CCMX Summer School

29.08.2012- 29-31 August 2012, Lausanne - Multiscale Modelling of Materials

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the different modelling techniques available to materials scientists and engineers along with the basics to create such models.


Please click here to register on-line.

New deadline for registration: Friday 10 August 2012


This summer school is open to materials scientists and engineers, from both industry and academia, in particular PhD students.

This short course can be validated with 1 ECTS credit in the Doctoral programmes of EPFL and ETH Zurich, after acceptance by the corresponding institution. In this case, full attendance and a final examination will be requested. PhD students who give oral presentations in the afternoons will be exempted from the examination. 

Students' contributions

PhD students presenting their work in an oral contribution will be dispensed of the examination in order to obtain their ECTS credit. The oral contributions will take place in the afternoons. Abstracts can be submitted until the end of June to Paolo Di Napoli.

Course Brochure

Download the course brochure here (PDF).

The brochure should be printed double sided on A4 paper, and folded together to form the 8 page brochure.


EPFL, Lausanne - Room MXF1


29 August 2012 - Atomistic Scale Modelling

09:45-10:15Welcome of participants - coffee
10:15-10:30General introductionP. Di Napoli and M. Rappaz
10:30-11:15Materials modelling from first-principles N. Marzari (EPFL)
11:15-12:00Molecular dynamicsP. Derlet (PSI)
13:30-17:00Communications (30 min each) on atomistic
Various speakers

30 August 2012 - Meso Scale Modelling

08:30-09:15Phase field modellingM. Plapp (CNRS)
09:15-10:00Phase field crystalJ. Dantzig (EPFL and UIUC)
10:30-11:15Monte Carlo and Cellular AutomataCh.-A. Gandin (CNRS)
11:15-12:00Granular modelsCh. Martin (INPG and CNRS)
13:30-17:00Communications (30 min each) on meso scale
Various speakers

31 August 2012 - Macro- and Multi-Scale Modelling

08:30-09:15Thermo-mechanics and residual stressesJ.-M. Drezet (EPFL)
09:15-10:00Multi-scale modelling of fractureB. Curtin (EPFL)
10:30-11:15Cohesive elements for the modeling of
fragmentation and continuum damage models
M.Chambart (Stucky)
J.-F. Molinari (EPFL)
11:15-12:00Multi-scale modelling of polymers flowM. Laso (Uni. Madrid)
13:30-17:00Communications (30 min each) on multi-scale
Various speakers


Please download the abstracts of the talks here (PDF)

Cost of participation

Academic participants & CCMX members 1 CHF 150.-

Industry participants (non CCMX members) 2 CHF 1000.-


Lunches and coffee breaks are included in the cost of participation.

1 Researchers from Swiss institutions, Ph.D. students (proof is required) and participants from industry involved in a CCMX project.

2 Participants from industry (not involved in a CCMX project) and from non Swiss institutions.


The on-line registration form allows you to pay your course fee directly with a credit card. If you do not pay on-line, the automatic confirmation e-mail you receive is your invoice. Please follow the instructions on this confirmation to pay your course fee.

Cancellation Conditions

If after registration, you find that you are unable to attend a course, the following cancellation rules apply:

  • Up to 10 days before the course
  • Full refund of the programme fee.
  • Within 10 days before the start of the course

  • 50% refund of the programme fee.
  • After the course has started or if a participant does not attend

  • No refund.

A participant can be substituted on the same programme session without incurring any fees. The substitute must inform Nathalie Jongen in writing by email before the course starts.


CCMX does not organise any accommodation for course participants. For students, two attractive options are:


If you have any questions, please contact Paolo Di Napoli.



B√Ętiment MX
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. + 41 21 693 46 56
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