Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering
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The Institute of Mechanics, Materials, and Civil Engineering (iMMC) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) with four ERC grants awarded in 2016 and 2017, a panoply of successful spin off companies such as eX-Stream, Axinesis, Polyflow and WaPT and several world-recognized scientists, is a leading international center for research in engineering. Its core strengths span several of the major engineering disciplines encompassing energy, thermodynamics, chemical and environmental engineering, materials and processes, structural engineering, geomechanics, manufacturing, fluid mechanic Overview

iMMC News

International Award Jacques Verdeyen 2014-2018 awarded to Benoît Pardoen


Dr. ir. Benoît Pardoen received the "International Award Jacques Verdeyen 2014-2018" for his PHD thesis "Hydro-mechanical analysis of the fracturing induced by the excavation of nuclear waste repository galleries using shear banding" , (2015, ULg).

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The NCTAM award granted to Jérémy Chevalier


Jérémy Chevalier received the NCTAM award with his PhD thesis entitled "Micromechanics of an epoxy matrix for fiber reinforced composites : experiments and physics-based modelling".

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High-resolution contrast-enhanced microCT reveals the true three-dimensional morphology of the murine placenta


This paper describes an innovative 3D imaging technique that allows, non-invasively, to visualize biological tissues, to characterize their 3D microstructure and to analyse spatial relationships between tissues. We call this technique "virtual 3D histology". The imaging methodology (stains, imaging protocol, image analysis) has been developed by the research group of Prof. G. Kerckhofs (UCLouvain, iMMC).

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Greener hydrogen


Hydrogen could play a key role in decarbonising the chemical industry and storing green electricity. But there is still some way to go to improve sector capacities and lower production costs. A new electrode design involved in water electrolysis could help.

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Will hydrogen finally establish itself in the energy transition?


Prof. Joris Proost (UCLouvain-iMMC), Belgium's representative for the 'hydrogen' theme within the IEA, contributed to the first report on hydrogen at released at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth.

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July 8, 2019

Pile driving models within the framework of a nondimensional analysis


PhD Thesis by Karl Henry Victor

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June 24, 2019

Accurate and efficient treatment of solid boundaries for the Vortex Particle-Mesh method


PhD Thesis by Thomas Gillis

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May 20, 2019

Multi-scale modeling and design of a structured catalytic reactor for bi-reforming of methane


PhD Thesis by Florent Minette

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May 20, 2019

Thinking about the future of our institute


The iMMC Board proposed to pursue the thinking initiated in 2018 about our organisation (involving the aspects of personal development but also much more in terms of decision making, autonomy, etc) through a one-day activity for all members of the Institute...

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May 8, 2019

" Le défi structure" 2019


Concevoir, dimensionner et construire une ossature tridimensionnelle en bois

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May 8, 2019

La 5ème édition des Conférences Internationales de la Chimie Verte et des Biotechnologies Blanches


5th Edition of The International Conferences Green Chemistry - White Biotechnology on (BIO-)Polymers and Ecocircularity: From Challenges to Opportunities

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April 26, 2019

On the process, structure, property relationship for the optimization of strength and bendability of martensitic stainless steels


PhD Thesis by Alvise Miotti Bettanini

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April 25, 2019

Méthode de Petrov-Galerkin conforme pour problèmes d'advection-diffusion à haut nombre de Péclet


PhD Thesis by Brieux Delsaute

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Seminars


The institute organizes a series of seminars about several themes :

  • Energy, thermodynamics, and chemical engineering
  • Mechatronics and biomechanics
  • Processing, materials, assembly, and structures
  • Fluid mechanics, environmental engineering, and geomechanics
  • Numerical and computational methods

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