The AAE association aims at contributing to the improvement of knowledge on the electric arc phenomena and consequently to the improvement of apparatus or industrial processings using arcs.

In the 70's, the EDF company, leader in the distribution of electricity in France, decided to support some researches by creating several "clubs" on differents topics: electrical arc, high temperature, etc...At the end of the 90's, with the sharing of energy distribution to other companies, EDF modified its activites, thus closing the majority of those clubs. The arc club was one of the last to disappear, around the 2000 years. However, the strong links established between industrial and academic partners led to the creation of the AAE Association.

This association aims to :
- improve the communication between workers on electric arcs, particularly between the academic and industrial partners.
- inform the members of the association on current researches in the world
- encourage the development of researches.

Even if the AAE was created from the french community working on electric arcs and thermal plasmas (plasmas created by arcs at atmospheric pressure), its vocation is european and is characterized by the participation of european academic partners the aMedia Library of the association, and by their investigation in european projects. On short term basis, we encourage the participation of other european researchers and industrial companies having knowledges and media in this field.

In practice, members meet thrice a year. One of those meetings lead to the visit of the "site" of a partner. During these meetings, we discuss about the association and its evolution, some scientific presentations or reports on international conferences are presented. The management of the AAE association is ensured by an administrative council and a board team. Each membership request coming from academic or industrial partner is examined during the meeting and must be validated/approuved by all members. The membership fees depend on the quality of the member, on the status of the association and on the "internal rules" of the association.

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