MECHANICS & MATERIALS | EPF Ecole d'ingénieurs



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 durability of structures: reliability and predictive maintenance, advanced materials;
  • The durability of the human body: injuries and performance.


  • Functionalized materials: materials which give information, by their measured deformation field, to ensure their reliability of behavior and their durability.
  • Instrumented materials: materials equipped with integrated nanoscale sensors that communicate in real time and transmit information.
  • Data analysis: real-time data processing, self-adaptive operation, scalable maintenance and learning / enrichment.


  • Optimization of intelligent material integrating the analysis of mechanical stresses and mechanical fracture (Fracture Mechanics);
  • Fast tooling for the factory of the future (Rapid Tooling) and integrated design in additive manufacturing (DFAM-Design For Additive Manufacturing).

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


  • On-board sensors (measurement reliability) and vibrations;
  • Musculoskeletal modeling and movement analysis (golf): measurement reliability (gold standard vs degraded), injury prevention.

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).