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“Every minute part of an airplane has a detailed failure model associated to it. The failing human heart, responsible for a death toll of 7 million a year, has not.” - Inaugural lecture, 2017, Limerick

Research profile

Jacques Huyghe is an Associate Professor in the section Energy Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His current research is focused on porous media mechanics of swelling materials with applications in the field of biomechanics, prosthesis design and petroleum engineering. Interests include application of advanced mechanics to biological tissues, including spine, cardiac muscle, skeletal muscle, cartilage and skin, multiphysics phenomena in swelling media, continuum description of blood perfusion, interfacial phenomena at the microscale, fracture in porous media and non-linear finite elements coupled to microscopic experimental research.

His group has developed a poromechanical FE description of highly deformable gels such as the cytoskeleton of a living cell and is presently exploring biological applications of diffusiophoresis and developing a failure model of the human heart. Experimentally, he works on lens-free imaging and optical tweezing.

Academic background

Jacques Huyghe holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He received his PhD from TU/e in 1986. After a stint as Assistant Professorship at Maastricht University, he was nominated as a fellow of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1996 to 2001 in Eindhoven University of Technology. He has been associate Professor in Eindhoven University of Technology from 2001 to 2013. In addition to his work at TU/e, Jacques Bernal is Chair of Biomedical Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Jacques is a steering member of the Poromechanics Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers.   He was associate editor of the J. Biomech. Engng. of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is presently editorial member of the journal Biorheology, and  Transport in Porous Media. He is member of the Solid Mechanics Committee of the European Society of Mechanics as well as founding member of the International Society for Porous Media.

Affiliated with

  • International Society for Porous Media (Interpore.org)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE.org)
  • European Society of Mechanics (Euromech.org)

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Procter and Gamble, Schwalbach, Germany
  • Dassault Systèmes, ABAQUS, Living Heart.
  • OCE-CANON, Venlo
  • Boston Scientific, Galway, Ireland

Education/Academic qualification

Eindhoven University of Technology

1 Oct 198031 Jan 1986

Maharishi Intenational University

Belgian Army, Genie Militaire

1 Sep 197931 Aug 1980

Ghent University

5 Oct 19747 Jul 1979

External positions


1 Apr 2013 → …

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Research Output

On the numerical simulation of crack interaction in hydraulic fracturing

Remij, E. W., Remmers, J. J. C., Huyghe, J. M. R. J. & Smeulders, D. M. J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Computational Geosciences. 22, 1, p. 423–437 15 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Interaction between crack tip advancement and fluid flow in fracturing saturated porous media

    Cao, T. D., Milanese, E., Remij, E. W., Rizzato, P., Remmers, J. J. C., Simoni, L., Huyghe, J. M. R. J., Hussain, F. & Schrefler, B. A., 1 Mar 2017, In : Mechanics Research Communications. 80, p. 24–37 14 p.

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  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
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    A computational spinal motion segment model incorporating a matrix composition-based model of the intervertebral disc

    Barthelemy, V. M. P., Rijsbergen, van, M. M., Wilson, W., Huyghe, J. M. R. J., Rietbergen, van, B. & Ito, K., 2016, In : Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 54, p. 194-204

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  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
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    Convection associated with exclusion zone formation in colloidal suspensions

    Musa, S., Florea, D., Wyss, H. M. & Huyghe, J. M. R. J., 20 Jan 2016, In : Soft Matter. 12, 4, p. 1127-1132 6 p.

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  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    8 Downloads (Pure)
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  • 38 Citations (Scopus)
    135 Downloads (Pure)


    Procter & Gamble InterPore Award

    Jacques Huyghe (Recipient), 2013

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    Innovation Award by KBC-bank

    Jacques Huyghe (Recipient), 2013

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    Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - Fellowship

    Jacques Huyghe (Recipient), 1996

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    Shell donation

    Jacques Huyghe (Recipient), 1995

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    • 2 Contributed talk

    Euromech 290 : Mechanics of swelling. 23 – 27 August 1993. Rhodos, Greece

    Jacques Huyghe (Speaker)
    23 Aug 1993

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    Student theses

    3D FE implementation of an incompressible quadriphasic mixture model for large deformations

    Author: van Loon, R., 28 Feb 2001

    Supervisor: Baaijens, F. (Supervisor 1) & Huyghe, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A compressible biphasic mixture theory with a fluid content dependent stiffness

    Author: Cornelissen, L., 30 Jun 2004

    Supervisor: Baaijens, F. (Supervisor 1), Oomens, C. (Supervisor 2), Huyghe, J. (Supervisor 2), Bovendeerd, P. (Supervisor 2) & van Donkelaar, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A finite element model of blood perfusion

    Author: Baert, S., 30 Jun 1998

    Supervisor: Mattheij, R. (Supervisor 1), Kaasschieter, E. (Supervisor 2) & Huyghe, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A mathematical model for platelet adhesion and activation: application to cerebral arteries

    Author: Lourens, M., 31 Aug 2007

    Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), Nicolaij, K. (Supervisor 2), Bovendeerd, P. (Supervisor 2), Huyghe, J. (Supervisor 2) & van Riel, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A new method for analysing FRAP data in inhomogeneous tissues: application in the growth plate

    Author: Sniekers, Y., 29 Feb 2004

    Supervisor: Huiskes, H. (Supervisor 1), van Donkelaar, C. (Supervisor 2), Huyghe, J. (Supervisor 2) & Broers, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master