Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering

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Christophe Desrayaud

Research fields

  • Mechanics and Development Procedures
  • Physical mechanics and Interfaces
  • Physics and Mechanics for the Metallurgy

Human resources

99 persons

  • 47 permanent staff: 22 Professors or assistants + 5 technical and administrative staff
  • 53 PhD and Post-PhD students

Expertise, skills and know-how

  • Experimental and digital simulation of direct manufacturing processes for synthetic and bio-sourced composites, powder metallurgy and multimaterials
  • Thermomechanical processing of alloys, microstructural evolutions, new alloys
  • Durability in extreme environments
  • Materials for Design and the Creative Industries

Research units

Georges Friedel Laboratory, UMR 5703, CNRS – MINES Saint-Étienne joint laboratory

Scientific Departments

MPE – Mechanics and Proceeded of Development

Contact : Julien Bruchon,

  • Direct manufacturing processes
  • Multi-materials
  • Numerical and physical modelling
  • Multi-physics coupling
  • Mechanics of solids
  • Fluids and porous media

MPI – Physical mechanics and Interfaces

Contact: Frédéric

  • Durability in severe environments
  • Stress corrosion cracking
  • Hydrogen effects
  • Surface analysis
  • Sensory properties,
  • Materials for design

PMM – Physics and Mechanics for the Metallurgy

Contact: Julien Favre,

  • Innovating alloys
  • Microstructures
  • Volume and surface thermomechanical processing
  • High-resolution analysis
  • In-situ testing


Instrumentation , Fabrication, Testing

Contact: Joël

  • Mechanical testing under environment and in-situ (SEM)
  • Thermomechanical testing
  • Visual rendering
  • Sensory analysis
  • Prototyping
  • Fabrication

Microstructure Caracterisation

Contact: Vincent

  • Scanning and transmission electron microscopy
  • High-resolution EBSD and XRD surface analysis (XPS, Auger, AFM)
  • Focused Ion Beam (EquipEx Manutech-USD)

Model Materials and Structures

Contact: Christophe

  • Cconventional and powder metallurgy
  • Model alloys
  • Microwave sintering
  • Resin injection
  • Bio-sourced structural composites
  • Organic functional nano-composites, surface treatments

Computing and Digital Simulations

Contact: Nicolas

  • Intensive parallel computing
  • Level-set methods
  • Multi-physics coupling
  • 3D microstructure meshing
  • Crystal plasticity
  • Porous media