Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The chair of Applied Mechanics (AM) examines the mechanical and physical behaviour of materials and structures at various length scales.

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Creating new solutions for design and engineering in the built environment

Organisational profile

The chair has a strong international reputation in the modelling of failure (plasticity, fracture, damage, phase transformations) and deformation of advanced engineering materials. The research examines and couples the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures at various length scales (macro, micro, nano), in order to improve material characteristics (high strength and toughness, low weight) and to pursue optimal structural and functional performances of applications in the built environment.

The coupled modelling of the mechanical behaviour of materials with other physical processes, such as the diffusion of moisture and/or chemical species, heat conduction, air flow, finds relevant applications within collaborative PhD research projects. Examples are the chemical degradation of concrete sewer systems, the damage development of historical museum objects under varying indoor climate conditions, the optimization and durability of wind turbines, and the thermal resistance of steel structures. In addition, multi-disciplinary optimization of buildings is researched via a combination of conceptual design process simulation and computing science optimization.


Our research themes

The group’s research is concentrated around the following three main directions:

1. Modelling of failure and deformation at various scales

Failure and deformation of structures and materials are modeled at the macro, meso and micro levels, with the aim of understanding how small-scale (microscopic) information affects behavior at larger (meso and macroscopic) scales. Activities focus on the development of robust and accurate computational models that closely follow the physics of the problem, and obey rigorous mathematical principles characterizing the separate scales and their couplings.

Collaborations: Delft University of Technology, Rijksmuseum, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Cambridge University, Getty Conservation Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art


2. Multi-physics modeling of structures and materials

In multi-physics modelling systems and processes referring to more than one physical field are studied, and their interactive phenomena are characterized. The research includes the mathematical formulation of the physical processes, the numerical discretization into robust and accurate numerical implementations, and the application of models to relevant engineering problems in the built environment.

Collaborations: Rijksmuseum, Mauritshuis, University of Amsterdam, Cambridge University, Getty Conservation Institute, Building Physics group at TU/e, Delft University of Technology, Deltares, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Queensland University of Technology

3. Optimization of structures and materials

The optimization of structures and materials refers to the study of structural shape, size, phase distribution and texture at the micro scale (morphology) and structural shape and space at the macro scale (topology). The aim is to optimize the performance and interactions of materials and structures during operation and manufacturing.

Collaborations: Concrete Structures group at TU/e, Building Physics group at TU/e, Delft University of Technology, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science

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    Profiles

    Photo of Sjonnie Boonstra
    20152020
    Photo of Emanuela Bosco

    Emanuela Bosco

    Person: UD : Assistant Professor

    20122020
    Photo of Gijs J.A.M. Eumelen
    20182020

    Research Output

    Computational modelling of metal soap formation in historical oil paintings: the influence of fatty acid concentration and nucleus geometry on the induced chemo-mechanical damage

    Eumelen, G. J. A. M., Bosco, E., Suiker, A. S. J., Hermans, J. J., van Loon, A., Keune, K. & Iedema, P. D., 30 Jun 2020, In : SN Applied Sciences. 2, 10 p., 1310.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Conceptual structural system layouts via design response grammars and evolutionary algorithms

    Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., Aug 2020, In : Automation in Construction. 116, 20 p., 103009.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Coupled aerostructural shape and topology optimization of horizontal-axis wind turbine rotor blades

    Wang, Z., Suiker, A. S. J., Hofmeyer, H., van Hooff, T. & Blocken, B., 15 May 2020, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 212, 12 p., 112621.

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    Prizes

    Award Best Bachelor Lecturer 2013

    Harrie Janssen (Recipient), 19 Jun 2014

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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    Award Best Bachelor Lecturer 2014

    Harrie Janssen (Recipient), 21 May 2015

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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    Award Best Bachelor Lecturer 2015

    Harrie Janssen (Recipient), 2 Jun 2016

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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    Activities

    Fire and Materials (Journal)

    Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
    9 Jul 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

    Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
    22 Jun 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Fire Safety Journal (Journal)

    Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
    26 May 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Student theses

    Accelerating early strength and stiffness development of a Portland cement-based mortar for 3D printing

    Author: van der Meijde, G., 28 May 2019

    Supervisor: Wolfs, R. (Supervisor 1), Suiker, A. (Supervisor 2) & Salet, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A numerical simulation of an ESECMaSE shaking table test

    Author: Afantrous, H., 31 Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Wijte, S. (Supervisor 1), Suiker, A. (Supervisor 2), Middelkoop, E. (External person) (External coach) & Vermeltfoort, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    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

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