Paul Korswagen awarded the best paper 17th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference

On the 8 of July, at the inauguration session of the 17th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, Paul Korswagen was awarded with the first place in the competition for the best paper submitted to this online edition of the conference. The paper, about the difference in the behaviour between baked-clay and calcium-silicate walls subjected to light damage, which was deemed by the jury to have very high scientific value and/or concern important practical aspects, was written by the researcher of the department of Materials, Mechanics, Management and Design (3MD) at the group of Structural Mechanics. The topic was based on the work performed by the team looking at the light damage vulnerability of masonry walls which was composed at the time by Michele Longo, Edwin Meulman, and Paul and guided by prof. Jan Rots.

Paul’s prize consists of a book about the history of Kraków and a tour of the city, which is fortunately valid all throughout next year.

Paul Korswagen (right) with colleagues in front of a calcium-silicate wall, one of the last to be tested.

Branko Šavija awarded the Gustavo Colonnetti Medal

We like to congratulate dr. Branko Šavija with being awarded the Gustavo Colonnetti Medal of the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM). Each year, max. 2 young researchers of less than 35 years, who have made an outstanding scientific contribution to the field of construction materials and structures receive this award. Branko was awarded for his high-level scientific research in the field of construction materials and structures. Apart from the medal, he will be invited to give a lecture during the RILEM Spring Convention in March.

Djonno Bresser is TU Delft Best Graduate 2019

At the TU Delft Best Graduate Award Ceremony 2019 eight recently graduated engineers presented their research and results of their excellent master thesis. Djonno Bresser, graduate of the department Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3MD), received the prestigious title TU Delft Best Graduate 2019. The TU Delft Best Graduate Award Ceremony is organized annually by Delft University Fund. His Graduation committee consisted of Prof. Dr. Ir. J.G. Rots, Dr. Ir. M.A.N. Hendriks, Ir. M. Pari, Dr. Ir. G.M.A. Schreppers and Ir. L.J.M. Houben.

The Delft approach to Forensic Engineering

Karel Terwel together with Michiel Schuurman (AE) and Arjo Loeve (3ME), won a prestigious ICE Publishing Award for their joint work on ‘Improving reliability in forensic engineering: the Delft approach’. In the article, they describe the three main elements of the Delft approach, which in turn are based on insights gained from their respective fields of civil engineering, aerospace engineering and biomechanical engineering. Starting 19 November 2019, the MOOC ‘Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures’ will run for the third time. This MOOC takes its lead from the insights described in the article on the Delft approach.

Research Jaap Weerheijm and Tiziano Li Piani considered among the best collaborations with European Commission

Research on mechanics of adobe structures, a joint research project of TU Delft, TNO and the Dutch Ministry of Defense, has been considered among the best collaborations with the European Commission. Both dr. Weerheijm as mr. Li Piani were interviewed on this occasion.

Erik Schlangen gives lecture at the University of the Netherlands

Can a concrete house repair its own cracks?
Erik Schlangen lectures in this course at the University of the Netherlands how he develops self-healing concrete with the help of special bacteria.