Ever since my graduation I was involved in numerical modelling of the mechanical behaviour of structures and manufacturing processes. This field is a combination of (computational) mechanics, materials science, production technology and numerics.
Since 2011, I lead the group Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, and I became full professor in 2015. The main strength of this group is the simulation and optimization of forming processes.
Currently, I am
- Portfolioholder (vice-dean) Research in the Board of the Faculty Engineering Technology
- Associate Editor of the International Journal of Material Forming
- Cluster coordinator "Applied Mechanical Behaviour" for the Materials innovation institute (M2i)
- Member of the Scientific Board of the Fraunhofer Project Centre at UT
- Local director of the Graduate School Engineering Mechanics
- Member of the Board of Directors and past-President of ESAFORM
- Numerical simulation of forming processes e.g. deepdrawing, incremental sheet forming, extrusion, rolling, cutting.
- Stability of plastic deformation and stability of material models in FEM analysis (including mesh dependency, localization and convergence).
- Optimization and robustness in forming processes.
- Object Oriented Programming (finite element programs, mesh generation programs). The C++ framework FeaTure for Finite Element programming and a collection of C++ tensor classes are freely available.