• 4802 Citaten
1989 …2020
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Persoonlijk profiel


“Long-term failure of polymers: dealing with the inevitable”

Research profile

Leon Govaert is an Associate Professor of polymer mechanics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on the mechanical performance of solid polymers and polymer composites (“polymer mechanics”) covering the fields of polymer physics (phenomenology of deformation and its molecular or microstructural origin), polymer science (design of materials with improved performance), and polymer engineering (design of products with optimized performance). The ultimate aim is to develop a methodology that allows quantitative assessment of the short-term (impact) and long-term (fatigue) response of polymer products, taking into account the material’s time-dependent deformation and failure response as well as the influence of processing conditions and changes in performance during practical use (ageing, degradation); methodologies that allow for performance optimization, already in the early stages of design.

Academic background

Leon Govaert studied Mechanical Engineering at TU/e, where he obtained his PhD. In addition to his work at TU/e, Leon is also a professor in Mechanics of Polymeric Materials at the faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente. Here, he focuses on research in the area of time-dependent failure of thermoplastic composites. This research is relevant to the reliable application of these materials in lightweight constructions and is a direct extension of his work on polymer mechanics in Eindhoven. Leon is appointed as the permanent organizing chair of the triennial conference series on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers (DYFP), one of the mayor international events related to the mechanics of polymeric materials.

Affiliated with

  • Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories
  • PTN: National Dutch Graduate School in Polymer Science & Technology

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • DSM
  • Sabic
  • Solvay
  • Borealis

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  • 5 Vergelijkbare profielen
Polymers Chemische stoffen
polycarbonate Chemische stoffen
Yield stress Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Kinetics Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Polycarbonates Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
polymers Fysica en Astronomie
Polypropylenes Chemische stoffen
Strain rate Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen

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Onderzoeksoutput 1989 2020

270 Citaties (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)

Mechanical performance of polymer systems: The relation between structure and properties

Meijer, H. E. H. & Govaert, L. E., 2005, In : Progress in Polymer Science. 30, 8-9, blz. 915-938

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Industrial research
Molecular structure
molecular structure
21 Citaties (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Predicting the long-term mechanical performance of polycarbonate from thermal history during injection molding

Engels, T. A. P., Breemen, van, L. C. A., Govaert, L. E. & Meijer, H. E. H., 2009, In : Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 294, 12, blz. 829-939

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Injection molding
Yield stress
34 Citaties (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Rate- and temperature-dependent strain hardening of polycarbonate

Senden, D. J. A., Krop, S., Dommelen, van, J. A. W. & Govaert, L. E., 2012, In : Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics. 50, 24, blz. 1680-1693 14 blz.

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strain hardening
Strain hardening
19 Citaties (Scopus)
501 Downloads (Pure)

The prediction of mechanical performance of isotactic polypropylene on the basis of processing conditions

Caelers, H. J. M., Govaert, L. E. & Peters, G. W. M., 18 jan 2016, In : Polymer. 83, blz. 116-128 13 blz.

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Open Access
Yield stress
Crystallization kinetics
18 Citaties (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)

Competition between plasticity-controlled and crack-growth controlled failure in static and cyclic fatigue of thermoplastic polymer systems

Kanters, M. J. W., Kurokawa, T. & Govaert, L. E., 1 apr 2016, In : Polymer Testing. 50, blz. 101-110 10 blz.

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Crack propagation
Fatigue of materials



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A micromechanical approach to time dependent failure of transversely loaded composites

Auteur: Schellens, H., 30 apr 1998

Begeleider: Govaert, L. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Peijs, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Meijer, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A multi mode approximation of the deformation behaviour of glassy polymers

Auteur: Klompen, E., 31 okt 1996

Begeleider: Meijer, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Govaert, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Tervoort, T. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

A new modelling approach of rate dependent softening in glassy polymers

Auteur: Baselmans, H., 31 aug 2002

Begeleider: Meijer, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Govaert, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Klompen, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

An experimental and numerical study of a planar blanking process

Auteur: Stegeman, Y., 30 jun 1997

Begeleider: Baaijens, F. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Goijaerts, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Govaert, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

A preliminary study on the causes of tilt in a CD-RW

Auteur: van Overveld, N., 31 aug 1999

Begeleider: Meijer, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Dijksman, J. (Externe coach), Peters, G. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Govaert, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master