Structural Engineering and Design


Introductie / missie

The rapid evolution of the built environment involves a growing complexity of structural design activities, including aspects of material-efficiency and sustainability, durability, retrofitting of buildings, structural safety and reliability, and structural optimization. The research program Structural Engineering and Design (SED) has included these aspects in its research portfolio through the definition of corresponding research directions for its chairs, which are Innovative Structural Design (chair group ISD), Applied Mechanics (chair group AM), Steel Structures, Aluminium Structures (together forming chair group SAS), Concrete Structures, and Sustainment of Concrete Structures (together chair group CMS).

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Forefront research on the mechanical behaviour, optimisation, and design of structural systems, elements, and materials, ensures a safe, functional, aesthetic and sustainable built environment.

Over de organisatie

SED contributes to the forefront of challenging technological developments. For the chair of Innovative Structural Design this applies to its research on lightweight, adaptive, or otherwise innovative structures. Examples are the computational parametric modelling and form-finding of textile structures and the design and actual construction of reinforced ice structures. In addition, the work on bio-based structural materials is worth mentioning. Further on the activities include the evaluation of the potential to transform existing buildings towards a circular economy. The chair of Applied Mechanics has a strong international reputation in the modelling of failure (plasticity, fracture, damage, phase transformations) and deformation of advanced engineering materials. The coupled modelling of the mechanical behaviour of materials with other physical processes finds relevant applications within collaborative PhD research projects on the chemical degradation of concrete sewer systems, the damage development of historical museum objects under varying climate conditions, the optimization and durability of wind turbines, and the thermal resistance of steel structures. In addition, multi-disciplinary optimization of buildings is researched via a combination of conceptual design process simulation and computing science optimisation. The research in the chairs Steel Structures and Aluminium Structures encompasses the structural behaviour and fatigue of building components and structures made from steel, aluminium, and glass. In the chair of Concrete Structures, one of the highlights is the advanced research in 3D-printing of concrete structures, besides research on the sustainable concrete and masonry structures. The research within the program has led to a substantial number of articles in high-quality scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. The impact of the used journals is 1.41 times higher than the world average in the field. Also more than 50% of the publications have been co-authored with members from other organisations.

An important goal of the program is the valorisation of its research results towards relevant engineering applications, thereby contributing to the practical understanding of structures, structural design processes, and building materials. In addition, high-quality laboratory research performed with external funding provides applicable knowledge to the building industry and engineering consultancy firms, acting as a cradle for novel solutions to complex design problems. Of strong societal value is also the participation of staff members in the development of the European building codes, the Eurocodes (EC's). Additionally, SED participates in the Research School Integral Design of Structures, the Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics, and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute. The program is also involved in the 3TU.Bouw Centre of Excellence for the Built Environment.

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Geen foto van Zeeshan Y. Ahmed
Geen foto van Glenn Beersaerts

Glenn Beersaerts

Persoon: OWP : Docent / Onderzoeker

Foto van Jan L.I.F Belis

Projecten 2017 2020

EnergieNeutraal LEvensloopbestendig Bouwen

Moonen, F., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Sanders, M., van der Avoird, M., Moonen, F. & Moonen, I.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Bio based composite materials in Pavilion and Canopy design

Schröder, T., Klein, C., Klein, C., Gerrits, E., Blok, R., Teuffel, P. & Kuit, B.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 1969 2019

1 Citaat (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, blz. 561-577 17 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

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

A computational model for chemo-mechanical degradation of historical oil paintings due to metal soap formation

Eumelen, G., Bosco, E., Suiker, A. S. J., van Loon, A. & Iedema, P., 1 nov 2019, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 132, 21 blz., 103683

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Soaps (detergents)

Analysing optimisation data for multicriteria building spatial design

van der Blom, K., Boonstra, S., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 2019, Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization, 10th International Conference, EMO 2019, East Lansing, MI, USA, March 10-13, 2019, Proceedings. Deb, K., Goodman, E., Coello, C. A., Klamroth, K., Miettinen, K., Mostaghim, S. & Reed, P. (redactie). Springer, blz. 671-682 12 blz. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 11411)

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Mechanical engineering
Multiobjective optimization
Data mining
Hot Temperature


3D Concrete Printing

Theo Salet (Manager)

Concrete Structures

Uitrusting/faciliteit: Onderzoekslaboratorium

Structural design
Architectural design
Concrete construction

Structural Research Laboratory

Hans Lamers (Manager)

Laboratory for SD

Uitrusting/faciliteit: Onderzoekslaboratorium

Research laboratories
Computer program listings


1st prize International Design Competition for a Center for Contemporary Art

Gerald Lindner (Ontvanger), 24 apr 2010

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

4TU Lighthouse project, Terra Ink

Arno Pronk (Ontvanger), Michela Turrin (Ontvanger) & Tomasso Venturini (Ontvanger), 5 jan 2017

Prijs: AndersFellowships & membershipsWetenschappelijk


55th TU/e Anniversary Award, theme Energy

Rubina Ramponi (Ontvanger), 2011

Prijs: TU/eAndersWetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 1997 2019

Thin-Walled Structures (Tijdschrift)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
4 sep 2019

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkPublicatie peer-reviewWetenschappelijk

Thin-Walled Structures (Tijdschrift)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
3 sep 2019

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkPublicatie peer-reviewWetenschappelijk

Advanced Engineering Informatics (Tijdschrift)

Herm Hofmeyer (Peer reviewer)
28 aug 2019

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkPublicatie peer-reviewWetenschappelijk



Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Zeeshan Ahmed


4 items van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

United States : Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Zeeshan Ahmed


1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Promising class of photonic sensors can be used in high-radiation environments

Zeeshan Ahmed


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Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


3D concrete printing: research and development of a structural reinforcement system for 3D printing with concrete

Auteur: Jutinov, E., 31 okt 2017

Begeleider: Salet, T. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Bos, F. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Ahmed, Z. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


3MO-TION: 3DCP movement and circulation

Auteur: Zambotti, A., 30 apr 2019

Begeleider: Kuit, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van Hoof, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Ahmed, Z. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Accelerating early strength and stiffness development of a Portland cement-based mortar for 3D printing

Auteur: van der Meijde, G., 28 mei 2019

Begeleider: Wolfs, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Suiker, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Salet, T. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master