The mechanical testing facilities of the SIMM laboratory are common to the Insitute of Materials of Paris Center to provide characterization facilities for solids and liquids. This platform is equipped with 8 rheometers, a capillary viscometer and two dynamic mechanical analyzers (DMA), four tensile testers and several prototypes unique to the laboratory.

Capillary Viscometer with automatic dilution Schott AVS360
Stress or Strain Controlled Rheometers Low-Shear 30

Carri-med CSR

TA Instruments AR1000

Haake RS600

Anton Paar MCR501

Rhéométric RFS II

Rhéométric RDA II

TA Instruments ARES

Tensile Test Machines Zwick HC25

Instron 5565

Instron 3343

MTS 810

Dynamic Mechanical Analyzers (DMA) MTS 831

TA Instruments Q800


- Analysis of Surface Fluctuations

- Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy

- Microrheology

- Tack testing in water and in air

The diversity of our equipment enables us to characterize a wide range of materials in soft matter ranging from viscoelastic fluids to very stiff polymer glasses and including polymer gels, yield stress fluids, colloidal supsensions and pastes, soft adhesives, elastomers etc..

The highly diversified activity of the mechanical platform is shared among

  • Publicly funded academic research projects
  • Industrial collaborations with large companies but also SME.
  • Academic Collaborations
  • Industrial consultancy and expert advice and labs for students


Contact : guylaine.ducouret (arobase)


Practical information

Sciences et Ingénierie de la Matière Molle

Soft Matter Enginering and Science Laboratory - UMR 7615

10 rue Vauquelin
75231 PARIS CEDEX 05

  • Chair : E. Barthel
  • Vice Chairs : J.B. d’Espinose & G. Ducouret
  • Administration : F. Decuq, M.-T. Mendy & M. Hirano-Courcot
  • Communication : A. Hakopian & M. Ciccotti
  • Information Technology : A. Hakopian
  • Safety, Health and Environment Assistant : F. Martin

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