Created in 1962, the Laboratoire de Mécanique Appliquée Raymond Chaléat has been one of the five departments of FEMTO-ST since January 1st, 2004. currently, it comprises about 115 employees among which 40 researchers or teacher-researchers, 25 engineers, technicians and administrative staff and about 50 doctoral students. Its activities focus on several specialities in solids and materials mechanics. These expertise fields cover various themes, from material behaviour analysis to the elaboration of complex mechanical systems. Activities are distributed amongst 4 research groups:
- Structural dynamics and acoustics
- Mechanical properties of materials
- Materials modelling and processing
- Biomechanics and mechanisms
The department collaborates with various universities around the world:
Jiaotong-Chengdu (China), Prague and Liberec (Czech Republic), Uberlandia (Brazil), Debrecen (Hungary), Cracovie (Poland), Lausanne and Berne (Switzerland), Liège (Belgium), Alicante and Oviedo (Spain), Ivanovo (Russia), Carthage and Nabeul (Tunisia), Konk-Kuk and Séoul (Korea), Florence and Pavie (Italy), Chlef (Algeria), Kanpur (India), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sherbrooke (Canada), Atlanta (USA), Technion (Israel)…
It has also been developing various partnerships
With industry: EDF, ALSTOM, PCI, PSA, RENAULT, SNECMA, TURBOMECA, THALES, SAGEM, TEMEX, AIR LIQUIDE, THOMSON, ALSDTOM, FAURECIA, EADS, FORD, AUGE, LOOK, POLAR.
With important organisms: CEA, DGA, ONERA, CNES, IFP, IFREMER…
With sports federations: cycling and skiing
The department is also quite an influential actor in many projects, national and European networks: STORHY, MAFESMA, VIBES, OPTIMAT, SUPERSONIQUE, PGV, SMARTER, STRESSNET, SCULPTOR, AMERICO, HYTRAIN, RNTL, INTERREG…
The department has an important implication in initial formations because it is multiple and effective for all levels in the Licence-Master-Doctorate system. Its staff enroles as well in the professional first university degree and the Master of Mechanics and Engineering as in professional degrees.
It also trains engineering students of the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et de Microtechniques” (ENSMM) and also students coming from the “Institut Supérieur d’Ingénieurs de Franche Comté” (ISIFC) specialized in biomedical instrumentation and techniques.
Several international conferences were organized by the department:
1999 : NUMISHEET (Sheet metal forming)
2005 : IDDRG (deep drawing)
2007 : Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Applications
2007 : IFTOMM (Mechanism and Machine Science)
The department is at the origin of two start-ups:
- SILMACH (2003), mechanical micro-actuators on silicon
- ODESIM (2002) digital simulation in Mechanics.
From 2002 until 2005, the department seconded 43 theses and 6 habilitation degrees. Its research works led to 143 publications in national and international magazines with reading committee, to 312 national and international conferences with conference papers of which 31 were invitated, and 40 congresses without conference papers. It coordinated or participated in the publication of 11 scientific books.
The annual budget (salaries excluded) during the period 2003-2006 reached about 1.1 M€ amongst which 850 k€ from own resources.