prof.dr.ir. R. Akkerman (Remko)

Full Professor

About Me

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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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Engineering & Materials Science
Composite Materials
Composite Material

Ancillary Activities

  • TPRC
    Scientific Director
  • EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub
    Advisory Board member


Hoksbergen, N. , Akkerman, R. , & Baran, I. (2022). Coating stress analysis for leading edge protection systems for wind turbine blades. In A. P. Vassilopoulos, & V. Michaud (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials - Composites Meet Sustainability (Vol. 5 – Applications and Structures, pp. 113-120). Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. https://doi.org/10.5075/epfl-298799_978-2-9701614-0-0
Akkerman, R. , & Haanappel, S. (2022). Thermoplastic stamp forming. In L. Harper, & M. Clifford (Eds.), Design and Manufacture of Structural Composites (pp. 301-321). (Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering). Woodhead Publishing.
Buser, Y. M. , Grouve, W. J. B. , Wijskamp, S. , & Akkerman, R. (2022). Induction Heating of UD C/PAEK: What Thermography Can Teach Us about Eddy Currents. In Proceedings of ITHEC 2022: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites (pp. 40-43)
Buser, Y., Bieleman, G. , Grouve, W. , Wijskamp, S. , & Akkerman, R. (2022). Characterisation of Orthotropic Electrical Conductivity of Unidirectional C/PAEK Thermoplastic Composites. In A. P. Vassilopoulos, & V. Michaud (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials - Composites Meet Sustainability (Vol. 3 – Characterization, pp. 83-91). Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. https://doi.org/10.5075/epfl-298799_978-2-9701614-0-0
Vu, A. N. , & Akkerman, R. (2022). Yarn interaction in an enhanced kinematic model of the triaxial overbraiding process. Poster session presented at 5th International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing, ACM 2022, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Vu, A. N. , Grouve, W. J. B. , de Rooij, M. B. , & Akkerman, R. (2022). Experimental and numerical investigation of frictional behavior of carbon yarns for over-braiding conditions. 7. Abstract from 14th International Conference on Textile Composites, TexComp 2022, Kyoto, Japan.
Brands, D., Di Genova, L. G. , Pierik, E. R. , Grouve, W. J. B. , Wijskamp, S. , & Akkerman, R. (2022). Formability Experiments for Unidirectional Thermoplastic Composites. In G. Vincze, & F. Barlat (Eds.), Achievements and Trends in Material Forming- Peer-reviewed extended papers selected from the 25th International Conference on Material Forming, ESAFORM 2022 (pp. 1358-1371). (Key Engineering Materials; Vol. 926 KEM). Trans Tech Publications Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4028/p-x3g086

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