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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    Research Output

    A process classification framework for defining and describing Digital Fabrication with Concrete

    Buswell, R., Leal da Silva, W., Bos, F. P., Schipper, H. R. R., Lowke, D., Hack, N., Kloft, H., Mechtcherine, V., Wangler, T. & Roussel, N., Aug 2020, In : Cement and Concrete Research. 134, 106068.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    CCR Digital Concrete 2020 SI: Editorial

    Bos, F. P., Wolfs, R. J. M. & Salet, T. A. M., Sep 2020, In : Cement and Concrete Research. 135, 4 p., 106157.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademic


    Structural Research Laboratory

    H.M. Lamers (Manager)

    Laboratory for SD

    Facility/equipment: Research lab

  • Prizes

    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

    Rossella Ferraro (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: TU/eOtherScientific


    Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

    Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
    22 Jun 2020

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

    case studies in construction materials (Journal)

    Freek P. Bos (Peer reviewer)
    14 Jun 2020

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

    Journal of Constructional Steel Research (Journal)

    H.H. (Bert) Snijder (Peer reviewer)
    8 Jun 2020

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

    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


    3D concrete printing in architecture: a research on the potential benefits of 3D concrete printing in the construction of residential buildings in the Netherlands

    Author: Marijnissen, M., 31 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: de Vries, B. (Supervisor 1), van der Zee, A. (Supervisor 2) & Willems, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    3D printing of concrete structures

    Author: Wolfs, R., 2015

    Supervisor: Salet, T. (Supervisor 1), Beetz, J. (Supervisor 2), Zimmermann, G. (External person) (External coach) & Hendriks, L. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master