Materials Sciences and Engineering


In his/her professional life, a young engineer is soon faced with matter. He/she must be able to understand and influence options with regard to the choice of materials for a given application, taking into account processing as well as end-use properties, using both scientific investigations and engineering practice.
The “Material Sciences and Engineering” Minor seeks precisely to provide the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge. This Minor is of an essentially scientific and technical nature, while its economic dimension is subjacent in a fair number of industrial projects dealt with during the third year. The Minor is widely open to a range of technical problems involving materials as diverse as polymers, elastomers, composites, ceramics and metal alloys. In many projects emphasis is placed on mechanical engineering: micromechanics of materials, and the mechanics of processes and structures. Projects dealing minly with physics and chemistry are also encouraged.


This Minor focuses on two principal axes:
- observation and experimentation: knowing how to observe and experiment is important for any engineer seeking to integrate both the microscopic and macroscopic aspects related to materials;
- modelling in the field of material sciences (flow, damage and fracture mechanics, physico-chemical issues in materials processing, etc.).
During the second year, contact with matter – the focal point of this Minor – is provided through conducting a 2-week project within a laboratory context as early as possible.
Between the second and third years, individual student activities include an internship, known as an executive internship, frequently on an industrial site. This period, which lasts for at least three months, is usually conducted abroad during the summer. The professional network of the two Ecole des Mines laboratories working on materials is often used for organizing these internships.

The first month of the third year is devoted to materials in a particular field of industry (2004 and 2005: automotive;2006 and 2007: aircraft; 2008 and 2009: building; 2010 and 2011: production and management of energy). Factory and R&D centre visits, one-week project within an industrial team, a few conferences introduce the role of, use of and competition between materials in that field.

During the third year, each student is in charge of an industrial project. Substantial scope is devoted to modelling. Topics are chosen in such a way as to ensure that students are faced with a wide range of problems. In view of the scale of research and supervisory facilities in this field at Ecole des Mines (approximately 70 research staff members in 2 internationally well-known laboratories), the topics chosen extend to a very wide range of activities including solid-state physics (semi-conductors, etc.), production and forming processes, and the integrity and reliability of structures (fatigue, rupture, creep, corrosion, etc.).
The topics dealt with involve a variety of materials such as metals, ceramics, glass, composites and polymers. The powerful computer facilities available to the research centres involved in these fields enable those students who are particularly interested in computer science to develop the digital aspects that are often required in modelling.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Michel Bellet
Anne-Franoise Gourgues-Lorenzon
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Friday March 1 2013