Michel Géradin

Short CV

1962-1967: Engineering degree in Physics from University of Liège (ULg).

1972: PhD in Applied Sciences at ULg.

1968-1979: Research fellow from the National Belgian Foundation (research area: structural dynamics).

1973-1974: Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

1979-1997: Professor / Full professor (1987) at ULg., Head of the Aerospace Laboratory (LTAS) and chair holder in structural dynamics.

1986-1997: Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado (Boulder).

1997-2010: Professeur Extraordinaire at ULg. 

1997-2010: Unit Head of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) of JRC (European Commission, Ispra, Italy).

2010: retirement, continuation of scientific research activity as ULg emeritus professor.
Author / co-author of about 130 scientific papers and of 2 internationally distributed reference books on structural dynamics and on flexible multibody dynamics. 

From 1968, co-author of the SAMCEF finite element software. Co-founder in 1986 of Samtech SA, European leader company in finite element software for structural mechanics (today, part of SIEMENS PLM). Member of the Administration Board and scientific consultant to Samtech SA up to 2013.

2014-2016: Humboldt Research Awardee at TUM

Selected Awards

  • 2014, Humboldt Research Award (TUM, Germany)
  • 2007, Doctor Honoris Causa, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France
  • 2002, IACM Fellows Award
  • 2000, Member of Royal Academy of Belgium (Technology and Society Class)
  • 1996, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Instituto Superior Tecnico (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 1994, Auguste Sacré Award from the the Royal Academy of Belgium (Class of Sciences)
  • 1994, AILg Gold Medall (Association of Engineers from University of Liège)
  • 1994, Holder of the National Francqui Chair at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL)
  • 1993, ASME best paper award for the 1993 SDM Conference
  • 1990, D. de Meulemeester-Piot’s Award (Association of Engineers from University of Gent)
  • 1973, Louis Empain’s Prize (Fondation universitaire, Belgium)
  • 1973, Award of the Alumni of the University of Liège

Research Interests

  • Currently: computational methods in structural dynamics, kinematics and dynamics of flexible multibody systems, finite element analysis

  • In the past: experimental vibrations, aeroelasticity, fluid-structure interaction, analysis and identification of rotating machinery, dynamic model updating, parallel processing in structural mechanics, seismic engineering, structural acoustics, impact dynamics

Selected Publications


  • Géradin M., Rixen D.: Théorie des Vibrations – Application à la Dynamique des Structures  (2 éditions). Masson, Paris, 1992 and 1996.

  • Géradin M., Rixen D.: Mechanical Vibrations – Theory and Application to Structural Dynamics (3 editions). John Wiley & Sons, 1994, 1997 and 2015.

  • Géradin M., Cardona A.: Multibody Dynamics – A Finite Element Approach. John Wiley & Sons, 2000.


  • Géradin M.: Error bounds for eigenvalue analysis by elimination of variables. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 19(2) :111-132, 1971.

  • Géradin M.: A classification and discussion of integration operators for transient structural response. In AIAA 12th Aerospace Sciences Meeting Washington, number 74-105, 1974.

  • M Géradin and A Cardona.: Kinematics and dynamics of rigid and flexible mechanisms using finite elements and quaternion algebra. Computational Mechanics, 4(2):115–135, 1988.

  • Cardona and M. Géradin.: A beam finite element non-linear theory with finite rotations. Int. Jnl. Num. Meth. Engng., 26(11):2403–2438, 1988.

  • A. Cardona and M. Géradin.: Time integration of the equations of motion in mechanism analysis. Computers & structures, 33(3):801–820, 1989.

  • C. Farhat and M. Géradin.: Using a reduced number of Lagrange multipliers for assembling parallel incomplete field finite element approximations. Comp. Meth. in Appl. Mech. and Eng., 97(3):333–354, 1992.

  • C. Farhat, L. Crivelli, and M. Géradin.: The spectral stability of time integration algorithms for a class of constrained dynamics problems. In 34th Structures, Struct. Dynamics and Materials Conf., page 1306, 1993.

  • Cardona and M. Géradin.: A superelement formulation for mechanism analysis. Comp. Meth. in Appl. Mech. and Eng., 100(1):1–29, 1992.

  • M. Géradin and D. Rixen.: A ‘nodeless’ dual superelement formulation for structural and multibody dynamics-application to reduction of contact problems. Int. Jnl. Num. Meth. Engng., 106(10):773–798, 2016.

Publications as TUM-IAS Fellow


  • Géradin, Michel; Sonneville, Valentin: A two-field approach to multibody dynamics of rotating flexible bodies. Multibody System Dynamics, 2023 mehr…


  • Géradin, Michel: Dynamics of a flexible body: a two-field formulation. Multibody System Dynamics, 2022 mehr…
  • Sonneville, Valentin; Géradin, Michel: Two-field formulation of the inertial forces of a geometrically-exact beam element. Multibody System Dynamics, 2022 mehr…


  • Géradin, Michel; Rixen, Daniel J.: A fresh look at the dynamics of a flexible body application to substructuring for flexible multibody dynamics. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 122 (14), 2021, 3525-3582 mehr…