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Odile Abraham

Directrice du Laboratoire Géophysique et Évaluation Non Destructive (GeoEND)


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Allée des Ponts et Chaussées, Route de Bouaye - CS 5004 - 44344 Bouguenais Cedex

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Odile Abraham

Directrice du Laboratoire Géophysique et Évaluation Non Destructive (GeoEND)

Activités de recherche

Dr Odile Abraham graduated in 1990 at the École des Travaux Publics de l’État (ENTPE, France), she obtained a M.Sc. in acoustics in 1990 at the École Centrale de Lyon (France) and a PhD at the University of Wales College of Cardiff (UK) in 1993 in structural dynamics.

She integrated Université Gustave Eiffel (former Ifsttar and ex-LCPC) in 1993 and started to work in applied geophysics and non-destructive testing. She obtained her “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in 2004. She is a specialist in investigation techniques based on mechanical waves and its major fields of interest are: surface waves, coda waves, non-contact ultrasonics measurements, propagation in very heterogeneous media.

She is a member of the Permanent Scientific Board of the French Confederation of Non-destructive Testing (COFREND). She has contributed to the creation of MUSC laboratory (non contact ultrasonics measurement lab) at Université Gustave Eiffel (former Ifsttar and ex-LCPC). She has co-organized the International Symposium on Non-destructive testing in civil engineering in 2009 (NDTCE'09, Nantes).

Since 2015 she his the Director of the Geophysics and Non Destructive Evaluation laboratory at Université Gustave Eiffel. She is the coordinator of the European H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 INFRASTAR project and of the INFRASTAR training school.

Mes dernières références

My latest references



Wang A., Leparoux D., Abraham O., Lefeuvre M., Frequency derivative of Rayleigh wave phase velocity for fundamental mode dispersion inversion: parametric study and experimental application, Geophysical Journal International, 2020.

Bassil A., Chapeleau X., Leduc D., Abraham O.,  Concrete Crack Monitoring Using a Novel Strain
Transfer Model for Distributed Fiber Optics Sensors, Sensors 2020, 20, 2220.

Gallezot M., Treyssède F., Abraham O., Forced vibrations and wave propagation in multilayered solid spheres using a one-dimensional semi-analytical finite element method, Wave Motion, 96, 2020

Thery R., Guillemot A., Abraham O., Larose E., Tracking fluids in multiple scattering and highly porous materials: toward applications in non-destructive testing and seismic monitoring, Ultrasonics, 102, 2020.

Chen G., Pageot D., Abraham O., Zhang Y., Chekroun M., Tournat V, Nonlinear Coda Wave Interferometry: sensitivity to wave-induced material property changes analyzed via numerical simulations in 2D, Ultrasonics, 99, 2019.

Bassil A. Wang X., Chapeleau X., Niederleithinger N., Abraham O.,  Leduc D., Distributed Fiber Optics Sensing and Coda Wave Interferometry Techniques for Damage Monitoring in Concrete Structures, Sensors, 19, 356, 2019.

Legland J.-B., Zhang Y., Abraham O., Durand O., Tournat V., Evaluation of crack status in a meter-size concrete structure using the ultrasonic nonlinear coda wave interferometry, JASA, 142, 2233, 2017.

Chen G., Pageot D., Legland J.-B., Abraham O., Chekroun M., Tournat V., Numerical modeling of ultrasonic coda wave interferometry in a multiple scattering medium with a localized nonlinear defect, Wave Motion, 72, pp228-243, 2017.

Zhang Y.,  Tournat V. , Abraham O., Durand O., Letourneur S., Le Duff A. , Lascoup B., Nonlinear modulation of ultrasonic coda waves for the global evaluation of damage levels in complex solids,  Ultrasonics, 73, pp245-252, 2017.

Hilloulin B., Legland J.-B., Lys E., Abraham O., Loukili A., Grondin F. , Durand D., Tournat V., Monitoring of autogenous crack healing in cementitious materials by the nonlinear modulation of ultrasonic coda waves, 3D microscopy and X-ray microtomography, JCBM, 123, pp143-152, 2016.

Metais V., Chekroun M., Le Marrec L., Le Duff A., Plantier G., Abraham O., Influence of multiple scattering in heterogeneous concrete on results of the surface wave inverse problem, International Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 79, pp.53-62, 2016.

Hilloulin B., Zhang Y., Abraham O.,  Loukili A. , Grondin F. , Durand O., Tournat V.,  Small crack detection in concrete with coda wave nonlinear modulation, International Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 68, pp.98-104, 2014.

Lascoup B., Abraham O., Le Duff Alain, Tournat V., Suivi de l'endommagement de composite par l'étude de la CODA ultrasonore, Revue des composites et des matériaux avancés, 24(2), pp177-189, 2014.

Caussignac J.M., Le Cam V., Abraham O., Dérobert X., Villain G., Evaluation et contrôle non destructifs en génie civil, Techniques de l'Ingénieur, r1410, pp1-20, 2013.

Zhang Y., Tournat V., Abraham O., Le Duff A., Lascoup B., Durand O., Nonlinear mixing of ultrasonic coda waves with lower frequency-swept pump waves for a global detection of defects in multiple scattering media, Journal of Applied Physics, 113, 064905 (2013).

Garnier V., Piwakowski P., Abraham O., Villain G., Payan C., Chaix J.-F., Acoustical techniques for concrete evaluation: Improvements, comparisons and consistencies, JCBM, 43, pp598-613, 2013.

Bretaudeau F.,  Brossier  R., Leparoux D.,  Operto S., Abraham O., Virieux J., 2D elastic full waveform imaging of the near surface : Application to a physical scale model, Near Surface Geophysics, 2013.

Zhang Y., Abraham O., Loukili A., Grondin F., Tournat V., Le Duff A., Lascoup B.,  Durand O., Validation of a thermal bias control technique for Coda Wave Interferometry (CWI), Ultrasonics, 53(3), pp658–664, 2013.

Zhang Y., Abraham O., Tournat V., Le Duff A., Lascoup B., Loukili A., Grondin F., Durand O., Study of stress-induced velocity variation in concrete under direct tensile force and monitoring of the damage level by using thermally-compensated Coda Wave Interferometry, Ultrasonics, 52(8), pp1038-1045, 2012.

Schoefs F., Abraham O., Probabilistic evaluation for improvement of design of impact-echo sources, Transportation Research Record, 2313, pp109-115, 2012.

Schoefs F., Abraham O., Popovics J.S., Quantitative evaluation of contactless impact echo for nondestructive assessment of void detection within tendon ducts, JCBM , 37, pp885-892, 2012.

Benmeddour F., Villain G., Abraham O., Choinska M., Development of an ultrasonic experimental device to characterise concrete for structural repair, JCBM, 37, pp934-942, 2012.

Abraham O., Piwakowski B., Villain G., Durand O., Non-contact, automated surface wave measurements for the mechanical characterisation of concrete, JCBM , 37, pp904-915, 2012.

Bretaudeau F, Leparoux D., Durand O., Abraham O., Small-scale modeling of onshore seismic experiment: a tool to validate numerical modeling and seismic imaging methods,  Geophysics, 76(5), pp1–12, 2011.

Lu L., Chekroun M., Abraham O., Maupin V., Villain G., Parameter estimation of functionally graded materials using surface waves recorded with a laser interferometer,  Non Destructive Testing & Evaluation, 44, pp169-177, 2011.

Chekroun, M., Le Marrec, L., Abraham O., Durand O., Villain G., Analysis of coherent surface wave dispersion and attenuation for non-destructive testing of concrete, Ultrasonics, 49, pp 743-751, 2009.

Bodet L., Abraham O., Clorennec D., Near-offset effects on Rayleigh-wave dispersion measurements: physical modeling, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 68(1), 95-103, 2009.

Goueygou M., Abraham O., Lataste J.-F, Comparative study of two non destructive testing methods to assess near surface mechanical damage in concrete structures, Non Destructive Testing & Evaluation, 41 (6), pp448-456, 2008.

Lagarde J., Abraham O., Laguerre L., Côte Ph., Piguet J.-P., Balland C., Armand G., Use of surface waves and seismic refraction for the inspection of circular concrete structures, Cement & Concrete Composites, Vol.28, pp337-348, 2006.

Bodet L., Van Wijk J., Bitri A., Abraham O., Côte Ph., Grandjean G., Leparoux D., Surface-wave inversion limitations from laser-Doppler physical modelling, Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 10(2), pp151-162, 2005.

Abraham O., Chammas R., Côte Ph., Pedersen H.A., Semblat J.-F., Mechanical characterisation of heterogeneous soils with surface waves : experimental validation on reduced scale physical models, Near Surface Geophysics, Vol.2, N°4, pp249-258, 2005.

Chammas R, Abraham O., Côte Ph., Pedersen H.A., Semblat J.-F., Characterization of heterogeneous soils using surface waves : homogenisation and numerical modeling, ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, 3(1), pp55-63, 2003.

Abraham O., Dérobert X, Non-destructive testing of fired tunnel walls: The Mont-Blanc Tunnel case study, International Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 36, pp411-418, 2003.

Abraham O., Côte Ph., Impact-echo thickness frequency profile for the detection of voids in tendon duct, ACI Structural Journal, 99(3), pp239-247, 2002.

Dérobert X., Aubagnac C., Abraham O., Comparison of NDT techniques on a post-tensioned beam before autopsy, International Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 35, pp241-248, 2002.

Abraham O., Alexandre J., Gourry J.-C., Grandjean G., 3D seismic imagery for the detection of small cracks, European Journal of Environmental and Enginnering Geophysics, 4(2), pp171-193, 2000.

Abraham O., Léonard Ch., Côte Ph., Piwakowski B., Time frequency analysis of impact echo signals: numerical modeling and experimental validation, ACI Materials Journal, 97(6), pp612-624, 2000.

Abraham O., Pedersen H., Hevin G., Kergadallan X., Côte Ph., Use of surface waves for the nondestructive testing of concrete structures, Insight: Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, 42(7), pp444-446, 2000.

Dérobert X., Abraham O., GPR and seismic imaging in a gypsum quarry, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 45, pp157-169, 2000.

Celse B., Vayssade B., Henry J.-P., Côte ph., Abraham O., Piwakowski B., Détection de failles par méthodes sismiques lors du creusement des tunnels, Bulletin des Laboratoires des Ponts et Chaussées, 226, pp13-25, 2000.

Abraham O., Ben Slimane K., Côte Ph., Seismic tomography : factoring anisotropy into iterative geometric reconstruction algorithms, International Journal of Rocks Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 35(1), 9931-41, 1998.

Hévin G., Abraham O., Pedersen H.A., Campillo M., Characterisation of surface cracks with Rayleigh waves : a numerical model, International Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 31(4), pp289-297, 1998.

Gourry J.-C., Grandjean G., Abraham O., Geophysical imagery of small-scale fractures, European Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 1, pp187-199, 1996.

Abraham O.N.L., Brandon J., The modelling of the opening and closure of a crack, ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 117(3A), pp370-377, 1995.

Brandon J., Abraham O.N.L., Counter-intuitive quasi-periodic motion in the autonomous vibration of cracked Timoshenko beams, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 185(3), pp415-430, 1995.

Abraham O.N.L., Brandon J., Cohen A., Remark on the determination of compliance coefficients at the crack section of a uniform beam with circular cross-section, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 169(4), pp570-574, 1994.


Payan C., Abraham O., Garnier V., Ultrasonic methods, in Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation of Civil Engineering Structures, ISTE Press Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd., Edited by JP Balayssac and Vincent Garnier, ISBN 978-1-78548-229-8, 2018, pp21-85.

Abraham O., Popovics J.S., Impact-echo techniques for evaluation of concrete structures, in Non-destructive evaluation of reinforced concrete structures, Vol.2, Woodhead Publishing Limited, CRC Press N10267, ISBN 978-1-84569-950-4, 2010, pp466-489.

Popovics J.S., Abraham O., Surface wave techniques for evaluation of concrete structures, in Non-destructive evaluation of reinforced concrete structures, Vol.2, Woodhead Publishing Limited, CRC Press N10267, ISBN 978-1-84569-950-4, 2010, pp441-465.

Abraham O., Krause M., Impact echo, in COST 534 New Materials, Systems, Methods and Concepts for Prestressed Concrete Structures, Final Report, Edited by Polder RB, ISBN 978-9-0598-63323, 2009, pp137-148.

Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Non Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering, 30 june – 3 july 2009, Edited by Abraham O., Dérobert, X., ISBN 978-2-7208-2542-5, DOI/CrossRef: 10.3829/act-actndtce-fr

Methodologie d'évaluation non destructive de l'état d'altération des ouvrages en béton, sous la direction de D. Breysse et O. Abraham, Presses des Ponts et Chaussées, ISBN 2-85978-405-5, 2005, 555p.

Champs physiques et propagation dans les sols et les structures du génie civil, sous la direction de Abraham O., SI11, Etudes et recherches des laboratoires des ponts et chaussées, ISSN 1167-4865, 2006, 221p.