Fundamental research in the field of hydraulics falls within the broader themes of the territory planning and the control of natural hazards for the well-being and the safety of populations. The main themes are flood control and sudden events such as dam or dike breaks. Flood waves are studied both in their hydrodynamic and sedimentary aspects.
The research objective of the Applied Mechanics Division is the theoretical prediction of the behaviour of solids and fluids, with the help of new mathematical modeling and computer simulation techniques. Applications concern environmental flow, new materials and their forming processes. The main research topics are :