Mission statement


To study the mechanical behavior of innovative material systems and lightweight constructions under complex loading conditions by means of (combined) experimental testing and advanced numerical modeling, in close collaboration with our national and international academic and industrial partners.


In the Department of 'Mechanics of Materials and Constructions' (MEMC) fundamental and applied research is developed on the following themes: 

1. Durability - Reliability of polymer based composite systems

2. Mixed numerical-experimental techniques or inverse methods

3. Mineral polymers and their composites

4. Damage mechanics on material and structural levels

5. Non-destructive testing and experimental mechanics

6. Design and analysis of constructions

7. Renovation of buildings and civil engineering constructions. 

Software and hardware is available for the research on these themes. In the applications, international relations and interactions with industry are a permanent incentive for future developments.


Areas of application towards the industry

  • Composite industry
  • New cementitious materials and cement-matrix composites
  • Textile industry
  • Construction industry and prefabrication industry
  • Monitoring and damage assessment of structures
  • Steel structures
  • ...

Dienstverlening aan de industrie: 

We have an extensive and flexible lab equipment that allows to test a large variety of structures in their mechanical performance. A large array of measuring techniques (Acoustic Emission, Digital Image Correlation, ESPI, ...) is available. Test set-ups are tailored to the needs of the industrial partner.

Design and implementation by aware