Dr. M.H. Kolstein

Since 1971 Henk Kolstein is employed at the Stevin Laboratory of the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at the Delft University of Technology. He received his PhD from the Delft University of Technology in 2007.

In his current position of Associate Professor, he is involved in a variety of research projects dealing with the behaviour of steel structures; fibre reinforced polymer structures and normalization of building standards. He is daily supervisor of several PhD researchers and Postdoc researchers and lecturer of several MSc courses.

He is author or co-author of 65 scientific publications and international reports and more than 110 national publications and national reports. He is a member of several national and international committees of investigation and standardization.

Research

His research interest can be summarized in the following topics:

  • Renovation techniques and fatigue assessment of orthotropic steel bridge decks
  • Monitoring of existing structures and there loadings
  • Fatigue behaviour of steel structures
  • Structural behaviour of very high strength steels up to S1100
  • Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural applications

In general the research is both fundamental and applied. For the experimental part a research laboratory is available with a wide range of equipment for conducting experiments and tests on (large scale) structures and structural components. The testing equipment consists of a large number of test rigs and a test frame system which can be built in any suitable arrangement to accommodate the required (large scale) test set up. The hydraulic jack capacity varies between 50 and 10,000 kN. The equipment is fully computerised and so is the data-acquisition and data-processing. Special is the strong floor available to perform fatigue testing.

Education

Henk Kolstein is responsible and/or contributes to the following MSc courses of the Structural Engineering program:

  • CT5126 Fatigue
  • CT5128 Fibre-reinforced Polymer (FRP) Structures
  • CT5122 Capita Selecta Steel and Aluminum Structures

Examples of possible MSc graduation thesis topics in the field of steel structures and FRP structures are available here and here. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. MSc projects will be defined based on the interest of both student and supervisors.

Publicaties

Kolstein, MH (2008).
Fatigue classification of welded joints in orthotropic steel bridge deks. In: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures, Volume A, pp. 845-850, EUROSTEEL 2008, 3-5 September 2008, Graz, Austria, ISBN 92-0147-000-90.

Girao Coelho, AM, Bijlaard, FSK, & Kolstein, MH (2008).
Numerical modelling of high strenght steel column web shear panel behaviour. In: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures, Volume B, pp. 1125-1130, EUROSTEEL 2008, 3-5 September 2008, Graz, Austria, ISBN 92-0147-000-90.

Kolstein, MH, De Ridder, R (2008).
Enhancing the fatigue strength of trough to deck plate, joint in bridge decks using ultrasonic impact treatment. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Orthotropic Bridge Conference, pp. 586-598, August 25-30,2008, Sacramento, California, USA.

Kolstein, MH, Sliedrecht, H. (2008).
Reduction of traffic induced stresses using reinforced high strenght concrete. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Orthotropic Bridge Conference, pp. 384-394, August 25-30,2008, Sacramento, California, USA.

Teixeira De Freitas, S, Kolstein, MH, & Bijlaard, FSK (2008).
Important of interface layer on behaviour and durability of orthotropics steel decks. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Orthotropic Bridge Conference, pp. 426-441, August 25-30,2008, Sacramento, California, USA.

Braam, CR, Kolstein, MH, Romeijn, A, & Buitelaar, P (2008).
Concrete overlays to improve the fatigue life of movable orthotropic steel bridges. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Orthotropic Bridge Conference, pp. 442-451, August 25-30,2008, Sacramento, California, USA.

Girao Coelho, AM, Bijlaard, FSK, & Kolstein, MH (2008).
Deformation considerations for high strenght steel panel zones. In; Proceedings Connections in Steel Structures VI June 22-25 2008 Chicago

Kühn, B, Lukić, M, Nussbaumer, A, Kolstein, MH, e.a. (2008)
Assessment of existing steel structures: Recommendations for estimation of remaining fatique life. European Commission EUR 23252 EN – Joint Research Centre, ISSN 1018-5593, Luxembourg, 2008, 89 pp.

Kolstein, MH (2008).
Introductie staalsoorten met hoge sterkte. In: Syllabus Hoge sterkte staal voor constructieve toepassingen, Stichting Post Academisch Onderwijs, 13 en 14 november 2008

Kolstein, MH (2008).
Integrity of welded joints. In: Syllabus Hoge sterkte staal voor constructieve toepassingen, Stichting Post Academisch Onderwijs, 13 en 14 november 2008

Boeters, AG, Braam, CR, Kolstein, MH, Romeijn, A (2008).
Dynamische belasting op overlaging voor beweegbare stalen brugdekken. Cement 2008 nr. 5, pp. 76 – 80.

Kolstein, MH (2008).
Tensile testing of FCL M36 connectors. Stevin report 6-08-1, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Structural and Building Engineering, Steel Structures, 2008.

Kolstein, MH (2008).
Site measurements moerdijk bridge 2008. Stevin report 6-08-2, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Structural and Building Engineering, Steel Structures, 2008.

Kolstein, MH (2007).
Fatigue classification of welded joints in orthotropic steel bridge decks. PhD dissertation Delft University of Technology, ISBN 978-90-9021933-2, 2007, Delft, The Netherlands

Kolstein, MH, Bijlaard, FSK, Dijkstra, OD (2007).
Deformation capacity of welded joints using very high strenght steel. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Editors: J.Y. Richard Liew & Y.S. Choo, pp. 541-546, December 5-7, 2007, Singapore

Pijpers, RJM, Kolstein, MH, Romeijn, A, & Bijlaard, FSK (2007).
The fatigue strenght of base material and butt welds made of S690 and S1100. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Editors: J.Y. Richard Liew & Y.S. Choo, pp. 547-552, December 5-7, 2007, Singapore

Girao Coelho, AM, Bijlaard, FSK, & Kolstein, MH (2008).
Behaviour of high strenght steel web shear panels. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Editors: J.Y. Richard Liew & Y.S. Choo, pp. 603-608, December 5-7, 2007, Singapore

Girao Coelho, AM, Bijlaard, FSK, & Kolstein, MH (2008).
Ligações em aços de alta resistência: comportamento de painéis de alma ao corte. In: Proceedings of the VI Conference on Steel and Composite Construction, Editors: Luis Simoes da Silva, Carlos Martins, Elsa Caetano, Paulo Piloto and Tiago Abecassis, pp. II-559 – II-568, ISBN: 978-989-95605-0-5

Pijpers, RJM, Kolstein, MH, Romeijn, A, & Bijlaard, FSK (2007).
The fatique strenght of butt welds made of S690 and S1100. In: Proceedings International Conference on Steel and composite structures, Editors: Y.C. Wang, C.K. Choi, Published by Taylor & Francis, ISBN: 978-0-415-45141-3, pp. 901-908, July 30 August 1, 2007, Manchester, United Kingdom.

More publications can be found here.

Henk Kolstein

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