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CNRS Research Professor

Contact details

SIMaP-GPM2 101 Rue de la Physique BP46 38402 St Martin d'Heres cedex

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Teaching activities

Mechanics of Solids and Fluids (PHELMA 1)
Numerical Methods (PHELMA 2)
Dislocations and Irradiation Defects (Master MANUEN)

Research activities

Discrete Dislocation Dynamics
Crystal plasticity
Cavitation erosion
Fluide/structure interaction
Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

Discrete dislocation dynamics simulations: application to multiscale modelling of crystal plasticity (

Crystal sheared by Frank-Read loop mechanismThis research activity deals with multiscale modelling of crystal plasticity with a special focus on discrete dislocation simulations (DD code). In the DD code developed at SIMaP, the dislocation lines are simulated as 3D line defects embedded in an elastic continuum medium. The scale of a typical simulation box being of the order of 10 µm³, the DD code is ideally located between the atomistic simulations of molecular dynamics and the finite element methods used to treat the continuum mechanics. DD simulations are thus an interesting numerical tool to use when information from the lowest scale has to be accounted for at the continuum level.

Cavitation erosion simulations:

The objective of this activity developed in collaboration with LEGI, is to compute mass loss of materials repeatedly impacted by bubble collapses. During the past few years we have been addressing this issue in three ways.
  • (i) Inverse FEM modelling: A specimen was exposed to cavitation during a few minutes and the individual pits printed on the surface were measured. An inverse FEM analysis is then conducted in order to find the pressure loads that could generate similar pits. This gives an estimation of the flow aggressiveness.
  • (ii) CFD/FEM coupling: Computional Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element codes are coupled in order to compute the damage cumulated in the solid after the collapse of many bubbles in vicinity of the liquid/solid interface.
  • (iii) SPH simulations: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics simulations are developed in order to account in a single code for both a compressive model for the fluid part and a elasto-visco-plastic damage model for the solid part.
Pitting due to a Detached Cavity
2D Axisymmetric SPH simulation of a bubble collapse near an elasto-visco-plastic solid wall (S. Joshi 2018).


Activities / Resume

2009 - CNRS Research Professor at SIMaP-GPM2
2008 - Habilitation in Mechanics from Université Joseph Fourier
1998 - CNRS Research assistant at GPM2
1997 - Ph.D thesis from Grenoble INP
1993 - Agrégation in Mechanics from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan

Latest publications

ORCID ID Marc FIVEL   Mendeley Marc FIVEL   Research Gate Marc FIVEL   

C. Mallmann, F. Hannard, E. Ferrié, A. Simar, R. Daudin, P. Lhuissier, A. Pacureanu, M. Fivel, Unveiling the impact of the effective particles distribution on strengthening mechanisms: a multiscale characterization of Mg+Y2O3 nanocomposites, sous presse dans Materials Science and Engineering A, (2019).

M. Ylönen, J.-P. Franc, J. Miettinen, P. Saarenrinne and M. Fivel, Shedding frequency in cavitation erosion evolution tracking, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 119, pp.141-149, (2019).

S. Joshi, J.-P. Franc, G. Ghigliotti and M. Fivel, SPH modelling of a cavitation bubble collapse near an elasto-visco-plastic material, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 125, pp. 420-439, (2019).

C. Stelian, J. Muzy, S. Labor, M. Fivel, H. Cabane and T. Duffar, Numerical analysis of thermal stress in semi-transparent oxide crystals grown by Czochralski and EFG methods, Crystal Research and Technology, 1800219, (2018).

M. Ylönen, P. Saarebinne, J. Miettinen, J.-P. Franc and M. Fivel, Cavitation resistance assessment and comparison of three Francis turbine runner materials, Materials Performance and Characterization, 7(5), pp. 11007-1126, (2018).

Hyung-Jun Chang, Marc C. Fivel and Jean-Loup Strudel, Micromechanics of primary creep in Ni base superalloys, International Journal of Plasticity, 108, pp. 21-39, (2018).

M.C. Fivel, & J.P. Franc, Cavitation Erosion in ASM Handbook, Volume 18: Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology,  pp. 290–301, (2018).

C. Mallmann, A. Simar, E. Ferrié, M. Fivel and E.T. Lilleodden, Influence of Y2O3 nanoparticles on the twinning of single crystalline magnesium, Scripta Materialia, 138, pp. 79-82, (2017).

S. Gao, M. Fivel, A. Ma et A. Hartmaier,
3D discrete dislocation dynamics study of creep behavior in Ni-base single crystal superalloys by a combined dislocation climb and diffusion model, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 102, pp. 209-223, (2017).

B. Amin-Ahmadi, D. Connétable, M. Fivel, D. Tanguy, R. Delmelle, S. Turner, L. Malet, S. Godet, T. Pardoen, J. Proost, D. Schryvers, H. Idrissi, Dislocation/hydrogen interaction mechanisms in hybrided nanocrystalline palladium film, Acta Materialia, 111, pp.253-261, (2016).

C. Robertson, G.V. Prasad Reddy, C. Déprés and M. Fivel, Effect of grain disorientation on early fatigue crack propagation in FCC polycrystals: dislocation dynamics simulations and corresponding experimental validation, The Indian Institute of Metals, 69(2), pp. 477-481, (2016).

H.J. Chang, N. Cordero, C. Déprés, M. Fivel and S. Forest, Micromorphic crystal plasticity versus discrete dislocation dynamics analysis of multilayer pile-up hardening in a narrow channel, Archive of Applied Mechanics, 86(1), pp. 21-38, (2016).

S.C. Roy, J.-P. Franc and M. Fivel, Determination of cavitation load spectra – Part 2: Dynamic finite element approach, Wear, 344-345, pp. 120-129, (2015).

S.C. Roy, J.-P. Franc, C. Pellone and  M. Fivel, Determination of cavitation load spectra – Part 1: Static finite element approach, Wear, 344-345, pp.110-119, (2015).

S.C Roy, J.-P. Franc and M. Fivel, Cavitation erosion: Using the target material as a pressure sensor, Journal of Applied Physics, 118(16), 164905, (2015).

T. Deplancke, O. Lame, J.-Y. Cavaille, M. Fivel, J.-P. Franc and M. Rondet, Outstanding cavitation erosion resistance of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) coatings, Wear , 328-329, pp.301-308, (2015).

M. Fivel, J.-P. Franc and S.C. Roy, Towards numerical prediction of cavitation erosion, Interface Focus, 5(5), 20150013, (2015).

S. Gao, M. Fivel, A. Ma and A. Hartmaier, Influence of misfit stresses on dislocation glide in single crystal superalloys: A three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics study, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 76, pp. 276,290 (2015).

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Date of update July 22, 2019

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