Vincent Legat
Professor of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

Louvain School of Engineering
Université catholique de Louvain

E-mail: vincent(dot)legat(at)uclouvain(dot)be

  Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil engineering
  Head of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics Division

  Avenue Georges Lemaître, 4,
  B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  Secretariat: +32 10 47 23 50, Fax: +32 10 47 21 80

My research field is computational physics applied to materials engineering, fluid mechanics, oceanography and integrated modeling of natural and anthropogenic effects. The basic objective is the development of mathematical models and numerical tools for predicting the behaviour of complex systems. I also started a research work in unstructured-mesh numerical oceanography. Though ocean modelling made huge progress since Bryan's pioneering work, the basic aspects of most models have remained similar to those of Bryan's: finite difference techniques are still implemented on structured grids. Unstructured mesh offer much more flexibility than structured ones. Since it is most probably impossible to modify step by step a structured-grid model to obtain an unstructured-grid one, a revolution -- rather than an evolution -- is needed in ocean model design, paving the way for the second generation of ocean models.

SLIM : Second-generation Louvain-la-neuve Ice-ocean Model
TIMOTHY : Tracing and Integrated Modeling of Natural and Anthropogenic Effects on Hydrosystems


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Bibliometry of research papers (Scopus data) : 835 citations; h-index : 19.
Google Scholar bibliometric data : 1574 citations; h-index : 25; i10-index : 47

Education and biography

2010-Present   Full professor Professeur ordinaire, Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL-UCL), Belgium
2004-2010   Professor Professeur, Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL-UCL), Belgium
2002-2008 Invited Professor Gasthoogleraar, Faculteit Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium
1993-2004   Lecturer Chargé de cours, Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL-UCL), Belgium
1994-1999 Research Associate NFSR Chercheur Qualifié FNRS, Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL-UCL), Belgium
1993-1994 Senior Research Assistant NFSR Chargé de Recherches FNRS, Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL-UCL), Belgium
1992-1993 Post-Doctoral Fellow, ICES, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA
1988-1992 Research Assistant NFSR Aspirant FNRS, Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL-UCL), Belgium
1992 PhD in Applied Mechanics (advisors: Prof. M.J. Crochet - Dr. J.M. Marchal), UCL, Belgium
1987 Ingénieur civil en mathématiques appliquées, UCL, Belgium


Horaire   FSAB1104 : Méthodes numériques
Horaire   IEPR1011 : Introduction à la mécanique
Horaire   MECA1120 : Introduction aux éléments finis
Horaire   MECA2300 : Advanced numerical methods
Horaire   MECA2170 : Numerical geometry
Horaire   MECA1321 : Mécanique des fluides et transfert 1
Horaire   MECA2141 : Rhéologie
Horaire   PHY1352 : Physique des fluides

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