Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory LSMS

Simulation-based engineering science is becoming an ever more exciting discipline for scientific discovery. It is our belief that scientific computing and computational thinking are reaching a turning point in history, and that this third pillar of science will unleash the creativity of engineers and scientists alike.

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.


Jean-François Molinari
Professor, Director of LSMS