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Hèrm Hofmeyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He enthusiastically focuses on two types of research. The first, Computational Structural Design, involves the application of Computer Science to building structures and their design process. Unique developments include automated zoning, iterative structural grammars, stabilization, generation of conformal geometries, simulations of co-evolutionary design processes, and structural optimization. Applying the high scientific standards of Applied Mechanics, the developments are verified with additional implementations, genetic algorithms, and case studies from practice.

The second type of research is related to the application and further development of the finite element method for structural engineering. Using experimental data, dedicated finite element models are developed to obtain in-depth knowledge on the structural behavior. Specifically for thin-walled structures, corner radii and supports with contact are modeled accurately, and dedicated solution strategies are followed to enable mode-jumping and failure mechanisms with a dynamical nature. The knowledge obtained is used for theoretical models that improve or compare current design rules.

Academic background

Hèrm Hofmeyer (1972) obtained an MSc in Computer Aided Structural Design/Applied Mechanics in 1994. Parallel to a part-time job as a responsible lecturer in architectural design studios, he was awarded a PhD in Applied Mechanics/Steel Structures in 2000. He was a visiting PhD student at Universität Stuttgart, Germany (Prof. E. Ramm) and QUT Brisbane, Australia (Prof. M. Mahendran). After his PhD, he became part-time Assistant Professor and unit board member Research Affairs, and part-time Specialist and Project Leader at ABT consulting engineers. Since 2006, he is a full-time Associate Professor with ‘Ius Promovendi’, the right to award PhD's, and was unit vice-chair up to 2016. Hèrm was also a visiting scholar at the Université de Liège, Belgium (Prof. J.-P. Jaspart), and RWTH Aachen, Germany (Prof. P. Russell).

Over 35 scientific articles, 60 scientific conference contributions, and 50 MSc-theses have been published, of which several awarded. Hèrm acts as reviewer for ISI journals; is member of conference scientific committees; and serves as jury member for (inter)national research foundations. Seven PhD positions have been obtained via external research funds, and he has additionally supervised two government-financed PhDs as a co-promotor. He received a University Teaching Qualification with highest distinction for 7 out of 8 criteria, and received the Bronze Award ‘MSc lecturer of the year’. Finally, he is member of ECCS-TC7, CIB-W78, and the Graduate School Engineering Mechanics.

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"Computer Science and Applied Mechanics are radically different from structural artefacts and their design process, similar to a CPU being fundamentally different from a programming language. Interestingly, their skillful application provides tremendous insights in the artefacts, and even more important, enlights the design processes that create them"

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Research Output 1995 2019

15 Citations

Coevolutionary and genetic algorithm based building spatial and structural design

Hofmeyer, H. & Davila Delgado, J. M., 2015, In : Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. 29, p. 351-370

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Structural design
Genetic algorithms
Finite element method
Shape optimization
Strain energy
1 Citations

Toolbox for super-structured and super-structure free multi-disciplinary building spatial design optimisation

Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H., Emmerich, M. T. M., van Schijndel, A. W. M. & de Wilde, P., 20 Mar 2018, In : Advanced Engineering Informatics. 36, p. 86-100 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Demonstrations
Design optimization
Hot Temperature
3 Citations

Direct strength method for web crippling—Lipped channels under EOF and IOF loading

Heurkens, R. A. J., Hofmeyer, H., Mahendran, M. & Snijder, H. H., 2018, In : Thin-Walled Structures. 123, p. 126-141

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Plastics
Buckling
Experiments
1 Citations

Automated two-way coupling of CFD fire simulations to thermomechanical FE analyses at the overall structural level

Feenstra, J. A., Hofmeyer, H., van Herpen, R. A. P. & Mahendran, M., 2018, In : Fire Safety Journal. 96, p. 165-175 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

charge flow devices
Computational fluid dynamics
Fires
Facades
simulation
2 Citations

The generation of hierarchic structures via robust 3D topology optimisation

Hofmeyer, H., Schevenels, M. & Boonstra, S., 13 Sep 2017, In : Advanced Engineering Informatics. 33, 2017, p. 440-455

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shape optimization
Timber
Concrete buildings
Structural design

Prizes

Best Master Lecturer - 3rd prize, TU/e, Department of the Built Environment, 2016

Herm Hofmeyer (Recipient), 2 Jun 2016

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

EG ICE 2016 Best Paper Award

Herm Hofmeyer (Recipient), 2016

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

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Activities 2005 2019

  • 27 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Invited talk

Advanced Engineering Informatics (Journal)

H. Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
27 Jan 2019

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

Advanced Engineering Informatics (Journal)

H. Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
28 Jan 2019

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

Fire Safety Journal (Journal)

H. Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
13 Jan 2019

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

Advanced Engineering Informatics (Journal)

H. Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
14 Sep 2018

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

Thin-Walled Structures (Journal)

H. Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
13 Jul 2018

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

Courses

Dimensioning of structures

1/09/13 → …

Course

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Student theses

Adaptive structures: dynamic active adaptability to minimise material use

Author: Sleddens, W., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Teuffel, P. (Supervisor 1), Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2) & Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Aluminium buisconstructies

Author: Taher, A., 31 Aug 2010

Supervisor: Soetens, F. (Supervisor 1), van Hove, B. (Supervisor 2) & Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Analysis of high-rise structures with flexible belt truss bracing subject to lateral loading

Author: Vlemminx, R., 2007

Supervisor: Hoenderkamp, J. (Supervisor 1), Snijder, H. (Supervisor 2) & Hofmeyer, H. (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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Behavior of intermediately stiffened compression flanges: buckling and post-buckling analysis

Author: van Lint, H., 31 Aug 2006

Supervisor: Bakker, M. (Supervisor 1), Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 2) & Soetens, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master