested. All in all very impressive and mostly new for mechanical engineers and materials scientists that we are.

Photo from the train ride to Arles

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Then we took the train (unfortunately not the promised TGV) to Arles. Colleagues used the time differently, sometimes to work, sometimes to have fun.

Photo from the train ride to Arles

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Photo of Arles at night

© Ernst Kozeschnik

Arrive Arles at 10pm, Arles by night.

Photo of the amphitheater in Arles at night

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