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The objectives of this program are to provide students with a deeper understanding of materials science & engineering and solid mechanics fundamentals and to impart a better knowledge of recent developments in the field, for advanced industrial applications and innovative processes.

Most industrial systems (aircrafts, engines, trains, power-plants etc…) involve a wide variety of materials (metals and alloys, polymers and composites, ceramics etc…). Therefore robust and generic approaches are required to model, to simulate and to characterize the mechanical behaviour of materials under complex loading conditions.

New designs and technologies often stem from the introduction of advanced materials or innovative processes. The triptych process-material-product has always been optimized year after year, but in a more or less haphazardly way.

Aircraft engine CFM56, FAN blades, TA6V titanium alloy.

Aircraft engine CFM56, FAN blades, TA6V titanium alloy.

Nowadays, efficient and robust scientific methods have emerged and led to the development of tailored materials and processes for a given industrial application. It is very likely that the development of composites material opened the way to the formalization of the relationships between processing, structures, properties and performances of materials. However, that thought process has now been generalized to a wide variety of materials and is at the heart of the “mechanics of materials”.

Tailored materials for crash or impact applications : nida, aluminium foams, pile up of nickel spheres.

Tailored materials for crash or impact applications : nida, aluminium foams, pile up of nickel spheres.

 


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