Philippe PoncetProfessor

  • Vice-President in charge of digital environment
    Office 227, IPRA Building, Univ. Pau & Pays Adour, Avenue de l'Université, BP 1155, 64013 PAU Cedex, France
  • Porous media, Micro-fluidics, geoscience, rheology, particle methods, vortex methods, high performance computing (HPC), numerical analysis, bio-mathematics.
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Philippe Poncet studied applied and pure mathematics at University Joseph Fourier of Grenoble (France), and graduated his Master 2 of Applied Mathematics in 1997. After one year of military obligations (CPGE of French Air Force Academy), he performed his PhD on particle methods for 3D flows in domains with curved boundaries. He joined the Toulouse Mathematics Institute (UMR CNRS 5219) in 2002, which resulted in his accreditation to supervise research (HDR) in 2008. He is full professor at UPPA since 2013, where he headed the team Numerical Methods and Complex Fluids at LMAP until 2018. Since this date, he is vice-president in charge of digital environment.

Research interests

Expert knowledge in vortex and particle methods for fluid dynamics. Specialist on numerical analysis, high performance computing, control and optimization (stochastic and gradient-based techniques).

My research interests are mainly:

  • Particle and vortex methods for fluid dynamics,
  • Wakes and drag control,
  • Numerical microfluidics in complex geometries,
  • Numerical methods for reactive porous media,
  • High Performance Computing (HPC),
  • Pore scale modeling in geo-sciences,
  • Bio-mechanics and modeling of cystic fibrosis,
  • Numerical methods for rheology,
  • Numerical analysis.


2020-2024: MucoReaDy, ANR Project Mucus, Cystic Fibrosys and Respiratory Dysfunctions, following BioFiReaDy.

2019-2023: MicroMineral, I-Site E2S-UPPA et Carnot Institute ISIFoR Project, on mineral storage of CO2.

2010-2015: BioFiReaDy, ANR Projet Biological Films and Respoiratory Dysfunction.


  1. J-M. Etancelin, P. Moonen, P. Poncet, Improvement of remeshed Lagrangian methods for the simulation of dissolution processes at the pore-scale, in press for Advances in Water Resources (2020).
  2. L. Hume, P. Poncet, A velocity-vorticity method for highly viscous 3D flows with application to digital rock physics, Journal of Computational Physics 425, 109910 (2021). DOI 10.1016/
  3. S. Molins, C. Soulaine, N. I. Prasianakis, A. Abbasi, P. Poncet, A. J. C. Ladd, V. Starchenko, S. Roman, D. Trebotich, H. A. Tchelepi, C. I. Steefel, Simulation of mineral dissolution at the pore scale with evolving fluid-solid interfaces: Review of approaches and benchmark problem set, Comput. Geosci. (2020). 〈hal-02387321〉〈Open access, DOI 10.1007/s10596-019-09903-x〉
  4. D. Sanchez, L. Hume, R. Chatelin, P. Poncet, Analysis of non-linear Stokes problem coupled to transport-diffusion for shear-thinning heterogeneous microscale flows, applications to digital rock physics and mucociliary clearance, ESAIM: Math. Model. Numer. Anal. 53(4):1083-1124 (2019). 〈hal-01718335〉 〈Open access, DOI 10.1051/m2an/2019013〉
  5. B. Noetinger, L. Hume, R. Chatelin, P. Poncet, Effective viscosity of a random mixture of fluids, Physical Review Fluids 3, 014103 (2018).
  6. R. Chatelin, D. Anne-Archard, M. Murris-Espin, D. Sanchez, M. Thiriet, A. Didier, P. Poncet, Modelling Cystic Fibrosis and Mucociliary Clearance, Chapter 5 of Microscale Transport Modelling in Biological Processes, Elsevier Inc. (2017). ISBN: 978-0-12-804595-4 (Book and Chapter 5)
  7. R. Chatelin and P. Poncet, A parametric study of mucociliary transport by numerical simulations of 3D non-homogeneous mucus, J. Biomech. 49, 1772-1780 (2016).
  8. R. Chatelin, D. Sanchez and P. Poncet, Analysis of penalized variable viscosity 3D Stokes equations coupled with transport and diffusion, ESAIM: Math. Model. Numer. Anal. 50:2, 565-591 (2016).
  9. R. Chatelin, Philippe Poncet, A. Didier, M. Murris-Espin, D. Anne-Archard, et al.. Mucus and Ciliated Cells of Human Lung: Splitting Strategies for Particle Methods and 3D Stokes Flows. Procedia IUTAM, Elsevier, 2015, 18, pp.114-122. DOI 10.1016/j.piutam.2015.11.012
  10. R. Chatelin and P. Poncet, Hybrid grid–particle methods and Penalization: A Sherman–Morrison–Woodbury approach to compute 3D viscous flows using FFT, J. Comput. Phys. 269, 314–328 (2014).
    R. Chatelin and P. Poncet, A hybrid grid-particle method for moving bodies in 3D Stokes flow with variable viscosity, SIAM J. Sci. Comp. 35(4), B925–B949 (2013).
  11. M. El Ossmani and P. Poncet, Efficiency of multiscale hybrid grid-particle vortex methods, SIAM MMS 8(5), 1671–1690 (2010).
  12. S. Enault, D. Lombardi, P. Poncet and M. Thiriet, Mucus dynamics subject to air and wall motion, ESAIM Proc. 30, 125–141 (2010).
  13. P. Poncet, Analysis of an immersed boundary method for three-dimensional flows in vorticity formulation, J. Comput. Phys. 228, 7268–7288 (2009).
  14. P. Poncet, R. Hildebrand, G-H. Cottet and P. Koumoutsakos, Spatially distributed control for optimal drag reduction of the flow past a circular cylinder, J. Fluid Mech. , 599, 111–120 (2008).
  15. P. Poncet, Analysis of direct three-dimensional parabolic panel methods. SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 45(6), 2259–2297 (2007).
  16. P. Poncet, Finite difference stencils based on particle strength exchange schemes for improvement of vortex methods, J. Turbulence 7 (23), 1-24 (2006).
  17. P. Poncet and P. Koumoutsakos, Optimization of Vortex Shedding in 3D Wakes using Belt Actuators. Intl. J. Offshore Polar Eng. 15 (1), 7–14 (2005).
  18. P. Poncet, G-H. Cottet and P. Koumoutsakos, Control of three-dimensional wakes using evolution strategies. C. R. Mecanique 333, 65–77 (2005).
  19. P. Poncet, Topological aspects of the three-dimensional wake behind rotary oscillating circular cylinder. J. Fluid Mech. , 517, 27–53 (2004).
  20. G-H. Cottet and P. Poncet, New results in the simulation and control of three-dimensional cylinder wakes. Comp. Fluids 33, 687–713 (2004).
  21. G-H. Cottet and P. Poncet, Advances in Direct Numerical Simulations of three-dimensional wall-bounded flows by Particle in Cell methods. J. Comput. Phys., 193, 136–158 (2003).
  22. G-H. Cottet and P. Poncet, Particle methods for Direct Numerical Simulations of three-dimensional wakes. J. Turbulence 3(038), 1–9 (2002).
  23. P. Poncet, Vanishing of mode B in the wake behind a rotationally oscillating circular cylinder. Phys. Fluids., 14 (6), 2021–2023 (2002).
  24. P. Poncet and F. Robert, About Successive Gauss-Seidelizations. Taiwanese J. Math, 3(4), 491–501 (1999).

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