LTDS - Laboratory of Tribology and Systems Dynamics



Fabrice THOUVEREZ, Director.

Academic Establishments

  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon
  • CNRS
  • École nationale d’ingénieurs de Saint-Étienne (ENISE)

Research Focus

  • Tribology (study of friction, wear and tear, lubrication, adhesion)
  • Structures and Systems Dynamics (vibration control and system stability of mechanical systems)
  • Materials and Processes Mechanics (behaviour of materials and living tissues in relation with their microstructure, numerical mechanics of surfaces)
  • Geomaterials - Geoenvironment (calculations of structures and works, floor mechanics)

The total number of staff is 300 with a combined budget of 13 million Euros.

Main Experimental Facilities

  • Original Tribometer Devices
  • Rotating Machine Mechanics
  • Contact Fatigue
  • High Performance Processes
  • Bio-Engineering of Living Tissues
  • Analysis Techniques of Surfaces and Materials
  • Microscopes, simulators, vibration test benches

Fields of Application

  • Air and Land Transport
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Mechanics, Materials, Civil Engineering
  • Oil Industry
  • Energy
  • Cosmetology
  • Textiles
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences


Écully, Saint-Étienne, Vaux-en-Velin.

Member of

  • Institut Carnot Ingenierie@Lyon
  • Competitive Clusters: AXELERA, Techtera, Mov’eo, Plastipolis, Viameca, Lyon Urban Truck and Bus…
  • 3 "Laboratories of Excellence" (LABEX)
    • CeLyA: acoustics
    • IMUST - Institute for Multiscale Sciences and Technologies
    • Project SISE-MANUTECH
  • 3 "Equipments of Excellence" (EQUIPEX) with 2 managed by LTDS
    • IVTV: Engineering and aging of living tissues (managed by LTDS)
    • PHARE (managed by LTDS)
    • MANUTECH-USD: Manufacture of technologies (managed by ENISE)
  • International Associated Laboratory « ELyTLab » with the University of Tohoku (Japan)