Fall 2018

Schedule for Fall 2018


  • 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

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

Untangling the mechanics of elastic knots and not-knots by Paul Johanns & Paul GrandgeorgefleXLab, EPFL