Fields of expertise
Micromechanics of fatigue & fracture
Experimental mechanics of composite materials
Biomechanics & biomaterials
The mission of LMAF is to establish contemporary experimental, theoretical and numerical expertise in solid mechanics, mechanics of advanced materials, fracture and fatigue, bone and dental biomechanics as well as structural reliability in order to offer the best possible quality of training (including continuing education), expand the knowledge base on these fields by basic and applied research and offer the necessary support to industry. The research at LMAF is focused on the mechanics of solids and structures with special emphases on micromechanics and fracture of composites, structural dynamics, contact mechanics and biomechanics. The research relies on a growing network of academic collaborations within Switzerland, Europe and the United States and is funded by Federal and Local Agencies. The LMAF also offers courses in fracture mechanics, composites, computational methods, as well as biomechanics. Projects, diploma thesis and Ph.D. thesis are proposed in each area of research.The LMAF has the competence and equipment necessary for the resolution of various R&D problems in industry within its area of activity. It includes activities on vibrations and modal analysis, experimental mechanics and numerical analysis of mechanical systems.
John (Ioannis) Botsis obtained his diplôme in civil engineering at the University of Patras, Greece in 1979. He continued his education at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland Ohio/USA, where he received his MS and Ph.D. in 1984. After two years at the research center for national defense in Athens he was nominated assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, associate in 1991 and full professor in 1995. In 1996, he was nominated professor of solids and structural mechanics at the EPFL.
At EPFL he teaches mechanics of structures and mechanics of continuous media´ at the bachelors level and Fracture mechanics at the masters and doctoral levels. His research covers the mechanics of solids and structures, fracture mechanics and micromechanics of polymers, metals and their composites as well as biomechanics. He is also actively involved in full-filed optical methods for surface strain measurements as well as internal strain measurements using fiber Bragg grating sensors, aimed at characterizing micromechanics of fracture, residual strains and strain distribution in composite laminates for structural monitoring. Funding for his research comes from the Swiss National Science Foundation, State Secretariat for Education and Research and Swiss industry.