Forefront research on the mechanical behaviour, optimisation, and design of structural systems, elements, and materials, ensures a safe, functional, aesthetic and sustainable built environment.
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.Read more
The Aluminium research area focuses on the general aspects of aluminium design as well as its integration with related building aspects.
The chair of Applied Mechanics (AM) examines the mechanical and physical behaviour of materials and structures at various length scales.
The chair of Structural Design of Concrete Structures provides education aiming to design safe concrete (and masonry) structures, carries...
Innovative Structural Design
Integral designThe chair of Innovative Structural Design (ISD) focuses on the basic knowledge and understanding of structural principles, in...
Addressing education, design and research of steel structures The Chair of Structural Design (Steel Structures) focuses on structural...
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
A strength and deformation model for timber loaded in compression perpendicular to grainTimber, bonds, connections, structures (2018)
Suppressing buckling of a slender high-strength steel column by glass panesStructural Engineering International (2015)
Comparing and quantifying the structural flexibility of three buildings in The NetherlandsProceedings of the Workshop on Concepts and Methods for Steel Intensive Building Projects (2012)
Structural flexibility in relation to integrated service life design of buildingsProceedings of the Third International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2012), 3-6 October 2012, Vienna, Austria (2012)
Sustainability of constructions : towards a better built environmentProceedings of the Final Cost C25 Conference, Innsbruck (2012)