Danny Van Hemelrijck

General info

Van Hemelrijck
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+ 32 (0)2 6292929
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Fiber reinforced composite systems, experimental mechanics, nondestructive testing

Professional career

Danny Van Hemelrijck (civil engineeer 1984, Informatics engineering 1987, PhD in Engineering Sciences 1992) is professor at the “ Vrije Universiteit Brussel”. The courses he’s responsible for and the research he’s performing are situated in the domain of “Mechanics of materials and constructions”. He has (co-)authored more than 150 scientific papers in international journal and conference proceedings. Danny is member of different scientific organizations for instance the “National Comity of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics” (adjunct-secretary); the “European Society of Composite Materials (ESCM)” (member of the council) and the  “European Society of Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM)” (member of the executive council as permanent secretary). He is organizer of the International conference “Emerging Technologies in Nondestructive Testing”. Currently he is the head of the department of “Mechanics of Materials and Constructions-MeMC”.


Professor Van Hemelrijck is currently lecturing the following courses:

Mechanica van Materialen, vloeistoffen en constructies (2de bachelor  ir)
Mechanica van het continuüm (3de bachelor ir)
Bouwkundig ontwerp (3de bachelor bouwkunde)
Experimental stress analysis (1 master civil engineering, in English)
Mechanica van materialen (3de bachelor handelingenieur)


“Mechanics of materials and constructions” is his broad research domain. More specific his expertise is: (i) experimental characterization under complex loading conditions and nondestructive evaluation of fiber reinforced composite systems, (ii) testing of subcomponents, (iii) durability analysis, (iv) selfhealing of concrete and polymer, .. 


Conference publications: 

[1]          Smits A., Van Hemelrijck D., Philippidis T.P. and Cardon A.

“Design of a cruciform specimen for biaxial testing of fibre reinforced composite laminates”, Composites Science and Technology” volume 66, issue 7-8, JUN 2006, pp. 964-975. SCI subject category Materials science, Composites, rank: 1/23. SCI-IF: 1,783

[2]          A. Makris, Ramault, C., Vandenbergh, T., Lamkanfi, E., Van Paepegem, W., Van Hemelrijck, D.,

“Shape optimisation of a biaxially loaded cruciform specimen Polymer Testing”, Polymer Testing, Volume 29, Issue 2, 2010, pp 216-223. SCI subject category Materials Science, characterization & Testing, rank: 2/28. SCI-IF:1.736

[3]          Antoniou, A.E., Van Hemelrijck, D., Philippidis T.P.

“Failure prediction for a glass/epoxy cruciform specimen under static biaxial loading”, Composites Science and Technology, Volume 70, 2010, pp 1232-1241. SCI subject category Materials science, Composites, rank: 1/23. SCI-IF:

[4]          D. Kakogiannis, D. Van Hemelrijck, J. Wastiels, S. Palanivelu, W. Van Paepegem, J. Vantomme, A. Kotzakolios and V. Kostopoulos

Assessment of pressure waves generated by explosive loading”, CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences , Volume 65, Issue 1, 2011, pp 75-93. SCI subject category Engineering, multidisciplinary, rank: 2/67, SCI-IF: 4.785

[5]         Ramault,C., Makris,A., Van Hemelrijck,D., Lamkanfi,E., Van Paepegem, W.,

“Comparison of different techniques for strain monitoring of a biaxially loaded cruciform specimen” Strain (4): pp 357-357. SCI subject category Material science, Characterization & Testing, rank: 9/29. SCI-IF: 0.535

Current projects

1            EC-FP6 Integrated project, EU250, van 01/03/2006 tot 28/02/2011

Integrated wind turbine design (UpWind)
Promotor: P. Hjuler (Risoe, Denmark)
Promotor VUB: D. Van Hemelrijck

2             FWO, G.0114.07-FWOAL419, 1/1/2007-31/12/2010

Het energieabsorberend vermogen van composietstructuren ter bescherming van bouwkundige constructies

Promotor: J. Wastiels

Co-promotoren: D. Van Hemelrijck, W. Van Paepegem (UGent),

J. Vantomme (KMS)

3              Hercules Fonds, UABR/014/ZW08-1015-04, van 1/12/2008 tot 30/11/2013

Hoog technologisch multidisciplinair meetcentrum van de Universitaire Associatie Brussel.

Promotor: H. Thienpont
Co-promotoren: D. Van Hemelrijck, W. Van Moer, ..

4            SIM, Next generation nano-engineered polymer-steel/CNT hybryds (NanoForce),

                Promotor: J. Sijnave (Bekaert)

5             SIM, Engineered Self-Healing materials (SHE)

Promotor: J. Geeraert (Recticel)

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