Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Aluminium research area focuses on the general aspects of aluminium design as well as its integration with related building aspects.

Highlighted phrase

Contributing to structural use of aluminium in building and civil engineering 

Organisational profile

Research at the chair of Aluminium Structures considers the structural properties of aluminium alloys as well as how it is integrated into a wide range of structures. The research contributes to better understanding of structural performance, for example when subjected to fatigue loading or when exposed to fire. The research carried out in this area contributes to an adequate structural application of aluminium in buildings and other structures. This research is intended to make a significant contribution to the structural use of aluminium in building and civil engineering applications.

By analyzing the structural performance of aluminium structures with regard to areas such as fatigue, fracturing, joining and structural fire resistance the research area is contributing to better understanding its properties and improving the position of this material in building, civil engineering and other applications.


Our research themes

1. Make structures safe
- ductile response
- response to repetitive load
- response to fire and blast

Structures should be safe in use. It implies that the probability of failure is sufficiently low and that the structure ideally has the possibility to redistribute forces in case of a local failure or overload.

  • Structures need to have sufficient ductility. This implies requirements to the materials used but also the structural detailing, especially the joints. We build numerical models to determine the structural ductility.
  • The fatigue resistance is an important area of research. Our research focusses on experimental and numerical prediction models and on reliability levels.
  • Extreme load events, such as a fire, may damage a structure. We study the structural performance in case of fire exposure. Aim is to provide a safe escape possibility in case of a severe fire.

2. Enable / improve production
- bend / roll extruded sections
- (re)shape at various temperatures
- new applications
We model various production processes, such as cold bending of extruded sections. Our models provide predictions of the performance of the aluminium components during and after production. This enables or improves the production.

3. Reduce resources
- enhance existing structures
- re-use components
- optimize designs
Aluminium and its alloys are well known for their recycling possibilities. Aluminium can be melted and re-used, but it is also possible to demount old structures and reuse the components. Another possible application is the refurbishment and upgrading of existing structures, such as in case of bridge decks (see photos).

Our research relates to:

  • Joining of different materials, in the construction phase but also during its use.
  • The requirements and the determination of the performance of already used components, e.g. the acceptability of flaws in static or fatigue loaded structures.

In many cases, the research concerns the development of optimised models to predict the structural response of real structures. Numerical simulation models are developed that are dedicated to a certain type of structural shape and loading condition. Small or full-scale tests in our laboratory are used for calibration and/or validation of these simulation models. The knowledge gained is transferred to design models that practitioners can apply in developing a structural design. See the chain of figures for an example. The research enhances the application of aluminium structures.

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Fatigue of materials Engineering & Materials Science
Aluminum Engineering & Materials Science
Fires Engineering & Materials Science
Buckling Engineering & Materials Science
Steel bridges Engineering & Materials Science
Steel Engineering & Materials Science
Crack propagation Engineering & Materials Science
Cracks Engineering & Materials Science

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Photo of Seyed Hashemi

Seyed Hashemi, MSc

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

Photo of Davide Leonetti

Davide Leonetti, MSc

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)


Research Output 1992 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)
27 Downloads (Pure)

A cohesive XFEM model for simulating fatigue crack growth under mixed-mode loading and overloading

Dekker, R., van der Meer, F. P., Maljaars, J. & Sluys, L. J., 8 Jun 2019, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 118, 10, p. 561-577 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Fatigue Crack Growth
Mixed Mode
Fatigue crack propagation
Adaptive Meshing
Cohesive Zone Model

Added value of regular in-service visual inspection to the fatigue reliability of structural details in steel bridges

Hashemi, S., Maljaars, J. & Snijder, B., 2019, 5th International Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures – SMAR 2019: Proceedings.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Steel bridges
Fatigue of materials
Crack detection
Steel structures

Bending moment - shear force interaction of rolled I-shaped steel sections

Dekker, R. W. A., 9 Jan 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 249 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

Open Access

Student theses

Analysis of plastic failure in case of a (fatigue) crack

Author: Hermus, J., 27 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 1), Leonetti, D. (Supervisor 2) & Snijder, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Automated two-way coupled CFD fire and thermomechanical FE analyses of a self-supporting sandwich panel façade system

Author: de Boer, J., 26 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 2) & van Herpen, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Influence of thermal expansion on slender aluminium and steel cross-sections under fire conditions

Author: Van den Hove, F., 26 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 1), Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 2) & Feijtel, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master