Etienne Flavigny is an engineer from the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures (1968) and holds a doctorate from the Université de Grenoble. His teaching activities at the Université de Grenoble have focused on the disciplines of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Soil Mechanics / Geotechnics. He participated in and directed the Institut universitaire professionnel de Génie Civil in its creation. Another component concerns continuing training activities by developing sessions on calculation by the "finite element method" in geotechnics, on laboratory or in-situ tests in collaboration with the École des Ponts et Chaussées' continuing training. Other sessions also focused on Geotechnics in Earthquake Engineering. The research topics discussed at the laboratoire 3S-R by E. Flavigny focused on the experimental behaviour of soils on different stress paths: liquefaction, creep, swelling, or cyclic stress. This work has often been carried out in conjunction with industrial partners.

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