Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering

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

October 3, 2019

Crystal plasticity modelling of thermomechanical fatigue in ITER relevant tungsten

PhD Thesis by Aleksandr Zinovev

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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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September 6, 2019

Palier à aimant permanent utilisé pour la compensation de charge axiale du rotor

PhD Thesis by Maxence Van Beneden

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September 4, 2019

Optimisation conjointe de la dynamique et de la conception mécanique de véhicules routiers au travers d’une stratégie basée sur l’approche multi-corps

PhD Thesis by Aubain Verlé

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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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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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