Emeritus. prof. dr. ir. J.C. Walraven

Professor Joost Walraven studied Civil Engineering at TU Delft and got his MSc in 1972. He was employed as a researcher at the Stevin Laboratory directly after his study and got his PhD degree in 1980 for the thesis: “Aggregate Interlock: an experimental and theoretical analysis”. He worked as a design engineer for Corsmit Consulting Engineers in The Hague from 1981 to 1985. He was appointed professor of Concrete Structures at the German University of Darmstadt in 1985. In 1989 he started his job as a professor of Concrete Structures at TU Delft.

Professor Walraven carried out research in many areas, like shear, punching, crack width control, creep and shrinkage of concrete, rotation capacity of concrete structures and the behaviour of precast concrete structures. The last decade he focused especially on the development of new types of concrete and their application, like high strength concrete, self compacting concrete, high performance fiber concrete and low binder concrete.

Professor Walraven was author and co-author of altogether 350 publications in scientific and professional journals and at conferences. Up to now he was promoter of 22 PhD’s in The Netherlands and 5 in Germany and was co-promotor of 20 PhD’s in Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Norway.

Prof. Walraven was president of the International Concrete Federation FIB from 2000 -2002. Moreover he was chairman of the Project Team responsible for writing the new Eurocode 2 “Concrete Structures”, which was delivered 2004. Actually he is chairman of the fib Special Activity Group “New Model Code for Concrete Structures” and chairman of the fib Task Group “Ultra High Performance Fibre Concrete”.

In 1991 Prof. Walraven got the Swedish Concrete Award  for his contributions to the development of precast concrete. In 1998 he got the FIP Award for his contributions to the development of prestressed concrete. In 2005 he obtained the TU Delft “Distinghuised Teacher Award” (Leermeesterprijs). In 2008 he got the distinction "Acknowledgement to great personalities in structural engineering" from the Italian Council for Industrial Building (CTE). In 2009 he obtained a doctorate of honour from the university of Kassel, Germany. He received the Medal of Honor Dutch Concrete Society, November 2009.

Secondary employment

  • TNO Building and Construction Consultant
  • Chairman Technical Commission  Foundations Building regulations NEN
  • Chairman Board of Experts Concrete Structures KIWA
  • Senter Novem Program Advisory Commision Member for Environment and Technology
  • Chairman International Advisory Panel for Research in Building Engineering at the Swedish Technical Universities


Walraven, JC (2008).
Self compacting concrete: challenge for designer and researcher. In BE Barragan, a Pacios Alvarez, & P Serna Ros (Eds.), Hormigon autocompactante (HAC) (pp. 15-29). Barcelona, Spain: UPC. (TUD)

Walraven, JC (2008).
On the way to design recommendations for UHPFRC. In E Fehling, M Schmidt, & S Sturwald (Eds.), Ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) (pp. 45-56). Kassel, Germany: University of Kassel. (TUD)

Walraven, JC (2008).
Design for service life: a challenge for the future. In R Kotynia & D Gawin (Eds.), Conference proceedings AMCM ' 2008; analytical models and new concepts in concrete and masonry structures (pp. 187-198). Lodz, Poland: Technical university of Lodz. (TUD)

Walraven, JC (2008).
Constitutive modelling of high strength/high performance concrete. In Constitutive modelling of high strength/high performance concrete (fib bulletin, 42). Lausanne, Switzerland: International federation for structural concrete (fib). (TUD)

Walraven, JC (2007).
New trends in the design of concrete structures and their influence on future codes. In s.n. (Ed.), High performance fiber reinforced composites for sustainable infrastructure system - material modeling, structural design and application (pp. 1-12). Sapporo, Japan: Hokkaido University. (TUD)

Joost Walraven

Publications: Pure