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Johan Maljaars is a Full Professor and Chair of Aluminium Structures at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Johan’s expertise is in the structural performance of aluminium structures, fatigue and fracture of metal structures and structural fire resistance of aluminium structures. His research interests in the area of advanced steel and aluminium structures, fatigue and fracture, structural design, joining technology and design, computational mechanics, and damage and fracture mechanics.By developing optimal response models and designs, Johan aims to strengthen and improve the position of aluminiumin the market.

Academic background

Johan Maljaars obtained his MScwith cum laude in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2001. After this, hebegan his professional carrier at TNO, where he is currently workingas a Senior Scientist for metal structures. From 2004 to 2008 he combined this position with a PhD at TU/e, which he received with honors. In 2014 he was appointed full professor at the unit of Structural Design of the Department of the Built Environment. He is currently doing research into the reliability level of fatigue-loaded bridges and other structures. Johan publishes in journals such as the International Journal of Fatigue and Thin Walled Structures.

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Research Output 2004 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

A cohesive XFEM model for simulating fatigue crack growth under mixed-mode loading and overloading

Dekker, R., van der Meer, F. P., Maljaars, J. & Sluys, L. J., 8 Jun 2019, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 118, 10, p. 561-577 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Fatigue Crack Growth
Mixed Mode
Fatigue crack propagation
Adaptive Meshing
Cohesive Zone Model

Added value of regular in-service visual inspection to the fatigue reliability of structural details in steel bridges

Hashemi, S., Maljaars, J. & Snijder, B., 2019, 5th International Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures – SMAR 2019: Proceedings.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Steel bridges
Fatigue of materials
Crack detection
Steel structures

Bending moment - shear force interaction of rolled I-shaped steel sections

Dekker, R. W. A., 9 Jan 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 249 p.

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

Evaluation of clamping force in hot-driven rivets of the Botlekbrug

Leonetti, D., Maljaars, J. & Snijder, B., 2019, Proceedings of the Belgian-Dutch IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium 2019, YEC 2019. De Pauw, B., Leonetti, D., Snijder, H. H. & De Pauw, B. (eds.). Belgian and Dutch National Groups of IABSE, p. 76-77 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Fatigue of materials
Bolted joints
Steel structures
Stress concentration

Fatigue assessment of an existing orthotropic steel deck to comply with future traffic intensity

Nagy, W., De Backer, H., Thierens, G., Blontrock, H., Van Bogaert, P., Reynaert, K. & Maljaars, J., 1 Jan 2019, 20th Congress of IABSE, New York City 2019: The Evolving Metropolis - Report. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, p. 712-718 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


Student theses

Analysis of plastic failure in case of a (fatigue) crack

Author: Hermus, J., 27 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 1), Leonetti, D. (Supervisor 2) & Snijder, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


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


Capacity P500 node curtain wall

Author: van de Schraaf, S., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 1), van Hove, B. (Supervisor 2) & Cox, T. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Compressed flange modelling of trapezoidal steel sheeting under combined web-crippling and bending moment

Author: Vervoort, E., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), Snijder, H. (Supervisor 2) & Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Creep of aluminum alloys exposed to fire conditions

Author: Soyal, Z., 30 Sep 2016

Supervisor: Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 1), van Hove, B. (Supervisor 2) & Hogewoning, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master