Research Programmes

The department is home to three strong research groups leading in their field of expertise. Each group collaborates with research partners all over the world, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer:

Aerospace Structures and Materials Laboratory

The department has its own laboratory: the Delft Aerospace Structures and Materials Laboratory, where we offer our MSc students working on their thesis projects access to the most advanced facilities. The laboratory contains a wide range of specialist equipment with uses including:

  • material characterisation using visual methods like microscopes, physical methods, chemical analysis, nondestructive testing methods, etc.
  • synthesis of materials, both on microlevel in our chemical laboratory and on macro-level in the composite laboratory
  • manufacturing processes for the fabrication of parts and products. Examples include hot presses, resin injection  echniques, filament winding, forming processes, processes for joining of structural elements, etc.
  • testing of materials and structures for which a wide range of testing equipment is available to test materials and structures specimens
  • in the workshop, a number of numerically-controlled milling machines are used for the manufacture of any specimens, tools, dies or other test equipment that may be required.