Workshop on Upscaling for Strategic Materials

Montpellier, 2-4 September 2019

For the first time, two international research networks M2UN and GeoMech organize a joint workshop with the goal of identifying and proposing future directions of research in the field of multiscale modelling for important and strategic classes of materials such as cement, concrete, soil, steel and ceramics. This coordinated initiative aims at promoting a shift of paradigm that enables progress at the interface of physics and engineering for a large variety of critical problems that are at the core of current societal, environmental and economic concerns in connection with durability and sustainability in construction, transportation, energy and waste management. The two networks (GdRI or Groupement de Recherche International) operate under the auspices of CNRS. The idea behind the GdRI Multi-scale Materials Under the Nanoscope (M2UN) and GdRI Multi-Physics and Multi-scale Couplings in Geo-environmental Mechanics  (GeoMech) is structuring the physics, chemistry, mechanics and materials science communities on a common ground for developing an integrated approach (combining simulations and experiments) for the prediction of texture properties and time evolution of complex multi-scale materials in close connection with engineering applications.   

We expect contributions on all aspects related to modeling and experimental approaches for porous materials, nanomaterials, granular materials, soft mechanics, flow and creep, confined fluids, multiscale mechanics, transport in nanopores, instabilities and hydromechanical coupling. The workshop is all plenary with 6 keynote lectures and contributed talks. A focus session will be devoted to discussion on the current engineering challenges and cross-disciplinary concepts and solutions.

Keynote speakers: 

Jean-Louis Barrat, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Multiscale modeling of plastic flow in disordered materials

Bernard Cambou, École centrale de Lyon, France

Upscaling approach for granular materials

Eric Ferrage, CNRS, France

Upscaling strategies for the analysis water diffusion in clay porous media

Walter Kob, Université de Montpellier, France 

Fracture of amorphous materials: Insight from Computer simulations

Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France

On the importance and usefulness of size effects on elasticity and fracture in quasi-brittle materials

Jianfu Shao, Université de Lille, France

Some recent results on multiscale modeling of nonlinear behavior of geomaterials

Abstract submission

There is NO registration fee and the organization covers lunches, coffee breaks and the conference cocktail. The organization can cover two-nights hotel rooms on first come first served basis. For registration and abstract submission, please visit the workshop website

Organizing committee

Katerina  Ioannidou (CNRS, Montpellier and MIT)

Olivier Millet (University of La Rochelle)

François Nicot (IRSTEA)

Farhang Radjai (CNRS, Montpellier)

Pierre Levitz (CNRS, Paris)

Roland Pellenq (MIT and CNRS)

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