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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Zeeshan Y. Ahmed

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Glenn Beersaerts

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

Projects 2017 2020

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) to participate in Interreg NWE PowerVIBES project

Moonen, F., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., van der Avoird, M., Moonen, F., Sanders, M., Lenaers, P., Pujadas-Gispert, E., van Schie, F., Lazauskas, M. & van den Oever, J.


Project: Research direct

EnergieNeutraal LEvensloopbestendig Bouwen

Moonen, F., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Sanders, M., van der Avoird, M., Moonen, F. & Moonen, I.


Project: Research direct

Bio based composite materials in Pavilion and Canopy design

Schröder, T., Klein, C., Klein, C., Gerrits, E., Blok, R., Teuffel, P. & Kuit, B.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1969 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

A computational model for chemo-mechanical degradation of historical oil paintings due to metal soap formation

Eumelen, G., Bosco, E., Suiker, A. S. J., van Loon, A. & Iedema, P., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 132, 21 p., 103683

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Soaps (detergents)

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


3D Concrete Printing

Theo Salet (Manager)

Concrete Structures

Facility/equipment: Research lab

Structural design
Architectural design
Concrete construction

Structural Research Laboratory

Hans 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

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

4TU Lighthouse project, Terra Ink

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

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific


55th TU/e Anniversary Award, theme Energy

Alexander Suma (Recipient), 2011

Recognition: TU/eOtherScientific

Activities 1997 2019

Journal of Structural Engineering (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
7 Oct 2019

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

Advanced Engineering Informatics (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
24 Sep 2019

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

Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
4 Sep 2019

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

Press / Media

Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Zeeshan Ahmed


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

United States : Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Zeeshan Ahmed


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Photon radiation sensors survive huge doses without damage.

Zeeshan 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