Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Training School, May 21-25, 2012

Training School on "Acoustic, ultrasonic and AFM characterization of wood mechanical properties"

May 21-25, 2012 | Montpellier, France

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The training school aims to provide young scientist with fundamental knowledge on acoustic and ultrasonic characterization of wood (visco)elasticity from the macroscopic scale to the microscopic one (AFM).

This include basic lectures on the differents techniques and their application to the case of wood with a focus on specific problems encountered then like sample preparation or required experimental conditions.

This will be followed by practical sessions on the different techniques. Students can try their own sample during this session. As specific sample preparation is required, it is asked to get in touch with the local organiser for the required sample dimensions and to send the sample before the training school.

The training school is mainly geared towards PhD students, but may also be of interest for researchers with a strong background in a single discipline in order to facilitate multi-disciplinary interaction and cooperation.

The training school shall also contribute to the strengthening of the links both between the early stage researchers and with experienced scientists involved in the COST Action.

Lecturers / Topics

Acoustic methods

Loïc BRANCHERIAU (CIRAD, Montpellier, France)
Iris BRÉMAUD (EMPA, Switzerland)

basic concepts on acoustics (sensors, signal processing, elastic waves in infinite and bounded media, measurement techniques and main physical effects, beam and plate theory, internal damping assessment) and application to wood

Ultrasonic wave propagation

Thomas BADER (Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria)
wave propagation in homogeneous and heterogeneous media, wave generation and measurement techniques, anisotropic material and application to wood

Ultrasound reflectometry, microscopy and RUS

Thomas DELAUNAY (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
Didier LAUX (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
Emmanuel LE CLEZIO (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
Roberto LONGO (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
basic concept on ultrasound (vibration of parallelepipeds, reflectometry, microscopy), measurement techniques, resonnant ultrasonic spectroscopy and their applications to wood

Atomic Force Microscopy

Richard ARINERO (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
Olivier ARNOULD (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
Michel RAMONDA (Univ. of Montpellier 2, France)
M. Teresa CUBERES (Univ. of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
AFM basic principle and classical modes for topographic imaging, review of mechanical measurements possibilities and limitations in AFM; description of two specific mechanical measurement techniques: RC-AFM and UFM, and their applications to wood


Interested participants are kindly asked to send a CV and a Letter of Motivation to the Training School Office by March 30, 2012.

A maximum of 12 participants will be allowed to participate in the Training School.

Information on acceptance of application will be provided by April 13, 2012.

Participants will be asked for a moderate fee for covering costs for lunches and the get-together.

Local Organiser

undefinedOlivier ARNOULD
University of Montpellier 2
Laboratory of Mechanics and Civil Engineering (LMGC)
Tel: +33 4 67 14 96 50
Fax: +33 4 67 14 47 92

Training School Office

undefinedMartina PÖLL
Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Vienna University of Technology
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 58801 20211
Fax: +43 1 58801 920211

Training School Venue

The training school will be held at the „Institut d‘Electronique du Sud“ (IES) of the University of Montpellier 2 (France). It is close from Montpellier center (old town) or railway station and easily and quickly accessible by public transportation (tramway, bus). Montpellier is accessible by high-speed train (TGV) from Paris/Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport or by plane from the Montpellier International Airport which provides direct flights to some European destinations (Paris CDG/Orly, London Gatwick/Luton, Birmingham, Bruxelles, Francfort, Munich, ...).

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Further useful information for your stay in Montpellier can be found on the undefinedTourist Office website.


Participants are asked to make their hotel reservations on their own.

very cheap:

FUAJ youth hostel
Rue des Ecoles Laiques
Impasse Petite Corraterie
34000 Montpellier
Tel.: +33 4 67 60 32 22
Fax.: +33 4 67 60 32 30
Email: montpellier@fuaj.org
Website: http://en.fuaj.org/


Hôtel Les Fauvettes
8, rue bonnard
34070 Montpellier
Tel: +33 4 67 63 17 60
Email: lesfauvettes@gmail.com
Website: http://www.hotel-lesfauvettes.fr/

Hôtel Le Mistral
5, rue Boussairolles
34000 Montpellier
Tel: +33 4 67 58 45 25
Fax: +33 4 67 58 23 95
Email : hotel-le-mistral@wanadoo.fr
Website: http://www.hotel-le-mistral.com/

medium rate:

L’Hôtel Montpellier
6 et 8, rue Jules Ferry
34000 Montpellier
Tel: 04 99 13 33 44
Fax: 04 67 58 58 71
Email : lhotel@wanadoo.fr
Website: http://www.l-hotel-montpellier.com/en/

Hôtel des Arts
6, Boulevard Victor Hugo
34000 Montpellier
Tel : +33 4 67 58 69 20
Fax : + 33 04 67 58 85 82
Email : contact@hotel-des-arts.fr
Website: http://www.hotel-des-arts.fr/en/accueil

Hotel Acapulco
445, rue Auguste Broussonnet
34090 Montpellier
Tel: +33 4 67 54 12 21
Fax: +33 4 67 52 26 10
Email: hotel.acapulco@hotmail.fr
Website: http://www.acapulcohotel.fr/index.php?lang=en

more expensive:

Hôtel du Parc
8, rue Achille Bégé
Tel: +33 4 67 41 16 49
Fax: +33 4 67 54 10 05
Email: hotelduparcmtp@wanadoo.fr
Website: http://www.hotelduparc-montpellier.com/

Hôtel du Palais
3, rue du Palais des Guilhem
34000 Montpellier
Tel: +33(0)4 67 60 47 38
Fax: +33(0)4 67 60 40 23
Email: contact@hoteldupalais-montpellier.fr
Website: http://www.hoteldupalais-montpellier.fr/

Hôtel Les Troënes (close to the University)
17 av Emile Bertin Sans
34090 Montpellier
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 04 07 76
Email: info@hotel-les-troenes.fr
Website: http://www.hotel-les-troenes.fr/


Best Western Hôtel Le Guilhem
18, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
34000 Montpellier
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 52 90 90
Fax: +33 (0)4 67 60 67 67
Email: contact@leguilhem.com
Website: http://www.leguilhem.com/

see also the Montpellier Tourist Office website: www.ot-montpellier.fr/en/

Lunch option

It is possible to have lunch at the administrative restaurant of the University with a special rate of 8.50€/lunch for starter/(hot) course/dessert and a coffee or a drink. The local organiser recommands all participants to have lunch there all together as other restaurants around are more expensive for the same menue (and quality). If you are interested in going to that restaurant, you'll have to buy tickets (in cash), preferably during the welcoming on Monday morning (total price for the whole week = 42,50€).