Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory LSMS
We conduct cutting-edge research at the interface between Mechanics, Materials Science, and Scientific Computing. Our projects in both fundamental and applied science benefit from active collaborations with academic and industrial partners in several countries. We develop robust, physics-based numerical methods for High-Performance Computing, and share our knowledge by releasing diverse open source software (Molecular Dynamics, Discrete Dislocations, Finite Elements, Direct Multiscale Methods).
Our research activities span mechanisms from the small scale (nanostructured materials, tribology) all the way to large length scales (structural mechanics, earthquake science). An important common research theme in our group is friction and fracture. Recently, we have also become excited about bringing a fresh and modern view to traditional engineering wear models.
Please explore our website to learn more about our current research projects and our teaching activities, which include fundamental classes at the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. level, as well as challenging research projects. Whether you are an academic or industrial partner, whether you seek expertise or a collaboration, whether you are interested in mechanics of solids and structures or in numerical methods, or whether you are a student looking for research opportunities (Master, Ph.D., or Postdoctoral level): We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Professor, Director of LSMS
The latest news
EPFL researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear
Using high-performance computer simulations, EPFL researchers were able to observe how surface roughness changes when two materials rub together. Their findings, which provide insight into friction and wear mechanisms, have implications for areas ranging from engineering to the study of tectonic faults.
Congratulations to Reuben Kraft
Reuben Kraft recognized with outstanding teaching award at Penn State College of Engineering
An almost unbreakable skateboard made from fiberglass
For his Master’s project, a civil engineering student at EPFL dimensioned and then made a fiberglass skateboard. Applying digital techniques to the design process, this resulted in a product that is more solid than a traditional skateboard. It will be available for test rides at EPFL’s Vivapoly on 24 May.