• Bioeconomy
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Digital World and Robotics
  • Energy and Environment
  • Transport and Mobility

Laboratory of multiscale and multiphysics mechanics (LaMcube)

Research unit - UMR 9013


Our research activities focus on highly heterogeneous solid materials in complex structures subjected to extreme conditions. The research is structured around four research axes: i) material fatigue, ii) geomaterial behavior, iii) braking and frictional contacts, iv) soft tissue biomechanics. Our ambition is to create a continuum from the elaboration of materials to the description of systems under stress, taking into account the evolution of materials and structures under these stresses. To achieve this, we develop innovative experimental means representative of the conditions of use and we combine these experiments with original modelling and numerical methods often mixing several physics and several scales. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Jean-Baptiste Colliat


Bâtiment ESPRIT, Avenue Henri Poincaré
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille


Laboratory of multiscale and multiphysics mechanics


Effectif total : 112

Personnel de recherche : 39



• Experimental mechanics
• Numerical mechanics
• Geomechanics
• Tribology
• Fatigue and fracturing of materials
• Biomedical engineering
• Civil engineering
• Elaboration of complex materials
• Description of the systems under stress (plasticity micromechanism, energy balance, vibration)
• Evolution of materials and structures under stress
• Numerical modeling

Example(s) of projects

• Reduction of energy consumption by lightening structures
• Reduction of noise pollution induced by friction
• Reduction of pollutants emitted by braking systems
• Formulation and study of material properties
• Development of "model" materials for industry

Example(s) of publications

• Paul Oumaziz, Pierre Gosselet, Karin Saavedra, Nicolas Tardieu. Analysis, improvement and limits of the multiscale Latin method. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Elsevier, 2021, 384, pp.113955. 🡭
• Annie Morch, Guillaume Doucède, Pauline Lecomte-Grosbras, Mathias Brieu, Chrystèle Rubod, et al.. Pelvic organ prolapse meshes: Can they preserve the physiological behavior?. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, Elsevier, 2021, 120, pp.104569. 🡭
• Duc-Phong Nguyen, Marie-Christine Ho Ba Tho, Tien-Tuan Dao. Enhanced facial expression recognition using 3D point sets and geometric deep learning. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Springer Verlag, 2021. 🡭
• Yue Sun, Emmanuel Roubin, Jianfu Shao, Jean-Baptiste Colliat. FE modeling of concrete with strong discontinuities for 3D shear fractures and comparison with experimental results. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Elsevier, 2021, pp.107752. 🡭
• Ho-Quang Nguyen, Trieu-Nhat-Thanh Nguyen, Thinh-Quy-Duc Pham, Van-Dung Nguyen, Xuan Van Tran, et al.. Crack Propagation in the Tibia Bone within Total Knee Replacement Using the eXtended Finite Element Method. Applied Sciences, MDPI, 2021, 11 (10), pp.4435. 🡭

Discover the full list of publications here and here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

ONERA, IFSTTAR, INSA Lyon, Sorbonne Université, Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, GEMTEX, MSMP, LAMIH, CHRU Lille, ENSCL

IIT Dehli (India), IIT Kharagpur (India), KU Leuwen (Belgium), MCL-Leoben (Austria), RWTH-Aachen (Germany) , SUT-Bratislava (Slovakia), Technion (Israel), TU Braunschweig (Germany), Central University of Venezuela (Venezuela), University of Liège (Belgium), University McMaster (Canada), Université de Mons (Belgium), Université de M’Sila (Algeria), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), National University of Rosario (Argentina), Universidad Nacional de San Agustín (Peru), University of Sfax (Tunisia), West University of Timișoara (Romania), University of Wrocław (Poland), University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

MG-Valdunes (laboratoire commun SWIT’lab), DEFECTO, Teijin Aramid, Safran Aircraft Engines, Imerys graphite & carbon, Aperam, NSSM Corp., PROMAT Int., ANDRA, ENGIE-STORENGY , TOTAL, EDF, Johnson & Johnson, COVIDIEN, PSA, MICHELIN, SNCF, SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, MG-VALDUNES, FLERTEX, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal...

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Transportation / Logistics
  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Development of materials with controlled microstructures
• Multimodal microstructural analysis of materials
• Multiscale modeling
• Kinematic or thermal field measurements
• Identification by reverse registration
• Study of the behavior of materials at different scales
• Identification of stresses on the components and on the mechanical system
• Characterization of soft tissue behavior
• Modeling of anisotropic hyperelastic behavior
• Patient-specific digital simulation of care
• Development of organic matrix friction materials (mainly for braking application)
• 3D characterization of microstructures
• Characterization of the mechanisms of deformation, cracking and degradation

Training offers

• Master "Geomatériaux et Structures"
• European Master STRAINS

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.

Offres technologiques

  • CND : Intra-vaginal and/or intra-rectal MRI compatible pressure probe
    The invention consists in coupling the measurement of intra-vaginal or intra-rectal pressure under stress with dynamic MRI to observe and quantify the movement movement induced by this solicitation. Read more


LaMcube has access to a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment spread over technological platforms. These include:
• fine characterization of the microstructure and properties
• mechanical behavior under complex stress and calculations.
The inauguration of the CISIT Halle in 2015 allowed us to group together all the multi-axial mechanical and tribological testing equipment. A number of instruments have been developed in-house and are therefore original on a national scale.

See the detailed list of equipment: https://lamcube.univ-lille.fr/equipement/
List of platforms: 4Maat (www.4maat.univ-lille.fr), PIMS (www.pims.univ-lille.fr), ISIS4D (www.isis4d.univ-lille.fr)


Affiliated institutions / organisations


Doctoral schools

Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • High-performance and sustainable buildings
  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
    • Textiles, composites, materials
  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Artificial intelligence, image processing, data science
    • Digital modeling, digital twins, data visualization
  • Energy and Environment
    • Efficient and sustainable buildings (eco-construction, eco-renovation)
    • Energy efficiency and storage
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Multi-modality, flow management, infrastructure and logistics
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption
    • Robustness and reliability