ENSTA Bretagne : Modélisation

PTR2: Multi-material assemblies

The IRDL’s thematic research hub "Multi-material assemblies" seeks to develop innovative assembly processes, characterize their long-term strength in harsh environments and develop hybrid techniques.

Research areas

  • Study and optimize assembly processes, by assembling different types of material, treated with new surface preparations.
  • Perform in-core instrumentation of assemblies (FGB, QRS, CIN, etc.) and use original experimental devices.
  • Develop sizing tools for adhesively-bonded assemblies and factor in the parameters associated with the bonding processes.
  • Characterize long-term strength of assemblies in harsh environments.
  • Develop hybrid techniques (e.g. weld-bonding) for multi-material structures, to achieve high performance in terms of mechanical characteristics.


  • Assembly instrumentation
  • Characterizing the multi-physical properties of materials and the long-term behavior of bonded and welded assemblies
  • Multiscale modeling of physical phenomena during and after assembly, until failure


Assembly, Bonding, Welding, Sintering, 3D printing, multi-material

including 11 PhD students.
14 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 1 book chapter.
Figures for 2021 (ENSTA Bretagne Campus, 12/31/21)
Examples of research programs in which ENSTA Bretagne is involved:

Development of a multi-material bonded structural assembly providing ballistic protection (2018-2021; in collaboration with the PTR3).

AM2 (automotive sector)

Thermal and mechanical characterization of aluminum/steel multi-material assemblies for vehicles (Funded by Bpifrance and Stellantis)

COCOA (ThiCk BOnded. Joint under Complex LOAding)

Characterization and modeling of the behavior of thick bonded interfaces (funded by Institut Carnot ARTS, the Brittany Region and Finistère Département)

The high-elongation adhesives used as thick applied seals are currently used to serve a structural assembly purpose (e.g.: ship hull, wind turbine blade, etc.).

This requires the implementation of suitable sizing methods that can factor in the behavioral complexity of such systems. Original tools have thus been developed in the context of the collaborative project COCOA (Brittany Region/Carnot Arts) involving the LAMIH (joint research unit/UMR CNRS 8201) and CETIM. Modeling of the damage of the bonded interface is compared to the findings of cracking tests under complex loading. 

ETACSI (aeronautical sector)

Development of a technological test for validating the behavioral modeling of an adhesive subject to impact loads (funded by SAFRAN Composites - collaboration with PTR3)

DURECO (Defense sector)

Durability of bonded structural repairs (funded by AID)

NABUCCO (maritime, offshore sector)

Analytical and digital modeling of the lateral buckling of offshore pipelines (Funded by the Brittany Region)

European H2020 project RAMSSES: for more sustainable and efficient ships

13 areas of innovation have been determined for this European project that brings together 37 partners from 11 countries.

The team leads the work carried out on the durability of bonds between a composite module and a metal structure and on the setting up of a high cycle fatigue design calculation chain for steel thrusters made using additive manufacturing, with large-scale validation testing (2017-2020 with PTR 2 and 5).



David Thévenet
Associate Professor
"Multi-material assemblies" team, IRDL laboratory (UMR CNRS 6027)
+33 (0)2 98 34 88 07