• 3671 Citations
1993 …2019
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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 1993 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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., Jan 2017, In : Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 169, p. 354-370

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)
Chemical activation
25 Citations (Scopus)

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Crystal defects
Crystal lattices
22 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

residual stress
Residual stresses
738 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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Brittle Materials
Constitutive models
Partial differential equations

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

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

Buckling delamination in rollable displays

Author: Panis, M., 31 Mar 2005

Supervisor: Veenendaal, E. (Supervisor 1), Bouten, P. C. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Characterisation of interfacial strength of low-k dielectric materials used in ICs

Author: Kouters, M., 31 Aug 2006

Supervisor: Geers, M. (Supervisor 1), den Toonder, J. (Supervisor 2), Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 2), van Hal, B. (Supervisor 2) & van Silfhout, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master