Understanding the mechanics, the physics and their couplings appearing in fluid-filled porous media is a keystone for solving forthcoming challenges in Energy and Environment. Indeed, porous media are ubiquitous in many natural and industrial systems of interest in the 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 master is fully taught in English. The 1st semester consists in the acquisition of fundamentals in adsorption, characterization of porous media, advanced mechanics and poromechanics. Lectures are completed with numerical and experimental practical tutorials for which LFCR and SIAME research lab facilities and equipment are opened to the students. The 2nd semester consists in a 6 months research internship in the aforementioned fields. The students may join our academic or industrial research projects or perform their internship in our industrial partners R&D centers or in other research laboratories.
- Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in (geo)mechanics or physics of porous media
- Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research,
- Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments.
Student Learning Outcomes
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.
Prospects for employment or further study
Sectors: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, material engineering, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering.
Fields: Research and R&D structures
Positions: PhD student and R&D Engineer
Detailed program facts
Deadline: Applications for 2019-2020 admission opened from November 2018 to April 2019.
Program intensity: Full-time / Duration: 1 year / Credits: 60 ECTS
Languages: Fully taught in English
Delivery mode: On Campus at STEE College and ISABTP on the French Basque Coast (Anglet, France).
Head of the Master Program: Pr. David Grégoire
Head of the MPPM course: Dr. Christelle Miqueu
Location: College of Sciences and Technology for Energy and Environment at ISA BTP Engineering School in the French Basque coast area (Anglet, France).
More information : https://formation.univ-pau.fr/m-mppm
International Welcome Desk : http://univ-pau.fr/en/welcome-desk
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.
Admission requirements: Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.
Semester 1 (September – July)
|Statistical thermodynamics, adsorption & interfaces
This course aims at providing students with basic skills on the thermodynamics of inhomogeneous systems, fundamentals and practical approaches of adsorption:
- Statistical Thermodynamics
- Thermodynamics of adsorption and inhomogeneous systems
- Practical approaches of adsorption properties
|Characterization of porous media by direct and indirect techniques
This course aims at providing students with characterization techniques of micro- to macroporous materials:
Characterization of textural properties of porous media by indirect techniques
- Determination of specific surface area.
- Pore size distribution determination for micro- and mesoporous materials.
- Macropore size distribution measurement.
Characterization of porous media by direct techniques and imaging
- X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy
- X-ray and neutron imaging techniques
- Image processing and analysis (data acquisition, reconstruction, segmentation and optimal parameter selection)
|Advanced mechanics and computational modelling
This course aims at providing students with theoretical and practical skills to understand and perform nonlinear computations:
- Nonlinear behaviour of materials: Plasticity, damage
- Numerical methods for nonlinear problems
- Case study on a Finite Element Program (Cast3M)
|Poromechanics, fracture and transport
This course aims at providing students with basic concepts of poromechanics, fracture and transport:
- Effective stress and poromechanics
- Fracture mechanics
- Intrinsic, apparent and relative permeabilities
- Reactive transport
||French as a Foreign Language or, for the native French speaker, English or Spanish
Semester 2 (January – July)
From January to July (6 months).
Example of research internship topics proposed in 2018-2019:
- Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and high-performance cement-based grouts
- Hydrogen storage in innovative hybrid materials
- Measuring the fracture energy of rocks from scratch tests
- Crystallization-induced damage in heterogeneous rocks - Application to haloclasty
- Size effect on strength and fracture energy
- Adsorption-induced deformation in natural nanoporous coals and gas mixture transport couplings
Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and high-performance cement-based grouts
Elvis obtained 2nd Class Honors (Upper division) for his bachelor in Geological Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Elvis is beneficiary of an E2S “Talent’s academy” grant.
Size effect on strenght and fracture energy
After a bachelor in Geotechnical Engineering, Alireza has obtained a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in the University of Tehran.
Alireza is beneficiary of an E2S “Talent’s academy” grant.
Crystallization-induced damage in heterogeneous rocks - Application to haloclasty
Victor obtained 2nd Class Honors for its bachelor in Physics at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He cofounded the Smiling Kids Foundation Ghana.