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
20152019
Photo of Emanuela Bosco

Emanuela Bosco

Person: UD : Assistant Professor

20122019
Photo of Gijs J.A.M. Eumelen
20182018

Research Output 1986 2019

Analysing optimisation data for multicriteria building spatial design

van der Blom, K., Boonstra, S., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 2019, Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization, 10th International Conference, EMO 2019, East Lansing, MI, USA, March 10-13, 2019, Proceedings. Deb, K., Goodman, E., Coello, C. A., Klamroth, K., Miettinen, K., Mostaghim, S. & Reed, P. (eds.). Springer, p. 671-682 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 11411)

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

Mechanical engineering
Multiobjective optimization
Data mining
Engineers
Hot Temperature

Climate-induced damage in oak museum objects

Luimes, R., 17 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 131 p.

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

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Co-evolutionary design processes applied to building spatial design optimization

Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 31 May 2019, Proceedings of the World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. 6 p.

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

Evolutionary algorithms
Design optimization

Prizes

Award Best Bachelor Lecturer 2013

Harrie Janssen (Recipient), 19 Jun 2014

Recognition: 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

Recognition: 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

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

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Activities 2005 2019

  • 47 Publication peer-review
  • 4 Editorial activity
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 2 Invited talk

Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
8 Aug 2019

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

Journal of Structural Engineering (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
8 Jul 2019

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

Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
14 Jun 2019

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

Press / Media

Bouwen door te klikken en plakken

Herm Hofmeyer

17/02/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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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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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Bond behavior of CFRP and flexible adhesive in masonry walls: experimental and numerical research

Author: Asahaad, M., 26 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Vermeltfoort, A. (Supervisor 1), Türkmen, Ö. (Supervisor 2), Wijte, S. (Supervisor 2) & Bosco, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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