Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The rapid evolution of the built environment involves a growing complexity of structural design activities, including aspects of material-efficiency and sustainability, durability, retrofitting of buildings, structural safety and reliability, and structural optimization. The research program Structural Engineering and Design (SED) has included these aspects in its research portfolio through the definition of corresponding research directions for its chairs, which are Innovative Structural Design (chair group ISD), Applied Mechanics (chair group AM), Steel Structures, Aluminium Structures (together forming chair group SAS), Concrete Structures, and Sustainment of Concrete Structures (together chair group CMS).

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Forefront research on the mechanical behaviour, optimisation, and design of structural systems, elements, and materials, ensures a safe, functional, aesthetic and sustainable built environment.

Organisational profile

SED contributes to the forefront of challenging technological developments. For the chair of Innovative Structural Design this applies to its research on lightweight, adaptive, or otherwise innovative structures. Examples are the computational parametric modelling and form-finding of textile structures and the design and actual construction of reinforced ice structures. In addition, the work on bio-based structural materials is worth mentioning. Further on the activities include the evaluation of the potential to transform existing buildings towards a circular economy. The chair of Applied Mechanics has a strong international reputation in the modelling of failure (plasticity, fracture, damage, phase transformations) and deformation of advanced engineering materials. The coupled modelling of the mechanical behaviour of materials with other physical processes finds relevant applications within collaborative PhD research projects on the chemical degradation of concrete sewer systems, the damage development of historical museum objects under varying 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 optimisation. The research in the chairs Steel Structures and Aluminium Structures encompasses the structural behaviour and fatigue of building components and structures made from steel, aluminium, and glass. In the chair of Concrete Structures, one of the highlights is the advanced research in 3D-printing of concrete structures, besides research on the sustainable concrete and masonry structures. The research within the program has led to a substantial number of articles in high-quality scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. The impact of the used journals is 1.41 times higher than the world average in the field. Also more than 50% of the publications have been co-authored with members from other organisations.

An important goal of the program is the valorisation of its research results towards relevant engineering applications, thereby contributing to the practical understanding of structures, structural design processes, and building materials. In addition, high-quality laboratory research performed with external funding provides applicable knowledge to the building industry and engineering consultancy firms, acting as a cradle for novel solutions to complex design problems. Of strong societal value is also the participation of staff members in the development of the European building codes, the Eurocodes (EC's). Additionally, SED participates in the Research School Integral Design of Structures, the Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics, and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute. The program is also involved in the 3TU.Bouw Centre of Excellence for the Built Environment.

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Timber Engineering & Materials Science
Steel Engineering & Materials Science
Concretes Engineering & Materials Science
Bearings (structural) Engineering & Materials Science
Buckling Engineering & Materials Science
Structural design Engineering & Materials Science
Stiffness Engineering & Materials Science
Fatigue of materials Engineering & Materials Science

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No photo of Zeeshan Y. Ahmed

Zeeshan Y. Ahmed

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

Photo of Gabi Bertram

Gabi Bertram

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1969 2020

2 Downloads (Pure)

Design and characterization of variable stiffness structural joints

Wang, Q., Senatore, G., Jansen, K., Habraken, A. & Teuffel, P., Feb 2020, In : Materials and Design. 187, 17 p., 108353.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Shape memory effect
Dynamic response

Environmental analysis of concrete deep foundations: Influence of prefabrication, concrete strength, and design codes

Pujadas-Gispert, E., Sanjuan-Delmás, D., de la Fuente, A., Moonen, S. P. G. F. & Josa, A., 20 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 244, 11 p., 118751.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cast in place concrete
Environmental impact
Dynamic loads
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
carbon fibers


3D Concrete Printing

Theo A.M. Salet (Manager)

Concrete Structures

Facility/equipment: Research lab

Structural design
Architectural design
Concrete construction

Structural Research Laboratory

H.M. Lamers (Manager)

Laboratory for SD

Facility/equipment: Research lab

Research laboratories
Computer program listings


1st prize International Design Competition for a Center for Contemporary Art

Gerald Lindner (Recipient), 24 Apr 2010

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

4TU Lighthouse project, Terra Ink

Arno Pronk (Recipient), Michela Turrin (Recipient) & Tomasso Venturini (Recipient), 5 Jan 2017

Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific


55th TU/e Anniversary Award, theme Energy

Alexander Suma (Recipient), 2011

Prize: TU/eOtherScientific

Activities 1997 2020

Ocean Engineering (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
9 Jan 2020

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

Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
16 Dec 2019

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

Automation in Construction (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
6 Dec 2019

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

Press / Media

Making a 3D-Printed House into a Home

Theo A.M. Salet


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

United States : Tracking Lab-Grown Tissue With Light

Zeeshan Y. Ahmed


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

3D concrete printing: research and development of a structural reinforcement system for 3D printing with concrete

Author: Jutinov, E., 31 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Salet, T. (Supervisor 1), Bos, F. (Supervisor 2) & Ahmed, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


3MO-TION: 3DCP movement and circulation

Author: Zambotti, A., 30 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Kuit, B. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, S. (Supervisor 2) & Ahmed, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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