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The Applied Mechanics Department (Mec'Appli)

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Materials, Surfaces, Processes & Structure
From the heart of matter to innovative integrated technologies – to functionalize, optimize and verify materials, microsystems and structures.


The Department of Applied Mechanics is organized around its different research themes. A theme is a cluster of skills in the service of a topic chosen for its scientific position and its social and economic impacts. Themes are limited in time and can be evaluated.

The department’s facilities and equipment—in both experimental means and computing—are shared by the different technical centers, including four experimental focus areas: Materials and Structures, Microcharacterization, Shaping, and Vibrations and Acoustics, along with a Scientific Computing center.

The department’s Engineering and Transfer Cell (CIT) offers companies—especially local ones—access to its facilities and developments. International exchanges, too, are at the heart of the department’s activities through collaborative projects and frequent co-supervision of PhD theses.

Research themes

The Department of Applied Mechanics is focused on 2 broad federating focus areas: “Micromechanics: materials and processes” and “Structures: integration and functionalization”. Eleven different research themes define project boundaries within which independent and complementary themes interact.

› "Micromechanics: materials and processes": this area calls first of all upon the regional clock making traditions of Franche-Comté as well as upon the department’s history. It can also broadly identify all research projects whose aim is to push back the limits of the “small scale”: the development of precision mechanic microfabrication processes and of potentially very hard materials, the development of micrometric devices exploiting thin-film scale effects, the functionalization of surfaces by micro-texturing, etc. These activities are clearly situated at the interface between nanotechnologies (the field of the MIMENTO technology center—and the macroscopic world that forms our perception of reality. This specific position especially relies on the platform MIFHySTO, a truly federating tool that also contributes much to the department’s renown.

› "Structures: integration and functionalization": these activities are organized around the LABEX ACTION laboratory’s project “Smart skin”, giving it an “Eco” aspect which amply portrays the scientific ambitions of the different focus areas. The aims are to develop new composite materials, composed especially of vegetal fibers and biobased matrices, integrating transductor networks that confer upon the structures the capacity of self-surveillance, to adapt and interact with their environment, to collect and store ambient energy, etc. A few examples of the scientific and technological locks currently being studied: the multiscale characterization and modeling of the behavior of composite materials made from vegetal fibers, the development of components from biobased thermoplastic polymers, architecturing of the materials and structures for optimal and adaptable vibroacoustic behavior, the development of microactuator networks to generate structure-borne waves for aerial surveillance and for noise control. This research is strongly supported by LABEX ACTION which facilitates and reinforces the indispensable interdisciplinary nature of these projects.

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Contact and location

Office :
Tel : ( 33 3) 81 66 60 00 - Fax : ( 33 3) 81 66 67 00
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Addresse :
24, chemin de l'épitaphe

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