Audrey Favache
Post-doctoral researcher
Dr. at UCL in 2009

Main project: BIODEC, STOCC
Funding: FEDER
Supervisor(s): Thomas Pardoen

obtained a PhD degree in the domain of process control in 2009 at Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), after having graduated there as chemical engineer in 2005. Since then, she is working as a "senior" researcher on several applied research projects in collaboration with the industry in the domain of mechanics of materials. More particularly, she is interested in the link between the mechanical properties of the individual components of a complex system and the global mechanical response of this system. She applied this approach to the framework of tribology and contact mechanics for understanding the scratch resistance of coatings and multilayered systems. Her work covers both experimental aspects and finite element simulations.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Processing and characterisation of materials
Solid mechanics

energy storage
finite elements
fracture mechanics
thin films

Research group(s): IMAP
Collaborations: Alain Jonas, Karine Glinel


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Li, Y.; Morgan, T.W.; Terentyev, D.; Ryelandt, Sophie; Favache, Audrey; Wang, S.; Wirtz, M.; Hoefnagels, J.P.M.; van Dommelen, J.A.W.; De Temmerman, G.; Verbeken, K.; Geers, M.G.D. Three mechanisms of hydrogen-induced dislocation pinning in tungsten. In: Nuclear Fusion, Vol. 60, no.8, p. 086015 (2020). doi:10.1088/1741-4326/ab98a4.

2. Favache, Audrey; Daniel, Alain; Teillet, Aline; Pardoen, Thomas. Performance indices and selection of thin hard coatings on soft substrates for indentation and scratch resistance. In: Materials and Design, Vol. 176, p. 107827 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2019.107827.

3. Lumbeeck, Gunnar; Idrissi, Hosni; Amin-Ahmadi, Behnam; Favache, Audrey; Delmelle, Renaud; Samaee, Vahid; Proost, Joris; Pardoen, Thomas; Schryvers, Dominique. Effect of hydriding induced defects on the small-scale plasticity mechanisms in nanocrystalline palladium thin films. In: Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 124, no.22, p. 225105 (2018). doi:; 10.1063/1.5055274.

4. van der Rest, Astrid; Idrissi, Hosni; Henry, Frédéric; Favache, Audrey; Schryvers, Dominique; Proost, Joris; Raskin, Jean-Pierre; Van Overmeere, Quentin; Pardoen, Thomas. Mechanical behavior of ultrathin sputter deposited porous amorphous Al2O3 films. In: Acta Materialia, Vol. 125, p. 27-37 (2017). doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2016.11.037.

5. Sacre, Charles-Henry; Lani, F.; Guaino, Ph.; Libralesso, L.; Favache, Audrey; Pardoen, Thomas. Effect of polymer interlayer on scratch resistance of hard film: Experiments and finite element modeling. In: Wear, Vol. 378-379, p. 136-144 (2017). doi:10.1016/j.wear.2017.02.033.

6. Favache, Audrey; Ryelandt, Sophie; Melchior, Maxime; Zeb, Gul; Carbonnelle, Pierre; Raskin, Jean-Pierre; Pardoen, Thomas. A generic “micro-Stoney” method for the measurement of internal stress and elastic modulus of ultrathin films. In: Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 87, no.1, p. 015002 (2016). doi:10.1063/1.4939912.

7. Terentyev, D.; Bakaeva, A.; Pardoen, Thomas; Favache, Audrey; Zhurkin, E.E. Surface hardening induced by high flux plasma in tungsten revealed by nano-indentation. In: Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 476, p. 1-4 (2016). doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2016.04.007.

8. Favache, Audrey; Sacre, Charles-Henry; Coulombier, Michaël; Libralesso, Laure; Guaino, Philippe; Raskin, Jean-Pierre; Bailly, Christian; Nysten, Bernard; Pardoen, Thomas. Fracture mechanics based analysis of the scratch resistance of thin brittle coatings on a soft interlayer. In: Wear, Vol. 330-331, p. 461-468 (2015). doi:10.1016/j.wear.2015.01.081.

9. Debehets, Jolien; Tacq, Jeroen; Favache, Audrey; Jacques, Pascal; Seo, Jin Won; Verlinden, Bert; Seefeldt, Marc. Analysis of the variation in nanohardness of pearlitic steel: Influence of the interplay between ferrite crystal orientation and cementite morphology. In: Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructures and Processing, Vol. 616, p. 99-106 (2014). doi:10.1016/j.msea.2014.08.019.

10. Favache, Audrey; Libralesso, Laure; Jacques, Pascal; Raskin, Jean-Pierre; Bailly, Christian; Nysten, Bernard; Pardoen, Thomas. Fracture toughness measurement of ultra-thin hard films deposited on a polymer. In: Thin Solid Films, Vol. 550, no. 1, p. 464-471 (janvier 2014). doi:10.1016/j.tsf.2013.10.052.

Conference Papers

1. Leyssens, Lisa; Ryelandt, Sophie; Favache, Audrey; Kerckhofs, Greet. Nanoindentation of biological tissues: opportunities and challenges for the bone-tendon interface. 2019 xxx.

2. Li Yu; Ryelandt, Sophie; Favache, Audrey. Hydrogen-induced pinning of dislocations in tungsten probed by spherical nanoindentation. 2019 xxx.

3. Hilhorst, Antoine; Bille, Pierre; Favache, Audrey; Jacques, Pascal. High-throughput Experimental Design of High-Entropy Alloys. 2019 xxx.

4. Leyssens, Lisa; Ryelandt, Sophie; Favache, Audrey; Kerckhofs, Greet. Advanced characterization of the 3D morphology and the mechanical properties of the enthesis: optimization study. 2019 xxx.

5. Leyssens, Lisa; Ryelandt, Sophie; Favache, Audrey; Kerckhofs, Greet. Nanoindentation of biological tissues: opportunities and challenges for the bone-tendon interface. 2018 xxx.

6. Ryelandt, Sophie; Dompierre, B.; Favache, Audrey; Simar, Aude. Méthodologie d'identification du comportement élasto-viscoplastique de matériaux par nanoindentation. In: Indentation 2016, 2016 xxx.

7. Coulombier, Michaël; Favache, Audrey; Idrissi, Hosni; Lemoine, Guerric; Tuyaerts, Romain; van der Rest, Astrid; Hammad, Mohamed; Ureña Begara, Fernando; Pardoen, Thomas; Raskin, Jean-Pierre. Lab on-chip for testing thin film materials: extraction of mechanical properties at the nanometer scale. In: Belgian Physical Society Meeting, 2016, paper #62 xxx.

8. Sacré, Charles-Henri; Lani, Fred; Guaino, L; Libralesso, A; Favache, Audrey; Pardoen, Thomas. Modélisation des mécanismes de rayure dans des films durs sur sous-couche compliante. 2016 xxx.

9. Ryelandt, Sophie; Favache, Audrey; Dompierre, Benoit; François, Arnaud; Simar, Aude. Mechanical properties of AuGe die-attach solder for electronic applications. 2015 xxx.

10. van der Rest, Astrid; Henry, Frédéric; Favache, Audrey; Proost, Joris; Van Overmeere, Quentin; Pardoen, Thomas. Mechanical behavior of ultrathin aluminum oxide films: Influence of open or closed porosity. In: Book of abstracts, 2015 xxx.


1. Favache, Audrey. Thermodynamics and process control, prom. : Dochain, Denis ; Maschke, Bernhard, 01/09/2009.