Date of Birth: 2nd December 1973


  • Full Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  • Laboratoire 3S-R (Sols, Solides, Structures – Risques)
  • BP 53 38041 Grenoble, France
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  • 2007: H.D.R. (Habilitation) Mechanics. University of Nantes, France
  • 2002: Ph.D. Civil Engineering. Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France
  • 1998: M.Sc. Civil Engineering. Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan, France


  • Since Oct 2008: Full Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at Grenoble Institute of Technology / Laboratory 3S-R
  • 09/2004 – 09/2008: Assistant then Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at Ecole Centrale of Nantes / GeM Research Institute
  • 09/2003 – 09/2004: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Ecole Centrale of Nantes / GeM Research Institute
  • 09/2002 – 09/2003: Lecturer of Mechanics at University of Nantes


  • 2009: Dufour F., Pijaudier-Cabot G. and Legrain G., Measurement of crack opening in the 2D case. Comparison between experimental and numerical results. Keynote paper, 3rd US-France Symposium on Damage and Failure in Heterogeneous Materials and Structures, Univ. of Florida, April 2009.
  • 2000: Dufour F., Muhlhaus H. and Moresi L., A particle-in-cell formulation for viscoelastic materials, Guest lecture, GEOMATH, Innsbrück.

Author of about 50 scientific papers, including 15 peer-reviewed journal papers and 30 refereed publications in books, international workshops and conference. H-index = 4 for more than 120 citations. Selected Recent Publications:

  • Pijaudier-Cabot G., Dufour F., Choinska M. (2009), Permeability due to the increase of damage in concrete : from diffuse to localised damage distributions, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, In Press.
  • Krayani A., Pijaudier-Cabot G., Dufour F. (2009), Boundary effect on weight function in nonlocal damage model, Eng. Frac. Mech., In Press.
  • Dufour F., Pijaudier-Cabot G., Choinska M., Huerta A. (2008), Extraction of a crack opening from a continuous approach using regularized damage models, Computers& Concrete, Vol. 5, 4, p. 375-388.
  • Baxevanis Th., Pijaudier-Cabot G., Dufour F. (2008), Bifurcation and creep effects in a viscoelastic non-local damageable continuum, European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids, Vol. 27, 4, p. 548-563, http ://
  • Roussel N., Geiker MR., Dufour F., Thrane LN., Szabo P. (2007), Computational modeling of concrete flow : General overview, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 37, 9, p. 1298-1307, http ://
  • Baxevanis Th., Dufour F., Pijaudier-Cabot G. (2006), Interface crack propagation in porous and time-dependent materials analyzed with discrete models, International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 141, 3-4, p. 561-571, DOI 10.1007/s10704-006-9013-x.
  • O’Neill C., Moresi L., Müller D., Albert R., Dufour F. (2006), Ellipsis 3D : A particle-in-cell finite-element hybrid code for modelling mantle convection and lithospheric deformation, Computers&Geosciences, Vol. 32, 10, p. 1769-1779.
  • Dufour F., Pijaudier-Cabot G. (2005), Numerical modeling of concrete flow. Homogeneous approach, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Vol. 29, 4, p. 395-416, http ://
  • Moresi L., Dufour F., Mühlhaus H. (2003), A Lagrangian integration point finite element method for large deformation modeling of viscoelastic geomaterials, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 184, 2, p. 476-497.
  • Dufour F., Mühlhaus H., Moresi L. (2003), Texture alignment in simple shear, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2659, p. 837-844.
  • Moresi L., Dufour F., Mühlhaus H. (2002), Mantle convection with viscoelastic/brittle lithosphere : Numerical methodology and plate tectonic modeling, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 159, 10, p. 2335-2356.
  • Mühlhaus H.,Moresi L., Hobbs B., Dufour F. (2002), Large amplitude folding in finely layered viscoelastic rock structures, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 159, 10, p. 2311-2333.
  • Mühlhaus H., Dufour F., Moresi L., Hobbs B. (2002), A director theory for viscoelastic folding instabilities in multilayered rock, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 39, 13-14, p. 3675-3691.


  • In 2008: Responsible of Master programs at Centrale Nantes including two Erasmus Mundus Masters and one international program.
  • Since 2008: Member of the scientific committee of the 3S-R laboratory
  • Since 2008: Responsible of the 3rd year curricula on Hydraulics, Structures and Environment at ENSE3 of Grenoble Institute of Technolog