PMMH at a glance

The PMMH laboratory includes between 70 and 80 people, including about forty permanent members who work essentially at the CNRS, ESPCI, University Paris VI and University Paris VII.

The research activities of PMMH are hydrodynamics, soft matter, chemical and physical biology, solid mechanics and statistical physics.

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Self-replicating cracks : a collaborative fracture mode in thin films

Des physiciens du PMMH viennent de mettre en évidence un nouveau mode de rupture d’un film mince déposé sur une surface. Lorsque cette couche craquèle tout en se décollant, les fissures forment des motifs particulièrement réguliers tels que spirales, (...)

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PRE Editor’s suggestion - Edge effects on water droplet condensation

Marie-Gabrielle Medici, Anne Mongruel, Laurent Royon, and Daniel Beysens, Phys. Rev. E 90, 062403 (2014). In this study we investigate the effect of geometrical or thermal discontinuities on the growth of water droplets condensing on a cooled (...)

EPJ E Highlight - Biomimetic dew harvesters

J.M. Guadarrama-Cetina, A. Mongruel, M.-G. Medici, E. Baquero, A.R. Parker, I. Milimouk-Melnytchuk, W. González-Viñas, and D. Beysens (2014), Eur. Phys. J. E 37: 109. Understanding how a desert beetle harvests water from dew could help to improve (...)

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Book : “Heat Transfers and Related Effects in Supercritical Fluids”

by : Bernard Zappoli, Daniel Beysens, Yves Garrabos

Springer, serie : Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications 108

This book investigates the unique hydrodynamics and heat transfer
problems that are encountered in the vicinity of the critical point...


Numerical Bifurcation Methods and their Application to Fluid Dynamics : Analysis beyond Simulation

H.A. Dijkstra, F.W. Wubs, A.K. Cliffe, E. Doedel, I.F. Dragomirescu, B. Eckhardt, A.Y. Gelfgat, A.L. Hazel, V. Lucarini, A.G. Salinger, E.T. Phipps, J. Sanchez-Umbria, H. Schuttelaars, L.S. Tuckerman, U. Thiele, Commun. Comput. Phys. 15, 1 (2014).



A non-local rheology for granular flows across yield conditions

M. Bouzid, M. Trulsson, P. Claudin, E. Clément and B. Andreotti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 238301 (2013).

The rheology of dense granular flows is studied numerically in a shear cell controlled at constant pressure and shear stress, confined between...


Collective motion in an active suspension of E. coli bacteria

Jeremie Gachelin, Annie Rousselet, Anke Lindner, Eric Clement, NJP, accepted 2013.

We investigate experimentally the emergence of collective motion in the bulk of an active suspension of E. coli bacteria. When increasing the concentration from a...


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Practical information

Laboratoire : 01 40 79 45 22
Directeur : Philippe Petitjeans
Administratrice : Frédérique Auger (01 40 79 45 22)
Gestionnaire : Claudette Barez (01 40 79 58 53)
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