Carnot B113


Alain Corfdir


Ingénieur général des ponts, des eaux et des forêts


2000-present: Geotechnical team, Navier laboratory.

1997-1999: Interministerial mission on the greenhouse effect. Senior advisor, responsible for the “Buildings” and “Transport” fields.

1993 -1997: Researcher at the Center for Education and Research in Calculation of Structures and Structures, ENPC.

1991 -1993: Department of Research and Scientific and Technical Affairs of the Ministry of Equipment. Project manager for traffic management, freight transport, guided transport.

1987-1990: Technical Studies Department for Roads and Motorways, in charge of the “Exploitation of the Road" objective.

1983 -1987: Technical Service for Lighthouses and Beacons. Head of the “Projects" department.

Research topics

Retaining structures, reinforced earth

Calculation methods, plane problems and BEM

Mechanical behavior of interfaces


Retaining structures and their modelling, Master MSROE

Selected publications

  • A. Corfdir, G. Bonnet. The degenerate scales for plane elasticity problems in piecewise homogeneous media under general boundary conditions, Journal of Elasticity, 2020, 140:49-77,
  • A. Corfdir, G. Bonnet. The degenerate scales of BIEs for conduction in piecewise homogeneous domains, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 2019, 98: 281-295,
  •  A. Corfdir, G. Bonnet. Degenerate scale for 2D Laplace equation with mixed boundary condition and comparison with other conditions on the boundary, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 2018, 88:14-25,
  • A. Corfdir, E. Bourgeois, J.-B. Payeur. Numerical simulation of the response of a reinforced wall to a high speed train passage, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 2017, 41(11):1285-1303 DOI: 10.1002/nag.2674.
  • A. Corfdir, G. Bonnet. Exact degenerate scales in plane elasticity using complex variable methods, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2016, 80: 430–444, 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2015.10.003.
  • J.-B. Payeur, A. Corfdir, E. Bourgeois. Dynamic behavior of a Mechanically Stabilized Earth wall under harmonic loading : Experimental characterization and 3D finite elements model. Computers and Geotechnics, 2015, 65 : 199-211,
  •  A. Corfdir, G. Bonnet. Variational Formulation and Upper Bounds for Degenerate Scales in Plane Elasticity. Journal of Elasticity, 2015, 118(2), 207-221 DOI 10.1007/s10659-014-9494-1. En ligne le 28 août 2014.
  • D. Champenoy, A. Corfdir et P. Corfdir. Calculating the critical buckling force in compressed bottom flanges of steel–concrete composite bridges. European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering, 2014, 18(3), 271-292
  •  G. Bonnet, A. Corfdir, M.T. Nguyen. On the solution of exterior plane problems by the boundary element method: A physical point of view. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 2014, 38, 40-48 doi : 10.1016/j.enganabound.2013.10.005.
  • A. Corfdir, G. Bonnet. Degenerate scale for Laplace problem in the half plane ; approximate logarithmic capacity for two distant boundaries. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 2013,3, 836-841 doi : 10.1016/j.enganabound.2013.02.009.
  • E. Bourgeois, A. Corfdir, T.-L. Chau. Analysis of long-term deformations of MSE walls based on various corrosion scenarios. Soils and Foundations, 2013, 53(2) : 259–271 ; doi :10.1016/j.sandf.2013.02.006.
  • Y. H. Messen, A. Corfdir, J. Schmittbuhl. Mechanical healing of simulated fault gouge. Geophysical Journal International, 2013, 193(1): 252-262; doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs082.
  •  T.-L. Chau, E. Bourgeois, A Corfdir. Finite element analysis of the effect of corrosion on the behavior of reinforced earth walls, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 2012, 36, n°15, 1741–1756. DOI: 10.1002/nag.1095.
  •  G. Koval, F. Chevoir, J.-N. Roux, J. Sulem, A.Corfdir. Interface roughness effect on slow cyclic annular shear of granular materials, Granular Matter, 2011, vol. 13, pp 525-540, DOI: 10.1007/s10035-011-0267-2.
  • I. Dumitrescu, A. Corfdir, R. Frank. Influence of the anisotropy of confining stress on the sand / steel interface behaviour in a cylinder shear apparatus, Soils and Foundations, vol. 49, n° 2, pp. 167-174. avril 2009.
  • G. Koval, J.-N. Roux, A. Corfdir, F. Chevoir. Annular shear of cohesionless granular materials : from inertial to quasistatic regime, Physical Review E, vol. 79, n°2, 2009, pp. 021306-1-0211306-16, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.79.02130.