Established in 2007, the MECHANICS & MATERIALS research axis develops methods and tools for the design of sustainable materials and mechanical structures. 

The MECHANICS & MATERIALS research axis deals with:

  • The analysis of materials and structures in the presence of geometrical singularities, and additive manufacturing;
  • Biomechanics.


  • Development of crack initiation and propagation criteria, trajectory and crack stability;
  • Joint use of finite element simulation;
  • Relationships between microstructures and properties.


  • Optimization of smart material integrating the analysis of the undergone mechanical stresses. Fracture mechanics ;
  • Rapid tooling for the factory of the future ;
  • Design For Additive Manufacturing (DFAM).

 J. Gardan et al., Fracture improvement by reinforcing the structure of ABS parts manufactured by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM - 3D Printing), 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal, 2018


  • Biomechanical study of the performance with outdoor embedded measurement;
  • Sportsmanship study and signal processing;
  • Characterization of the equipment and the environment of the athletes.

T. Provot et al., Validation of a High Sampling Rate Inertial Measurement Unit for Acceleration During Running, Sensors, 17(9): 1958, 2017.


With its level of excellence, the MECHANICS & MATERIALS axis conducts research with private partners such as TOTAL, ENGIE, BUREAU VERITAS, Nippon Steel and Cryospace. The MECHANICS & MATERIALS axis also collaborates with the Department of Physics of the University of Calabria and the South University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT, additive manufacturing).