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The LMS is a Joint Research Unit (UMR) under the supervision of École Polytechnique and CNRS and also includes an INRIA research team. His research interests are in Continuum Mechanics, studied on multiple scales from a theoretical, experimental and numerical point of view. It brings together more than 80 people, researchers, teacher-researchers, engineers and technicians, students and visitors.

The general objective of the laboratory is to propose, build, analyze and validate experimentally and numerically thermodynamically consistent models to answer major scientific and technical issues, in terms of materials, structures, coupled problems, or mechanics of life.

In particular, the laboratory is a major player in the design, manufacture, calculation and reliability analysis of heterogeneous media, materials, micro- or nano-structured, thin films and nano-objects, or biological tissues. Its purpose is to study and understand at different scales the aspects of design, manufacture and long-term mechanical behavior of these objects, aspects which are more and more strongly linked.