Founded in 2005, the Laboratory for Multiscale Mechanics (LM2) within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, brings together three professors specialized in additive manufacturing (Daniel Therriault), multiscale mechanics (Martin Lévesque) and slender-structure mechanics (Frédérick Gosselin). The research conducted at LM2 mainly deals with metals, polymers, polymer composites, nanocomposites, and living matter. It covers manufacturing, service performance, fluid-structure interactions and mechanical instabilities. LM2’s highly qualified student personnel are trained in high-risk, high-payoff fundamental research and industrial research with numerous small and medium-sized businesses, as well as with local and international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the fields of aerospace and energy. Research generated makes use of theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches, and often combines all three.
LM2 comprises equipment and facilities related to design, processing, manufacturing and characterization of nano-, micro-, and macrosystems including, but not limited to, multiple commercial 3D printers, dispensing robots, as well as mixing equipment (e.g., micro-extruder, 3-roll mill mixer), optical microscopes, and several tensile machines. The LM2 currently consists of approximately 40 permanent members (professors, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, PhD and Masters students, and technicians, as well as many international interns from all over the world (China, Australia, Ireland, France).