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After receiving his engineer’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 (on turbomachinery), Remko Akkerman received his PhD on viscoelastic flow simulations in the group of prof. Huétink in 1993 at the University of Twente. He started working as an assistant professor in the chair of Engineering Design in Plastics with prof. Powell and got involved in fibre reinforced polymers. He acquired various EU funded project on processing (e.g. high precision moulding) and performance (e.g. impact and post impact behaviour) of advanced composite materials.

In 2003 he was appointed as full professor in Production Technology, keeping a focus on lightweight materials for structural applications, with a clear emphasis on composite materials. The group’s research is characterized by an integral approach on design, materials and processing, combining experimental and analytical / simulation work. His current projects involve a wide range of activities, such as functional materials, composite processing analysis, structural health monitoring and self-healing materials.

He has been the secretary of the Esaform association (European Scientific Association of Material Forming) from 2007 to 2013, and since June 2009 he is the scientific director of the ThermoPlastic Composite Research Centre, founded by Ten Cate, Fokker, Boeing and the University of Twente. Since then, the TPRC has grown to currently 22 members representing a full thermoplastic composite value chain. Since 2010 is member of the Scientific Committee of FPCM, Flow Processes in Composite Materials, and of Texcomp, Textile Composites. As such, he chaired the FPCM-12 conference at the University of Twente in 2014. He is a member of the KMHW and of the management team of 4tu.htm, the research centre for high-tech materials of the Dutch 4tu Federation. He further participates in the international advisory boards of large research programmes in the UK (Cimcomp) and Japan (SM4I).


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  • Material Science

    • Composite Material
    • Fiber
    • Thermoplastics
    • Temperature
    • Friction
    • Tape
    • Material
    • Laser


Ancillary activities

  • EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing HubAdvisory Board member
  • TPRCScientific Director


Prediction of the in-plane permeability and air evacuation time of fiber-placed thermoplastic composite preforms with engineered intertape channelsComposites Part C: Open Access, 14, Article 100475. Niens, L., Swamy, J. N., Grouve, W. J. B., Wijskamp, S. & Akkerman, R. overbraiding simulations for complex mandrels: On the role of yarn interactions. University of Twente. Vu, A. N. modified boundary layer mechanism for the release between polyimide film and poly(ether ketone ketone) thermoplasticsJournal of applied polymer science, 141(20), Article e55377 (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Yang, Z., Dissevelt, T., Li, N., de Vries, E., Grouve, W., Bao, N., de Rooij, M., Akkerman, R. & Chu, L. mesoscopic model for inter-yarn frictionComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 180, Article 108070. Vu, A. N., Grouve, W. J. B., Rooij, M. B. d. & Akkerman, R. state-rate model for the transient wall slip effects in ply-ply friction of UD C/PAEK tapes in meltComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 179, Article 108040. Pierik, E. R., Grouve, W. J. B., Wijskamp, S. & Akkerman, R. with press forming results of unidirectional thermoplastic composite laminates including in-plane deformation data for validation of forming simulationsData in brief, 53, Article 110099. Brands, D., Vomáčko, V., Grouve, W., Wijskamp, S. & Akkerman, R. dominated failure in continuous carbon fibre reinforced Poly(ether ether ketone). University of Twente. Sundararajan, B. K. experimental study on the role of different void removal mechanisms in VBO processing of advanced thermoplastic compositesJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 43(3-4), 183-194. Swamy, J. N., Grouve, W. J. B., Wijskamp, S. & Akkerman, R. anisotropic friction in triaxial overbraiding simulationsComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 177, Article 107958. Vu, A. N., Grouve, W. J. B., Warnet, L. L. & Akkerman, R. observation of the fracture behavior of the polyether ketone ketone (PEKK) spherulitesJournal of applied polymer science, 141(1), Article e54764. Marinosci, V., Chen, K., Helthuis, N. G. J., Grouve, W. J. B., Vries, E. G. d., Bao, N., Akkerman, R., Rooij, M. B. d. & Chu, L.

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