Jean-François Molinari

GC A2 474 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

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GC A2 474 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

PH A2 364 (Bâtiment PH)
Station 3
CH-1015 Lausanne

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Teaching & PhD


Civil Engineering

PhD Programs

Doctoral Program in Mechanics

Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Continuum mechanics (for GC)

This class addresses Continuum Mechanics, which is fundamental component of the civil engineering curriculum. It covers the concepts of deformation, stress, general principles, equilibrium equations, and constitutive laws.

Numerical modelling of solids and structures

Solids and structures numerical modeling is addressed through the finite-element method. Purely analytic aspects are first presented, before describing numerical interpolation, integration and resolution of solid mechanics problems by using various finite element types.

Continuum mechanics and applications

This course covers the fundamentals of continuum mechanics theory at the level of the graduate level and provide modern examples of applications in mechanics of fluids, solids and structures. It is adequate for students with a background in civil engineering, mechanical or material

Composites design and innovation

The course offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in the characterization of fiber reinforced polymer and manufacturing/production methods for composite structures. The material is presented by lectures and visits to the laboratory. This is mainly a project based - hands on course

Selected topics in mechanics of solids and structures

The class covers the fundamentals of wave dynamics and fracture mechanics. The aim is to deepen their knowledge in advanced topis in mechanics of solids and structures and discuss current research topics. Case studies on catastrophic failure will be presented and discussed in class.

Advances in Contact Mechanics

This reading class will meet every Friday afternoon to discuss the book of Christopher Scholz (one chapter every two weeks). Class discussions will emphasize a mechanistic understanding of geophysical phenomena, with in depth discussions of fracture mechanics, and friction/wear processes.

Fundamentals of Fracture with Fundamental Papers

The principles of fracture mechanics, from the energy balance approach of Griffith through modern computational approaches, will be introduced using key papers. Phase-field modeling and atomistic processes in fracture, as well as experimental developments, will complement theory.