ENSTA Bretagne : essais sur matériaux
© Julien Ogor, Studio Lambé / ENSTA Bretagne

Mechanical Science Research

ENSTA Bretagne’s mechanical science research activities on campus answer concrete civilian and military issues put forward by industrial companies or the DGA*.

Our mechanical science research themes are:

  • Sizing tools for adhesively-bonded assemblies
  • Dynamic behavior of materials and structures
  • Naval hydrodynamics and loading
  • Explosions and shocks in complex environments (including the marine environment)
  • Material fatigue behavior
  • Assembly lifespan: fatigue
  • Marine and thermal aging
  • Marine aging and organic materials
  • Assembly procedures (adhesives, welding)
ENSTA Bretagne : PFT Masmeca, machine de fatigue tri axiale
© Julien Ogor, Studio Lambé / ENSTA Bretagne

Exceptional test facilities

The campus boasts extensive test facilities. They aim to characterize the mechanical properties of all types of material, assemblies and structures on different scales. In 2019, a new 1600 m² building enabled the mechanical research center to expand. New experimental facilities have gradually been added.

Joint laboratories with industry

There are three joint laboratories, "Gustave Zédé", "Computational Mechanics", "CENSTA Bzh", which match ENSTA Bretagne’s mechanical science researchers to industrialists. They aim to further R&D work on specific themes and pass on technologies.

The IRDL Laboratory

These research activities are carried out within the Dupuy de Lôme Research Institute, a mixed research unit of the CNRS.

ENSTA Bretagne is the 2nd largest contributor to this laboratory which unites the teams of two universities (UBO and UBS) and two engineering schools (ENSTA Bretagne and ENIB).

The research work is led in close collaboration with industry : IRDL is the leading Breton laboratory in terms of the volume of theses associated with industry (CIFRE theses).

Carnot ARTS Institute

On 1 January 2020, the IRDL joined the Carnot ARTS Institute (Research Activities for Technology and Society). Since 2006, the Carnot ARTS Institute figures among the leading institutes  certified  Carnot by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. It aims to develop cutting edge research directly linked to the major industrial issues of the future.


Sylvain Calloch
Full Professor
Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL, UMR CNRS 6027)
+33 (0)2 98 34 87 23