Bifurcation Analysis in Slender Elastic Structures


I am a researcher working for a better understanding of the mechanics of slender elastic structures such as rods, plates or shells. This includes many practical problems from the dynamics of large rotating machinery to the nonlinear vibration of electromechanical systems at the nano-scale, or more fundamental ones such as the relation between geometry and elasticity in thin structures, or the stability of periodic states in time or space.

My approach is to develop efficient numerical tools, often side by side with well controlled model experiments in order to gain physical insights in the bifurcations of stationary states of these structures when subjected to various mechanical and geometrical constraints. My goal is then to communicate and implement these findings towards innovation in structural mechanics across scales and scientific communities.


6/15/2015: The book, "Extremely Deformable Structures" from the International Center for Mechanical Sciences (CISM), is published by Springer.
Extremely Deformable Structures cover
1/13/2015: Our paper on "Soft actuation of structured cylinders through auxetic behavior" is published in Advanced Engineering Materials. [html,pdf]
2/14/2014: Our paper, "Shapes of a suspended curly hair", is published in Phys. Rev. Lett. [html,pdf], selected for cover issue and an Editor’s suggestion.
Curly hairs PRL cover
9/1/2013: I have been appointed an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.
7/14/2013: Our paper, "Localization of deformation in thin shells under indentation", is published in Soft Matter [html,pdf] and selected to appear on the outside back cover of the issue.
S-cones back cover
6/1/2013: Our paper, "Continuation of equilibria and stability of slender elastic rods using an asymptotic numerical method", is published in J. Mech. Phys. Solids. [html,pdf]
10/5/2012: Our paper on shells, "Geometry-induced rigidity in non-spherical pressurized elastic shells" is published in Phys. Rev. Lett. [html,pdf], selected for cover issue, for an Editor’s suggestion and a Focus story in Physics.
Eggshell PRL cover