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Dr. Olivier Couteau

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I am originally from France but after graduating from the Intitut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), I completed my PhD degree at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. I studied Aluminum and Magnesium based composites by means of mechanical spectroscopy. During my stay at Northwestern University as a post-doctoral fellow, I am doing research on syntactic aluminum foams, measuring the compressive creep properties and modeling my results using the finite-element method. It is expected that they will display high creep strength, as for composites, while maintaining their low density, as for foams.


Processing and high temperature properties of syntactic Al foams


M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland


Address: Materials Science & Eng
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


  1. O. Couteau, C. Charbonnier, T. Kruml, J.L.Martin, Dislocation Exhaustion during Plastic Deformation, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 653 (2001) ZZ1.7.
  2. O. Couteau, R. Schaller, Study of Thermal Stress Relaxation in Metal Matrix Composites using Mechanical Spectroscopy, Mat. Sci. Eng. A 370 (2004) 550-554.
  3. O. Couteau, R. Schaller, Effect of the Fiber Orientation on the Transient Damping in Metal Matrix Composites, Mat. Sci. Eng. A 387-389 (2004) 862-866.


  1. Swiss National Foundation for Research (SNF) fellowship for one-year stay at Northwestern University
  2. SF2M (French Society for Metallurgy and Materials) 2000 award for the best master thesis in Southeastern France



August 7, 2008