In the field of structural mechanics our activities are strongly related to the societal goals on high-performing, durable and reliable infrastructures.
As a general rule, the mechanical properties such as ductility, strength, resistance to creep and fatigue of engineering materials are determined by their (micro)structure at different geometric scales.
Research in railway mechanics its path decrease the life cycle costs of railways, and to decrease the environmental footprint of the railway.
Lightweight materials and structures
Lightweight structural materials are in ever greater demand. Transportation road vehicles, aircraft and sea vessels all need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and increase energy efficiency.
Process modelling & Simulation
A key factor for the competitiveness of the manufacturing industries is to sense, and have the ability to act on, changes on the market with respect to environmentally friendly and lightweight products.