MIcrostructure, Mécanique, EXpérimentation


The pole "MIcrostructure, Mechanics and EXperimentation" (MIMEX) is positioned on all types of materials :

1) Metals and metal alloys,
2) Polymers and composites with polymer matrices,
3) Ceramics and refractories.

The identification of the mechanisms of deformation, damage and rupture requires the collaboration of microstructural observation techniques, at different scales. For example, for composite materials, from the scale of a subsystem (a few tens of centimeters) to the scale of mono-filaments of a few micrometers in diameter. The relevance of the physical parameters to be taken into account, for each class of material, is based on a systematic study of the size of the experimental volume of interest as well as stochastic data in this volume. A permanent interaction is established between the experimentation and the modeling at the scale of the continuous medium since the conception of the tests until the structural computation, the aim being to target dedicated tests in agreement with the industrial and scientific problematic posed. The MIMEX cluster thus implements multi-scale experimentation and modeling linking the local approach (at the microstructure level) and the global approach (at the macroscopic scale). Integration into the (micro) structure calculation tools is done in cooperation with the Center's numericians (SIMS) and laboratories of other institutions.





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The analysis of the mechanisms of the physical phenomena involved requires the intensive use of microstructural observations at different scales and their quantitative description in order to introduce the relevant physical parameters into the proposed approach in experimental and theoretical mechanics. The microstructural evolution during a thermomechanical loading (during the implementation or during the service) is put forward. It allows :

1) the development of new materials,
2) the study of phase changes,
3) the analysis of aging phenomena during service (oxidation, damage, etc.)




Focusing on the evolution of the microstructure during thermomechanical loading, the experiment develops on the constitution of database at the scale of the microstructure. The implementation of in situ tests in tomography / laminography has made it possible to access the mechanisms of volume deformation. Depending on the problem addressed, the MIMEX group offers and designs two types of mechanical tests.

On the one hand, simple tests usable in an analytical way by optimizing the geometry of the test specimens and the instrumentation for an implementation at our industrial partners in order to improve an experimental methodology.

On the other hand, complex mechanical tests with advanced instrumentation and modeling, simulating a real load (aircraft engine cycle of a turbine blade) on an industrial structure. These tests can be done under a controlled environment (air, atmosphere, humidity, etc.) or even in a severe environment such as stress corrosion, in close collaboration with partners equipped for specific tests.





In interaction with the study of the evolution of the microstructure and the experimental mechanics, the pole implements the theories based on the mechanics of the continuous media, the homogenization, the mechanics of the damage and the mechanics of the rupture. The fine modeling of the physical phenomena is thus declined on two scales :

1) the global approach based on macroscopic observables dedicated to industrial parts in service,
2) the local approach supported by mechanisms at the microstructure level.

The latter brings the pole to perform microstructure calculations conducive to exchanges with materials developers. A strong interaction is made with the SIMS group to implement on the finite element code of the Center (Z-set) laws of behavior at various scales, coupled or not (post-treatment) with the damage.




The approach developed within the MIMEX group is based on the highlighting and observation of physical phenomena on the basis of which models are developed. These models are then validated on laboratory specimens, before being used to optimize the behavior of new materials for the processors and predict the life of industrial components for the operators. The expertise of physical mechanisms is aimed at all types of materials (metal alloys, polymers, polymer matrix composites, ceramics and refractories) and at all stages of the "life" of these materials.

The understanding of physical phenomena results from a strong coupling between, on the one hand, conventional mechanical characterization means (monotonic mechanical stress, fatigue, creep), in controlled environment (-196 °C to +2000 °C), or by the development of specific means (very low-load vacuum dilatometry, tensile-torsion machine, real-time determination of residual austenite, Gleeble), and secondly, the use of structural observation techniques (light and electron microscopy, EBSD, FIB, tomography / laminography). In order to better reproduce certain conditions encountered in service, a test platform up to 25 m/s with temperature setting (- 130 °C to + 300 °C) allows the study of the behavior and the rupture under fast solicitations.




Latest publications

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K.N. Cundiff, Yazid Madi, A.A. Benzerga. Photo-oxidation of semicrystalline polymers: Damage nucleation versus growth Polymer, Elsevier, 2020, 188, pp.122090. ⟨10.1016/j.polymer.2019.122090⟩

Ashok Rajpurohit, Sébastien Joannès, Vicky Singery, Philippe Sanial, Lucien Laiarinandrasana. Hybrid Effect in In-Plane Loading of Carbon/Glass Fibre Based Inter- and Intraply Hybrid Composites Journal of Composites Science, MDPI, 2020, 4 (1), pp.6. ⟨10.3390/jcs4010006⟩

Miles B. Rubin, S Forest. Analysis of material instability of a smooth elastic-inelastic transition model International Journal of Solids and Structures, Elsevier, In press, ⟨10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2020.01.023⟩

Agathe Fanost, Alice Gimat, Laurence de Viguerie, Pauline Martinetto, Anne-Claire Giot, Martin Clémancey, Geneviève Blondin, Fabrice Gaslain, Helen Glanville, Philippe Walter, Guillaume Mériguet, Anne-Laure Rollet, Maguy Jaber. Revisiting the identification of commercial and historical green earth pigments Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Elsevier, 2020, 584, pp.124035. ⟨10.1016/j.colsurfa.2019.124035⟩

Basava Akula, Julien Vignollet, Vladislav Yastrebov. MorteX method for contact along real and embedded surfaces: coupling X-FEM with the Mortar method Preprint, 2019

Raju Basava, Julien Vignollet, Vladislav Yastrebov. Stabilized MorteX method for mesh tying along embedded interfaces Preprint, 2019

Y. Madi, J.-M. Garcia, H. Proudhon, Y. Shinohara, L. Helfen, J. Besson, Thilo Morgeneyer. On the Origin of the Anisotropic Damage of X100 Line Pipe Steel: Part I—In Situ Synchrotron Tomography Experiments Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, Springer, 2019, ⟨10.1007/s40192-019-00165-0⟩

Yazid Madi, J.-M. Garcia, H. Proudhon, Y. Shinohara, L. Helfen, J. Besson, T. Morgeneyer. On the Origin of the Anisotropic Damage of X100 Line Pipe Steel: Part I—In Situ Synchrotron Tomography Experiments Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, Springer, 2019, 8 (4), pp.570-596. ⟨10.1007/s40192-019-00165-0⟩

Ronan Thieurmel, Jacques Besson, Édouard Pouillier, Aurore Parrot, Antoine Ambard, Anne-Françoise Gourgues-Lorenzon. Contribution to the understanding of brittle fracture conditions of zirconium alloy fuel cladding tubes during LOCA transient Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2019, 527, pp.151815. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.151815⟩

Ravi Raj Purohit Purushottam Raj Purohit, Abhinav Arya, Girish Bojjawar, Maxime Pelerin, Steven van Petegem, Henry Proudhon, Soham Mukherjee, Céline Gérard, Loïc Signor, Cristian Mocuta, Nicola Casati, Satyam Suwas, Atul Chokshi, Ludovic Thilly. Revealing the role of microstructure architecture on strength and ductility of Ni microwires by in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2019, 9 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-018-36472-3⟩


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