MEGA.Seminar

The MEGA.Seminar (MEchanics GAthering Seminar Series) is a weekly informal seminar series with a focus on the local Mechanics community. Our goal is to enhance interactions, facilitated exchanges, and catalyze collaborations. The speakers’ epicenter is on EPFL’s postdocs and senior graduate students.


Upcoming Events

Please find more information in MEMENTO MEGA.SEMINAR.

  • No MEGA.Seminar on Dec 13 2018 Thursday

Schedule for Fall 2018


Past Events

  • Sep 20 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423 

Propagating Instabilities in Materials 

by Stelios Kyriakides, Research Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Materials, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Sep 27 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 ME B1 B10 

Interactions of Fluid Flows and Porous Structures

Talk 1: On the stability of wake flows past porous bluff bodies
by Pier Giuseppe Ledda, EPFL STI IGM Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities (LFMI)

Talk 2: Deformation of perforated elastic sheets due to the hydrodynamic loading by a viscous fluid
by Matteo Pezzulla, EPFL STI IGM Flexible Structures Laboratory (FleXLab)

  • Oct 4 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

The Latest from LFMI – Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities

Talk 1: Transport of fibers in confined micro-channels
by Mathias Bechert, EPFL STI IGM Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities (LFMI)

Talk 2: Destabilization of a viscous liquid film below an inclined flat substrate 
by Gaëtan Lerisson, EPFL STI IGM Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities (LFMI)

  • Oct 11 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Kirigami-inspired architected materials by Ahmad Rafsanjani, ETH Zürich

  • Oct 18 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

New tools for the mechanics of biofilaments by Thomas LessinnesSMA, EPFL

  • Oct 25 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Biological and chemical activities in confined flows: the role of physical heterogeneity and segregation by Pietro de Anna, ISTE, UNIL

  • Nov 1 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Sports physics by Caroline Cohen, LadHyX, Polytechnique Paris

  • Nov 8 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Talk 1: New theory for crack-tip dislocation emission and twinning in fcc metals by Predrag Andric, LAMMM, EPFL

Talk 2: Multi-scale modeling of the austenite-martensite transformation in steels by Francesco Maresca, LAMMM, EPFL

  • Nov 15 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Talk 1: How non-normality affects turbulent trajectories by Mirko Farano, ECPS, EPFL

Talk 2: Fully nonlinear invariant solutions underlying patterns of Jupiter’s atmosphere by Ayse Yesil, ECPS, EPFL

  • Nov 22 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Talk 1: The density of interacting quasi-localised modes in amorphous solids by Wencheng Ji, PCSL, EPFL

Talk 2: How inertia can facilitate friction by Tom de Geus, PCSL, EPFL

Talk 3: Sudden failure in amorphous materials during quasistatic loading by Marko Popovic, PCSL, EPFL

  • Nov 29 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Talk 1: Interplay between geometry and growth generates bending cracks in the African bush elephant’s skin by Antonio Martins, LANE, University of Geneva

Talk 2: High fidelity and fast simulations of deformable red blood cells using a combined finite elements immersed boundary lattice Boltzmann method by Christos Kotsalos, SPC, University of Geneva

  • Dec 6 2018 Thursday 16:15 – 17:30 MED 2 2423

Talk 1: A semi-infinite hydraulic fracture driven by a shear-thinning fluid, by Fatima-Ezzahra Moukhtari, GEL, EPFL

Talk 2: Evolution of aseismic and seismic slip on a pressurized dilatant fault with frictional weakening properties, by Federico Ciardo, GEL, EPFL