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20032021

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“Within a society there is no such thing as ‘just a technical problem’.”

Research profile

Rijk Blok is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the chair of ISD: Innovative Structural Design. His key areas of expertise include structural design and analysis, service life and sustainability of (circular) building and bridge structures, bio-based structures, construction engineering and project management.

As a Structural Designer and Researcher, Rijk is not only interested in solving challenging structural problems but also realizing these innovative (structural) solutions within the context of (a sustainable) society. He is currently working on design and research in the following areas:

- Bio-Composite materials and bridge structures  

- Circular Building  

- Estimated Service Life in relation to the Reuse Potential (circularity) of building structures 
- Wind Impact on High Rise Building structures, with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)  

- Seismic Base Isolation for existing houses in Groningen, Netherlands   

- Innovative connections for (space) frame bamboo structures
- Ice bridge and Ice tower, student projects 2016, Finland and 2017/2018 Harbin, China
 

He is member of  

- ECCS member TC14: sustainable steel structures

- European Cost action TU 1304: Winercost, Wind energy and smart cities (MC member)

- Het Groen Brein: a Dutch scientific cross-disciplinary cooperation of scientists for a sustainable future https://hetgroenebrein.nl/

- European Cost action C12 Sustainability of Constructions (Chairman WG1)
 

Academic background

Rijk Blok obtained his degree in Architectural and Structural design from TU/e in1986. From 1986 to 1988 he worked at a steel construction company in Brabant, the Netherlands, and from 1988 to 1990 he worked for an architectural firm in London, U.K.

In addition to his position at TU/e, Rijk is an independent consultant at his own firm, W5A Structures. Examples of previous projects in which he was the responsible structural designer:
 
- “Happy Street”: Dutch Pavilion 2010 Shanghai World Expo   

- “Better Shelter”: Refugee housing unit (Ikea/ UNHCR): Lightweight steel structure  

- Steel bridge over Piushaven, Tilburg Netherlands (with Witteveen en Bos)
- Biesbosch museum, Werkendam, Netherlands   

- Bamboo and earth-bag structure for school project in Nepal (Help for a Home)  
- European Cost action C12 Sustainability of Constructions (Chairman WG1)
 

 

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Bio-based composite footbridge: design, production and in situ monitoring

Blok, R., Smits, J., Gkaidatzis, R. & Teuffel, P., 3 Jul 2019, In : Structural Engineering International. 29, 3, p. 453-465 13 p.

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    Bio-based construction materials for a sustainable future

    Blok, R., Kuit, B., Schröder, T. & Teuffel, P., 2019, 20th Congress of IABSE, New York City 2019: The Evolving Metropolis - Report. p. 860-866 7 p.

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  • Prizes

    Innovation Award "Biocomposite of the Year 2017", 3rd prize

    Patrick M. Teuffel (Recipient) & R. Blok (Recipient), 6 Dec 2017

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

  • Activities

    Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Journal)

    Rijk Blok (Peer reviewer)
    1 Jan 20171 Jan 2018

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

    http://hetgroenebrein.nl/

    Rijk Blok (Member)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyProfessional

    WINERCOST Strategic Workshop Trends and Challenges for Wind Energy Harvesting, March 30-31, 2015, Coimbra, Portugal (Event)

    Rijk Blok (Member)
    20152019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    eccs European Steel organisation (External organisation)

    Rijk Blok (Member)
    20122018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Lid Management Team COST C25: Sustainability of constructions, Tweede bijeenkomst Management Committee en eerste werkgroepvergadering, Eindhoven

    Rijk Blok (Organiser)
    13 Dec 2006

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Press / Media

    Hemp used for world’s first ‘bio-based’ bridge

    Rijk Blok

    20/01/17

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Sci & Tech: Hemp hits new high as building material on Dutch bridge

    Rijk Blok

    19/01/17

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Dutch bridge constructed using hemp as building material

    Rijk Blok

    19/01/17

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Hemp hits new high as building material on Dutch bridge

    Rijk Blok

    18/01/1719/01/17

    15 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Dutch "biobridge" made from hemp and flax fibres

    Rijk Blok & Patrick Teuffel

    18/01/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    A2-kantoortoren te Maastricht : stadspoort van Maastricht

    Author: Sips, R., 30 Apr 2003

    Supervisor: Kleinman, C. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, P. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Aanpasbaarheid van de draagconstructie: onderzoek naar de haalbaarheid en ontwerp van verplaatsbare kolommen in een draagconstructie

    Author: Trines, W., 30 Nov 2014

    Supervisor: Gijsbers, R. (Supervisor 1), Lichtenberg, J. (Supervisor 2), Dominicus, M. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Amsterdam - IJ-as Olympische Spelen 2028: Olympisch Tenniscomplex Amsterdam

    Author: Moors, A., 31 Oct 2009

    Supervisor: van Zuuk, R. (Supervisor 1), Brodruck, R. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Baden in (de) technische ruimte: een ontmoeting tussen techneuten rond de techniek van zwembaden

    Author: van Houtum, M., 30 Apr 2012

    Supervisor: Dekkers, J. (Supervisor 1), Moonen, S. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Badpaviljoen Sonsbeek: alles stroomt

    Author: van Donselaar, J., 31 Aug 2012

    Supervisor: Dekkers, J. (Supervisor 1), Moonen, S. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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