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LACAZE Laurent

Chargé de Recherche CNRS
Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse
Groupe HEGIE

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Tel : +33 5-34-32-29-48

Research Interests

  • Granular media
  • Numerical modelling of solid particles / fluid interactions
  • Free-surface flows of non-newtonian fluids.
  • Geophysical fluid mechanics (stratified flows and rotating systems)
  • Coastal flows (shallow vortex dynamics, morphodynamics in the swash zone)


  • Bougouin A. and Lacaze L. 2018 Granular collapse in a fluid : Different flow regimes for an initially dense-packing. Phys Rev. F, 3(6), 064305.
  • Bougouin A., Lacaze L. and Bonometti T. 2017 Collapse of a neutrally buoyant suspension column : from Newtonian to apparent non-Newtonian flow regimes. J. Fluid Mech., 826, p. 918—941.
  • Mougel J., Fabre D., Lacaze L. and Bohr T. 2017 On the instabilities of a potential vortex with a free surface. J. Fluid Mech., 824, p. 230—264.
  • Charru F., Bouteloup J., Bonometti T. and Lacaze L. 2016 Sediment transport and bedforms : a numerical study of two-phase viscous shear flow. Meccanica, 51(12), p. 3055—3065.
  • Mougel J., Fabre D. and Lacaze L. 2015 Waves in Newton’s bucket. J. Fluid Mech., 783, p. 211—250.
  • Thual 0., Lacaze L., Mouzouri M. and Boutkhamouine B. 2015 Critical slope for laminar transcritical shallow-water flows. J. Fluid Mech., 783, R1.
  • Lacaze L. , Filella A. and Thual O. 2015 Steady and unsteady shear flows of a viscoplastic fluid in a cylindrical Couette cell. J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech., 220, p. 126—136.
  • Mougel J., Fabre D. and Lacaze L. 2014 Waves and instabilities in rotating free surface flows. Mech. Ind., 15(2), p. 107—112.
  • Izard E., Bonometti T. and Lacaze L. 2014 Modelling the dynamics of a sphere approaching and bouncing on a wall in a viscous fluid. J. Fluid Mech., 747, p. 422—446.
  • Bigot B., Bonometti T., Lacaze L. and Thual O. 2014 A simple immersed-boundary method for solid-fluid interaction in constant- and stratified-density flows. Comput. Fluids, 97, p. 126—142.
  • Lacaze L., Paci A., Cid E., Cazin S., Eiff O., Essler J.G. and Johnson E.R. 2013 Wave patterns generated by an axisymmetric obstacle in a two-layer flow. Exp. Fluids, 54, 1618.
  • Albagnac J., Moulin O., Eiff O., Lacaze L. and Brancher P. 2013 A three-dimensional experimental investigation of the structure of the spanwise vortex generated by a shallow vortex dipole. Environ. Fluid Mech., DOI 10.1007/s10652-013-9291-6.
  • Degaetano M., Lacaze L. and Phillips J.C. 2013 The influence of localised size reorganization on short-duration bidispersed granular flows. Eur. Phys. J. E, 36, DOI : 10.1140/epje/i2013-13036-9.
  • Astruc D., Cazin S., Cid E., Eiff O., Lacaze L., Robin P., Toublanc F. and Caceres I. 2012 A strereoscopic method for rapid monitoring of spatio-temporal evolution of sand-bed elevation in the swash zone. Coast. Eng., 60, p. 11—20.
  • Albagnac J., Lacaze L., Brancher P. and Eiff O. 2011 On the existence and evolution of a spanwise vortex in laminar shallow water dipoles. Phys. Fluids, 23, 086601.
  • Lacaze L., Guenoun P., Beysens D., Delsanti M., Petitjeans P. and Kurowski P. 2010 Transient surface tension in miscible liquids. Phys. Rev. E, 82, 041606.
  • Thual O. and Lacaze L. 2010 Fluid boundary of a viscoplastic Bingham flow for finite solid deformations. J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech., 165, p. 84—87.
  • Lacaze L., Brancher P., Eiff O. and Labat L. 2010 Experimental characterization of the 3D dynamics of a laminar shallow vortex dipole. Exp. Fluids, 48, p. 225—231.
  • Le Bars M., Lacaze L., Le Dizès S., Le Gal P. and Rieutord M. 2010 Tidal instability in stellar and planetary binary systems. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 178, p 48—55.
  • Lacaze L. and Kerswell R.R. 2009 Axisymmetric granular collapse : A transient 3D flow test of viscoplasticity. Phys. Rev. Lett., 102, 108305.
  • Lacaze L., Phillips J.C. and Kerswell R.R. 2008 Planar collapse of a granular column : Experimens and discrete element simulations. Phys. Fluids, 20, 063302.
  • Lacaze L., Ryan K. and Le Dizès S. 2007 Elliptic instability in a strained Batchelor vortex. J. Fluid Mech., 577, p 341—361.
  • Lacaze L., Herreman W., Le Bars M., Le Dizès S. and Le Gal P. 2006 Magnetic field induced by elliptical instability in a rotating spheroid. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 100, p 299—317.
  • Le Dizès S. and Lacaze L. 2005 An asymptotic description of vortex Kelvin modes. J. Fluid Mech., 542, p 69—96.
  • Lacaze L., Le Gal P. and Le Dizès S. 2005 Elliptical instability in a spherical shell. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 151, p. 194—205.
  • Lacaze L., Birbaud A.-L. and Le Dizès S. 2005 Elliptic instability in Rankine vortex with axial flow. Phys. Fluids, 17, 017101.
  • Le Gal P., Lacaze L. and Le Dizès S. 2005 Magnetic field induced by elliptical instability in a rotating tidally-distorted sphere. Journal of Physics Conference Series., 14, p. 30—34.
  • Lacaze L., Le Gal P. and Le Dizès S. 2004 Elliptical instability in a rotating spheroid. Fluid Mech., 505, p. 1—22.

Graduate students

  • Julie Albagnac : 2010 (MESR grant), with P. Brancher and O. Eiff.
  • Jessica Astier : 2014 (DGA grant), with D. Astruc.
  • Edouard Izard : Oct. 2011 — Oct 2014 (MESR grant), with T. Bonometti
  • Jérôme Mougel : 2014 (DGA grant), with D. Fabre.
  • José Barale : 2019, with D. Astruc.
  • Miloud Mouzouri : 2016 (CIFRE), with O. Thual.
  • Joris Bouteloup : 2017 (ANR funding), with T. Bonometti and F. Charru.
  • Alexis Bougouin : 2017 (ONEMA funding), with T. Bonometti.
  • Guillaume Quibeuf : 2019 (MESR grant), with F. Charru.
  • Benjamin Fry : 2019 (IDEX Funding), with A. Bottaro, T. Bonometti and F. Charru.

Source Code

  • GFD 1D Shallow Water - Coriolis (Matlab source files)
    Zip - 6.9 ko