PhD Programme in Computational Mechanics and Materials

Objectives  of Computational Mechanics and Materials PhD Programme :

Research in the fields of computational and mechanical modelling of materials, thermomechanical behavior and physical and physical chemistry analysis.
Materials covered include metals; synthetic and natural polymers; food industry products; composites and nanocomposites; glass and ceramics; bio and biocompatible materials,…


Head of the PhD programme in Computational Mechanics and Materials : Prof. François Bay


Duration :

The PhD lasts three years.
In addition to their research studies, PhD students are required to select scientific courses chosen from a selection proposed by CEMEF.
They also have mandatory English lessons  (a TOEIC level of 800 is expected by the end of studies), as well as  60 hours or 6 scientific ECTS of course work to prepare them for professional life (project management, communication and career management).

Personal progress is assessed annually.

  • During the first year, two scientific courses of 30 hours or 6 ECTS must be validated. Literature review and progress reports on their work are defended orally and assessed by a jury.
  • At the end of the second year, students prepare a summary on their thesis work, which is discussed in an interview with the heads of the PhD programme.

PhD students can receive the "Science and Enterprise PhD" label from the Ecole des Mines de Paris by following 120 hours of management training.

Fields of research:

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Material Science
  • Scientific computations : high performance and parallel computing, meshing and mesh adaptation, applied mathematics, partial differential equations,…
  • Rheology (elastoplasticity, viscoplasticity, rheology of complex fluids,…)
  • Tribology
  • Parameter identification, determination of constitutive laws
  • Modelling of forming processes (cold and hot metal forming, molten polymer flow - extrusion, injection... )
  • Multiphysics couplings (heat transfer, fluid/structure, electromagnetism,…)
  • Process optimisation
  • Mechanical properties of metals and polymers.

Salary :

Annual gross salary of about 27 000 €. Some projects are within the frame of a CIFRE convention, in these cases, the Ph.D. student is directly paid by the company.

Diploma :

After  their PhD defence, students receive the diploma of "Doctor of the PSL Research University" prepared at MINES ParisTech.

Careers :

R&D in industry and academic research.

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