Courses & Schedule

The program is organized in 2 independant semesters. Semester 1 (Sept. - Jan.) is dedicated to the courses. Semester 2 (Febr. - July) consists of an internship.

Semester 1 (30 ECTS)

Fluid Structure Interactions (4 ECTS)

Stéphane Bourgeois (LMA, resp.), Matthieu Minguez (Technip FMC)

This course is shared with the MEng in Mechanical Engineering of Centrale Marseille. It offers an overview of the fundamentals and applications of fluid-structure interactions:

  • General classification – Equations & non-dimensional parameters
  • Aeroelasticity – galloping, flutter & divergence
  • Applications in ocean engineering (M. Minguez – Genesis O&G)
  • Slosh dynamics – tank sloshing – experiment with ECM's hexapode
  • Coupled waves in pipes (water hammer & biomechanics applications)
  • FSI in nuclear engineering (G. Ricciardi – CEA Cadarache)

Complex & Heterogeneous Materials (4 ECTS)

Maxime Nicolas (IUSTI, resp.), Umberto D'Ortona (M2P2), Mihail Garajeu (LMA)

Complex and heterogeneous materials are ubiquitous (e.g., powders and grains in the agribusiness, colloids in cosmetics, biological fluids and tissues, foams, gels and suspensions in food products, CO2 storage, erosion...). This course provides the knowledge and methods necessary to understand and model these complex fluids and solids.

  • Rheology of complex fluids (incl. multiphase flows)
  • Interfacial and capillary phenomena
  • Porous and granular media
  • Beyond Hookean solids

Workshop Numerical Modeling (4 ECTS)

Steven Rendon (LAM), Jérémie Labasse

After a hands-on course on numerical modeling, students choose a project, tutored by a researcher expert on the topic. Through this practical experience, they learn to design a model, choose the suitable numerical tools, and develop a critical viewpoint on their results.

Trends in Mechanics (4 ECTS)

Denis Martinand (M2P2, resp.), Michael Le Bars (IRPHÉ), Benjamin Favier (IRPHÉ)

The goal of this advanced course is to give an introduction to current research in mechanical sciences. We expect an active participation of students in the lab life through tutored seminars organized by the students, a journal club to exchange ideas and develop a critical approach, and a workshop to develop the skills of oral and written scientific communication.

  • Advanced course on a hot topic
  • Tutored seminars
  • Workshop "Scientific Communication"
  • Journal club

Machine Learning Systems for Mechanics (4 ECTS)

Christophe Eloy (IRPHÉ, resp.), Stefania Sarno (INMED)

This course introduces the basic principles of machine learning and their applications to the design of machine learning systems. Lectures will be combined with hands-on programming sessions so that students can learn how to apply machine learning technology to address mechanical engineering problems.

  • Supervised learning algorithms
  • Unsupervised learning algorithms
  • Neural networks
  • Deep learning
  • Deep reinforcement learning

Bio-Inspired Engineering (4 ECTS - Elective)

Yoël Forterre (IUSTI, resp.), Stéphane Viollet (ISM), Joël Marthelot (IUSTI), Christophe Eloy (IRPHÉ)

The aim of this course is to study biological processes with an engineering/physics perspective to develop new bio-inspired strategies. It consists of 4 short lectures and 1 R&D project.

  • Swimming and fish-like locomotion
  • Bio-inspired morphing of soft solids with mechanical instabilities
  • Bio-inspired sensors, the case of insect eyes
  • Moving without muscle: lesson from plant's

Capillarity & Mixing (4 ECTS - Elective)

Emmanuel Villermaux (IRPHÉ, resp.), Henri Lhuissier (IUSTI)

This course discusses the physics of capillary phenomena and mixing processes. It addresses fundamental principles and practical aspects, using a mechanism-rooted description illustrated with many laboratory experiments from ongoing research.

  • How surface tension shapes liquids ?
  • How irreversibility occurs as a consequence of molecular diffusion ?
  • How these effects prescribe the scales, similarities or self-organization of phenomena encountered from molecular to planetary scales ?

Professional Project (3 ECTS)

Support towards professional insertion.

Foreign Language (3 ECTS)

French or English.

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)

Research internship in a lab or in a company (5 to 6 months), including a written report and an oral defense. Students are encouraged to do an internship abroad. If needed, we can provide help through our network of collaborators in prestigious labs (Harvard, Cambridge, Melbourne, Berkeley, etc.).