Alain Molinari

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Chairs of Excellence 2011

Alain Molinari
Université Paul Verlaine, Metz    FRANCE

Allain Molinari graduated in Mathematics from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France, and earned a PhD in Sciences in 1979 from the University of Metz. Dr. Molinari teaches at the Institut Supérieur de Génie Mécanique et Productique (School of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering) in the University of Metz, France. He has also taught at the Engineering School of Paris, and has been visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California in San Diego, Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Molinari has edited various scientific reviews such as the ‘International Journal of Plasticity’ and ‘Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics’. He has organized and participated in congresses and committees throughout the world and has written over 160 articles, published in reviews and books, and presented over 170 papers at conferences and seminars. He has won various awards, such as the Spiru Haret Award of the Romania Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Lecture Award, and the Gledden Senior Fellowship from the University of Western Australia.


PROJECT: Modelling of high speed machining: multiphysics aspects of material flow and of dynamic friction. High speed machining generates severe loading conditions for the work material in terms of strain rate, strain and temperature. The goal is to analyze the viscoplastic flow instabilities which are frequently induced under these extreme loading conditions by thermomechanical coupling, thermal softening, recrystallisation and material damage. Effects of the thermomechanical characteristics of the work material on the frictional response of the tool chip interface will be also investigated. The outcome of this research is to advance the understanding of some fundamental aspects of machining processes and at last to reach the capability of optimizing these processes. Such capability is of great interest for improving the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry.

Stay Period: SEP 11 - FEB 12














Professor: Alain Molinari
Title: Dynamic failure of ductile materials
Date: 23 november 11:00h
Place: Aula de Grados del Edificio Padre Soler


  • Contact variables and thermal effects at the tool–chip interface in orthogonal cutting, A. Molinari, R. Cheriguene, H. Miguelez, Int. J. Solids Sruct., 49, 3774–3796, 2012.