LSU, University of Lorraine Continue Research Partnership

December 4, 2018

Two research professors shaking handsBATON ROUGE, LA – LSU and the University of Lorraine in France recently signed a memorandum of understanding to extend their relationship for the next five years. More specifically, the MOU extends the joint research between LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair and Boyd Professor George Z. Voyiadjis and UL Professor Alexis Rusinek on high-impact loadings on structures.

“This collaboration started in 2009; one of my students from LSU travelled to UL to conduct high-impact experiments at [the National Engineering School of Metz, now a department at UL],” Voyiadjis said. “This was followed by a number of joint journal papers and conferences between us. During Professor Rusinek’s last visits, a new lab at LSU was initiated allowing the study of the behavior of materials at high-impact loads. This new lab is MATEX, or Materials Under Extreme Loading Laboratory.”

The pair are also organizing a workshop for April 2019 in Cyprus, which will cover the experimental, theoretical, and numerical aspects of the mechanical behavior of solids at high strain rates. In the last several years, a consortium of Universities and Research Centers—including the University Carlos III of Madrid, the National Engineering School of Metz, the Polytechnic University of Poznan, and the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw—have organized an annual international workshop devoted to the behavior of materials. LSU is now part of this consortium.

In addition, LSU and UL are part of the ITHACA Project, a joint scientific project related to additive manufacturing between LSU, UL, Derby University in England, and IPPT from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The project, which recently received $100,000 from the Polish National Academic Exchange Agency, will be implemented from December 2018 to November 30, 2020, and the results obtained will be presented at joint seminars and conferences, including the Fourth International Conference in Damage Mechanics to be held in Baton Rouge in May 2020.

Over the course of the project, researchers will exchange findings, visit each other’s institutions, hold seminars, and jointly publish academic articles on the topic, thereby opening up new avenues of scientific collaboration between LSU and its European counterparts.

The main researchers involved are Voyiadjis, Rusinek, IPPT Professor Zbigniew Kowalewski, IPPT Professor Tomasz Libura, and Derby Professor Paul Wood.


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