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Biomechanics and Impact Mechanics Laboratory

The Biomechanics and Impact Mechanics Laboratory (LBMC UMR_T9406) is a Joint Research Unit between IFSTTAR (French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks) and the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.

LBMC is staffed by 40 permanent members, and around 20 Ph.D. candidates and 15 trainees with multiple backgrounds (engineering, medicine, biomechanics, computer science, ergonomics).

LBMC conducts researches in the field of transport for improving the comfort and safety of the users and in the field of health related to orthopaedics, and functional rehabilitation to contribute to the future of transport and medicine.

LBMC is a member of the Equipment of Excellence (EquipEx) “Engineering and aging of living tissues”, IVTV and a member of the Laboratories of Excellence (LabEx) “Physics, Radiobiology, Medical Imaging, and Simulation», PRIMES  and « Intelligences of Urban Worlds » - IMU .

In recent years, LBMC has been involved in several European projects (among them the LBMC has coordinated FP5 HUMOS2, FP6 Aprosys  (Sub-project Biomechanics), FP7 DHErgo , and FP7 PIPER  projects) and international projects (e.g. GHBMC ). The LBMC is also involved in the international network VPH Institute and the inter-university center BOHNES .


LBMC chaired the organization of ESB 2016  in Lyon (780 attendees).

Since 2017, the quality approach of LBMC is certified ISO 9001.

To perform its scientific program, the LBMC is organized in four research teams:

  • Biomechanics and Orthopaedics
  • Biomechanics and Ergonomics
  • Impact biomechanics
  • Impact of structures