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Master’s Degree in Physics and Simulation in Civil Engineering - Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media

Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Anglet
English

Program description

Master’s Degree in Physics and Simulation in Civil Engineering - Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media

Understanding the mechanics, the physics and their couplings appearing in fluid-filled porous media is a key stone for solving forthcoming challenges in Energy and Environment. Indeed, porous media are ubiquitous in many natural and industrial systems of interest in various field of engineering such as: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or Food Industry, to mention only a few.

The MPPM course focuses on the Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media. It encompasses their experimental characterisation by indirect porosimetry and direct imaging, the poromechanical behaviour modelling, the transport properties estimation, the fluid-solid couplings and the properties of confined fluids in porous media.

This international master’s degree offers multidisciplinary key courses to achieve an advanced specialist level in all areas involving porous media such as geomechanics or physics of porous media. It is suited for students planning both an academic or an industrial career and provides the theoretical basis and the practical expertise required to pursue in research, in R&D structures or in companies.

The program is carried out in close collaboration with SIAME and LFCR research laboratories where numerical and experimental practical tutorial will be performed.

Students will also benefit from the global research environment and administrative support of the University Pau & Pays Adour, the E2S I-site program and the research federation IPRA.

Admission requirements

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum required score CECRL B2 level in English

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science or equivalent consistent with the track targeted. A cover letter justifying the choice of the track is also requested.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students must have a Master Degree and must be ranked in the top 20%.


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Program content

SEMESTER 1 (SEPTEMBER – JANUARY)

Statistical thermodynamics, adsorption & interfaces 6 ECTS
• Statistical Thermodynamics and Thermodynamics of adsorption
• Practical approaches of adsorption properties

Characterization of porous media by direct and indirect techniques 6 ECTS
• Gas and mercury porosimetry
• X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy
• X-ray and neutron imaging techniques

Advanced mechanics and computational modelling 6 ECTS
• Non linear behaviour of materials : Plasticity, damage
• Numerical methods for non-linear problems

Poromechanics, fracture and transport 6 ECTS
• Effective stress, poromechanics and fracture mechanics
• Permeabilities. Reactive transport

Poromechanics, fracture and transport 6 ECTS
• Effective stress and poromechanics
• Fracture mechanics

Language 3 ECTS
• French (or Spanish) as a Foreign Langage

Bibliography 3 ECTS

SEMESTER 2 (JANUARY – JULY)

Research internship 30 ECTS

Examples of internships proposed in 2018-2019 :

Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and highperformance
cement-based grouts, Hydrogen storage in innovative hybrid materials, Size effect on strength and fracture energy, Cris ISA-BTP - Anglet Anglet coast tallisation-induced damage in heterogeneous rocks - Application to haloclasty.

Tuition fees

European: 256€/year
Extra-european: 4200€/year

Qualification

This course will:

  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in coastal engineering
  • Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research
  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments

At the end of this program, the students in the Master of Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media will be able to:
• Justify a solid expertise in mechanics or physics of porous materials,
• Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data,
• Review, analyze, and interpret the body of scientific literature, contemporary issues and innovations in physics and mechanics area,
• Plan and define a research or R&D project to understand a physical phenomenon pertaining to mechanics or physics of porous media.

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Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour

Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour

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