Ron H.J. Peerlings

  • 4033 Citations
1993 …2020

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“The mechanical response of a material is often governed by one particular process in the material’s microstructure, at one particular spatial scale. Being able to identify this process and capture it in a model which is as simple as possible is extremely rewarding scientifically as well as industrially.”

Research profile

Ron Peerlings is an Associate Professor in the Mechanics of Materials group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is involved in teaching and research in the field of mechanics of materials. His current research interests include micromechanics, micro-plasticity, structure–property relations, homogenisation, multiscale modelling, damage, fracture and enriched continua, as well as the computational methods associated with them. Most of his work has a theoretical/modelling nature, but always motivated by an industrial problem and often supported by experiments. Material systems he works on are advanced high-strength steels, composites and fibrous networks such as textiles and paper.

Academic background

Ron obtained his PhD in 1999 from TU/e. His advisors were René de Borst and Marcel Brekelmans. His PhD thesis is entitled `Enhanced damage modelling for fracture and fatigue'. The project was aimed at developing mathematically consistent Continuum Damage models, which do not suffer from pathological localization and mesh sensitivity. Ron became an Assistant Professor at TU/e in 2000 and an Associate Professor in 2007. From November 1999 until May 2000 Ron worked together with Prof. Norman Fleck at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge on enriched effective relations for heterogeneous elastic materials.

Affiliated with

  • Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics
  • Eindhoven Multiscale Institute
  • 4TU Research Centre High-Tech Materials 

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Materials innovation institute M2i
  • Tata Steel
  • Océ
  • DSM

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Research Output

Fracture in multi-phase materials: Why some microstructures are more critical than others

de Geus, T. W. J., Peerlings, R. H. J. & Geers, M. G. D., 1 Jan 2017, In : Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 169, p. 354-370 17 p.

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    A multiscale quasicontinuum method for dissipative lattice models and discrete networks

    Beex, L. A. A., Peerlings, R. H. J. & Geers, M. G. D., 2014, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 64, 1, p. 154-169

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    Mechanics of dislocation pile-ups : a unification of scaling regimes

    Scardia, L., Peerlings, R. H. J., Peletier, M. A. & Geers, M. G. D., 2014, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 70, p. 42-61 20 p.

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  • 23 Citations (Scopus)

    Gradient enhanced damage for quasi-brittle materials

    Peerlings, R. H. J., Borst, de, R., Brekelmans, W. A. M. & Vree, de, J. H. P., 1996, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 39, 19, p. 3391-3403

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    Student theses

    A computational study on the role of glide plane interaction on the dislocation behavior by means of the Peierls-Naborro model

    Author: Garcia Rodriguez, A., 11 Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Bormann, F. (Supervisor 1) & Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Analytical homogenization of 3D printed unidirectional microstructures

    Author: Deen, I., 26 May 2016

    Supervisor: Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 1) & van der Sluis, O. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A Newton solver for micromorphic computational homogenization with applications to pattern-transforming metamaterials

    Author: van Bree, S. E., 7 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Peerlings, R. H. (Supervisor 1) & Rokoš, O. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An explanation for changes in subchondral bone during osteoarthritis

    Author: van den Broek, P., 31 Aug 2006

    Supervisor: Huiskes, H. (Supervisor 1), Huyghe, J. (Supervisor 2), Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 2), Ruimerman, R. (Supervisor 2) & Wilson, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Assessing computational models of paper hygro-expansion on their accuracy regarding bond swelling

    Author: van der Schaft, O., 3 Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Peerlings, R. H. (Supervisor 1) & Dave, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master