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Research profile

Igo Besselink is an Associate Professor and Chair of Vehicle Dynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key area of expertise is Vehicle Dynamics: the analysis of road vehicle motions, vibrations and stability as a result of steering, driving, braking and external disturbances.Igo’s main research interests aredynamics of commercial vehicles, tire behavior and modeling, battery electric vehicles and vehicle control

Research focuses on simulation model development, to analyze and improve the performance of road vehicles. Validation of these models by means of experiments has a veryhigh priority and multiple test rigs and prototype vehicles are under active development in the Automotive Technology lab of the TU/e. Ultimately the aim is toward safe and efficient transport with minimized impact on the environment. Looking ahead, he aims to research autonomous operation of articulated commercial vehicles in confined areas (such as distribution centers).

Academic background

Igo studied mechanical engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and obtained his MSc(with credit) in the field of vehicle dynamics in 1990. Following this, he joined Fokker Aircraft, worked in the field of landing gear dynamics. In 1996, Igo joined TNO Automotive and was responsible for the development and implementation of the ‘Delft-Tyre’ simulation software and worked on a thesis on shimmy stability of aircraft main landing gears, which was completed in 2000. He received his PhD from TU Delft 2000. 

In 2002 Igo started working as a part-time lecturer in the field of vehicle dynamics at TU/e.He became aFull Time assistant professor in 2008 and was appointed as associate professor in 2016. Igo has supervised 6 PhD students and over 80 Master students. He is (co)-author of over 50 journal and conference publications combined. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Vehicle System Dynamics.

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Research Output 1994 2019

Analysis of high capacity vehicles for Europe: application of performance based standards and improving manoeuvrability

Kural, K., 3 Oct 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 198 p.

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

Open Access

Energy consumption prediction for electric city buses

Beckers, C. J. J., Besselink, I. J. M., Frints, J. J. M. & Nijmeijer, H., 4 Jun 2019 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

Open Access
Energy utilization
Electric batteries
Electric vehicles

Implementation and validation of a three degrees of freedom steering-system model in a full vehicle model

Loof, J., Besselink, I. J. M. & Nijmeijer, H., 1 Jan 2019, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 57, 1, p. 86-107 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Tractors (truck)
Truck trailers

Tire characteristics and modeling

Besselink, I. J. M., 1 Jan 2019, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Courses and Lectures. Cham: Springer, p. 47-108 62 p. (CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Courses and Lectures; vol. 582)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)
Energy utilization
Battery electric vehicles
Parameter estimation


Road Vehicle Dynamics

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Spectrum of Automotive

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Vehicle Dynamics

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Student theses

Active trailer steering control for longer heavier vehicles

Author: Hatzidimitris, P., 31 Oct 2015

Supervisor: van de Wouw, N. (Supervisor 1), Kural, K. (Supervisor 2), Besselink, I. (Supervisor 2) & Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

An active suspension system: capable of economically leveling a car during cornering

Author: Leegwater, M., 31 Oct 2007

Supervisor: Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 1), Veldpaus, F. (Supervisor 2), Besselink, I. (Supervisor 2), Evers, W. (Supervisor 2) & Schmeitz, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Analysis of the Lupo battery electric vehicle energy usage

Author: Lipsch, B., 31 Oct 2012

Supervisor: Besselink, I. (Supervisor 1) & Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

An analytical approach to dynamic irregular tyre wear

Author: Veen, J., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Besselink, I. (Supervisor 1), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2), van der Steen, J. (External person) (Supervisor 2), van Benthem, H. (Supervisor 2) & Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Application of bilateral control in steer-by-wire

Author: van Raaij, D., 31 Mar 2008

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Besselink, I. (Supervisor 2), Christiansson, G. (External person) (External coach), Damen, A. (Supervisor 2), Serrarens, A. (Supervisor 2), Bonsen, B. (Supervisor 2) & Evertz, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master