Legato is #HighlyCited

In today’s afternoon mail, from “Science at Thomson Reuters <Science@info.science.thomsonreuters.biz>”
Dear Stéphane PA Bordas,

I would like to extend congratulations on being named a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher and to announce the availability of the official 2016 list.

You were selected as a Highly Cited Researcher because your work has been identified as being among the most valuable and significant in the field. Very few researchers earn this distinction – writing the greatest number of reports, officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers. In addition, these reports rank among the top 1% most cited works for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

Now that you have achieved this designation, you will always retain your Highly Cited Researcher status.

Link to highly cited webpage http://hcr.stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com/


European Materials Research Society (EMRS) Spring Meeting Best Poster Award

Congratulations to Georgios and colleagues for this prize, obtained among 2888 competitors at the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) Spring Meeting

Control of Flame Spray Pyrolysis synthesis of Li4Ti5O12: Experimental and Computational study

Link to the poster

Link to the orbi.lu page


Lithium titanate (Li4Ti5O12, LTO) is a promising anode material for the next generation of lithium ion batteries. Its physical properties and morphology (which consequently affect its electrochemical performance) highly depend on its synthesis method. Flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) is an attractive process for the controlled one-step synthesis of functional multicomponent oxides from low cost precursors. The main aim of this study is to control the growth process of LTO by FSP in order to maintain the desired particle properties. LTO nanoparticles of different sizes are synthesized by variation of the FSP processing conditions and characterized accordingly. Numerical simulations based on Population Balance Models are also implemented in order to investigate the evolution of primary and agglomerate particle growth.

Jack Hale’s paper selected for Keynote/Long Talk (45′) at FEniCS conference

Congratulations to Jack and Patrick!!


TITLE: A Bayesian inversion approach to recovering material parameters in hyperelastic solids using dolfin-adjoint
AUTHORS: Jack S. Hale, Patrick E. Farrell and Stéphane P. A. Bordas

Selected for a long talk/keynote at the FEniCS conference. Out of 50 abstracts only 25 were selected for the podium presentation. 

See also Jack Hale‘s page on Legato.  

And our page on statistical inverse problems in biomechanics.

Congratulations to Olivier Goury, awarded best PhD prize (Zienkiewicz Prize) for his thesis “Computational time savings in multiscale fracture mechanics using model order reduction “

Model order reduction by subdomains
Olivier Goury
Olivier Goury

Congratulations, Olivier, it was fantastic to have you here, and we hope that you’re fairing well at Inria with Christian Duriez.

Thank you to Dr Pierre Kerfriden for the excellent supervision provided to Olivier.

Computational time savings in multiscale fracture mechanics using model order reduction


Engineering problems are very often characterised by a large ratio between the scale of the structure and the scale at which the phenomena of interest need to be described. In fracture mechanics, the initiation and propagation of cracks is the result of localised microscopic phenomena. This local nature of fracture leads to large numerical models. Projection-based reduced order modelling is an increasingly popular technique for the fast solution of parametrised problems. However, traditional model order reduction methods are unable to reliably deal with either the initiation or the propagation of a crack or a local zone with high damage concentration. In this thesis, we look at the general problem of applying model order reduction to fracture/ damage mechanics, in the pursuit of rationalising the computational time involved in these kind of simulations. The first contribution of this thesis is the development of a reduced-order modelling for computational homogenisation, which is a general multiscale method used to take microscopic data into account when deriving an engineeringscale model. A specific strategy is used to reduce the cost of solving the representative element volume (RVE) boundary value problem traditionally formulated in this method. The second contribution was made by developing a partitioned reduced-order procedure for the case of parametrised nonlinear material deformations involving a local lack of correlation, which typically happens with fracture. The method allows to reduce the regions undergoing little non-linearities whilst computational work can be concentrated on regions of high non-linearity.

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