Many sectors are following the trend of using new materials.
In order to make use of composites or light alloys, it is necessary to understand both their behavior and their interaction with the structures in which they are used. This understanding is also useful to materials manufacturers and can impact manufacturing processes.
The Advanced Modeling of Materials and Structures program offers students a fascinating field of study and research drawing on the work of teams at Institut de Recherche Dupuy-de-Lôme (IRDL), whose applied research is carried out in close collaboration with large industrial firms.
A multiplicity of applications
Steel, composites and elastomers have diverse applications in the automotive, medical, naval, aerospace, defense, construction and clothing industries.
Gaining an understanding of their structure, behavior (especially during forming and annealing), aging process and reaction to damage is a necessary first step before their utilization.
Cutting-edge applied research
ENSTA Bretagne's Mechanical Science department research professors working in the IRDL lab have developed high-speed characterization techniques for fatigue properties in materials, assemblies and structures. These techniques have been validated by multiscale experimentation and allow manufacturing partners to predict and efficiently verify the lifespan of mechanical systems.
ENSTA Bretagne contributes to numerous innovative projects such as FASTLITE. Financed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency's Investments for the Future program, this project focuses on the use of lighter materials in the automotive industry. ENSTA Bretagne contributed to the characterization and modeling of assembly strength.
Extensive experimental facilities
The ENSTA Bretagne campus comprises 1,200 m2 of experimental facilities where various types of materials, structures and assemblies can be characterized on a wide range of scales. The MASMECA technology platform is constantly growing.
- Learn more about the Advanced Modeling of Materials and Structures major offered in our "diplôme d'ingénieur" program (equivalent to an MSc in Engineering): a 3-year syllabus for BSc or equivalent graduates, or a 2-year program for 1st-year Master's graduates
Research on materials and structures is the core scientific focus at IRDL, which brings together mechanical science research teams from CNRS and 4 Breton establishments. French industrial firms in diverse sectors rely on the skills and knowledge of this lab and ENSTA Bretagne to achieve success in their R&D initiatives.
- Material behavior and durability
- Multi-material assemblies
MASMECA's 5 technical facilities comprise a wide range of testing equipment for dynamic, thermo-mechanical and physicochemical characterization.