Department Aerospace Structures and Materials

The mission of the Aerospace Structures and Materials department is making load carrying structures of aircraft and spacecraft lighter, safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

The ASM department researches novel materials, new (hybrid) material combinations, new structural concepts plus combinations there of. To support these objectives the required (numerical) tools and methods: are developed. Traditionally the 3 sections within the ASM department focus on complementary aspects of the mission and via synergy achieve an optimal, efficient and societal relevant implementation of our mission.

Societal demand

Research projects of the department Aerospace Structures and Materials (ASM) combine engineering expertise in the field of the subject matter with the use of advanced computational tools in order to develop design solutions relevant to industrial needs. On the issue of efficiency improvement the final product of research can be a scaled prototype of an innovative technology or computer software for use in the industry.

Lightweight structures have gained great importance since the need for energy efficiency is constantly growing in many engineering applications. While improving traditional metal technology becomes increasingly difficult, fibre reinforced plastics, i.e. polymeric composites, allow a renaissance of lightweight construction that helps to achieve the performance targets set by an ever more demanding industry. The basis of composite product development is aimed traditionally at aerospace use; however, other application fields such as wind energy, transport and storage as well as automotive, are increasingly being developed. Now more than ever, there is a huge push for aircraft to be ‘greener’, and one way of achieving this is to reduce weight. Aims to reduce weight have resulted in the introduction and wide application of composite materials into the aircraft structure.

With this department the faculty has specific expertise on thermodynamic design of novel alloys, development of novel high performance polymers for structural applications and self healing materials. The department explores in the research unconventional approaches, focus on fundamental concepts but also develop successful concepts to a level suitable for absorption by the industry.

Finally the department specialises in research aimed at improving the design, safety, manufacturing, and maintenance of aerospace products.

Head of Department: R. Benedictus 

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has disposition of a highly advanced structures and materials laboratory:

Naam auteur: Webredactie LR
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