Associate Professor

Ron Peerlings

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.

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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.

Educational Activities

  • Fracture Mechanics – Theory and Application
  • Preparation phase graduation project
  • Bachelor final project CEM - Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational mechanics - numerical methods for fluids and solids
  • Computer aided engineering

Ancillary Activities

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