Nicolas Moulin's webpage

PhD, Associate Professor


I am currently Associate Professor in Computational Mechanics at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (France) in the Mechanics and Materials Processing department (Center for Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, LGF UMR CNRS 5307).

My research focuses on modelling of coupled multiphysics phenomena applied to materials engineering, fluid/solid mechanics and process simulation. The aim of my research is the development of robust mathematical models and numerical tools (i.e. MultiScale and Stabilized finite Element Method) for modelling/understanding direct elaboration processes and the resulting structures / microstructures.

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Simulation examples

3D-simulation of the filling stage of a Liquid Resin Infusion (LRI) process with (purple) and without (green) consideration of capillary forces [doi] (Zset FE code).
Drop evolution with a contact angle of 120° (left) and 60° (right) over a plane substrate [doi] (Zset FE code)
3D spreading of a droplet on a textured surface (Zset FE code).
Fiber volume fraction (Vf) and resin pressure in fluid (distribution medium) / porous (preforms) regions during the infusion of a slice of stiffened panel [doi] (Zset FE code).

Ongoing research projects


Teachings were given from the beginning of my PhD thesis for 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year students of the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienne. Courses for 3rd year students are also for M.Sc. level. The topics of courses and tutorials deal with mechanics, computational mechanics and finite element methods.

  • Continuum Mechanics, 1st year
  • Finite Element Method, 2nd year
  • Finite Element Project supervision
  • Computational mechanics, 3rd year / M.Sc.


  • HDR (Engineering Sciences): qualification for supervising research, Université de Saint-Etienne (France), 2019
  • Ph.D. (Materials Science), Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (France), 2008
  • M.Sc. (Mechanics), Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), 2004
  • M.Eng. (Mechanical engineering), ENI Saint-Etienne (France), 2004