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Hans van Dommelen is Associate Professor of Micromechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are micromechanics of materials: structure-property relations for both mechanical and functional material behavior. He has a special interest in the physics of deformation of crystalline and heterogeneous materials. The research conducted by his group has applications ranging from nuclear fusion reactors to 3d printing and couples the functional properties to the (micro)structure of a material and the physical mechanisms within this microstructure. The tools used to achieve this coupling consist of microstructural modelling of representative parts of the structure, at which level the relevant physical processes can be included, and coupling of length scales via various homogenization techniques, in combination with experimental characterization.

Academic background

Hans van Dommelen studied Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Here, he received his PhD, on the subject of micromechanics of particle-modified semicrystalline polymers in 2003. From August 1999 until February 2000, he worked at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 and 2004 he spent some time working at the Center for Applied Biomechanics of the University of Virginia. In 2010-2012, he was a visiting scientist at Cambridge University. In 2003, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at TU/e and since 2013 is Associate Professor in Micromechanics at TU/e.

Affiliated with

Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics

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Research Output 1999 2020

157 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Micromechanical modeling of the elasto-viscoplastic bahavior of semi-crystalline polymers

Dommelen, van, J. A. W., Parks, D. M., Boyce, M. C., Brekelmans, W. A. M. & Baaijens, F. P. T., 2003, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 51, 3, p. 519-541

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Plastic flow
plastic flow
Crystalline materials
Molecular orientation
67 Citations (Scopus)
151 Downloads (Pure)

Multi-scale mechanics of traumatic brain injury : predicting axonal strains from head loads

Cloots, R. J. H., Dommelen, van, J. A. W., Kleiven, S. & Geers, M. G. D., 2013, In : Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. 12, 1, p. 137-150 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Loads (forces)
6 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)
Polyethylene Terephthalates
polyethylene terephthalate
Mechanical Behavior
Polyethylene terephthalates
Metal foil

Experimental characterization and modeling of the mechanical behavior of brittle 3D printed food

Jonkers, N., van Dommelen, J. A. W. H. & Geers, M. G. D., 2020, In : Journal of Food Engineering. 278, August 2020, 11 p., 109941.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
mechanical properties
3 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Thermal load
Grain boundaries

Student theses

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


Biomechanics of traumatic brain injury: influences of the morphologic heterogeneities of the cerebral cortex

Author: Cloots, R., 31 Mar 2007

Supervisor: Baaijens, F. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2) & Peters, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Characterization and modeling of interfacial adhesion for semiconductor applications covering the full range of mode mixity

Author: Thijsse, J., 30 Jun 2006

Supervisor: Geers, M. (Supervisor 1), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2), Luijten, C. (Supervisor 2), Hoefnagels, J. (Supervisor 2), van der Sluis, O. (External coach) & van Driel, W. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Computational plasticity for very large strains: a Eulerian approach

Author: Dautzenberg, L., 30 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2) & Hulsen, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Computational visco-plasticity for kinematically constrained crystals

Author: van Dommelen, J., 31 Mar 1999

Supervisor: Baaijens, F. (Supervisor 1) & Brekelmans, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master