Track Construction Materials

In the Construction Materials track, you are trained to choose, develop, and manufacture construction materials for application in structural components and civil structures, with the goal of creating a more sustainable and resilient built environment. Examples are the 3d printing of concrete, recycling of concrete, or even to recycle parts of complete structures.

You learn how to understand and optimize the material behaviour through advanced experimental and computational techniques. Close attention is given to the interface properties between different materials in composite systems, that govern the fracture process, and new construction methods, that can yield new structural applications for materials. Finally, we provide you with valuable laboratory experience, with material testing both in nano and macro-scale.

Key features

In this track we focus on:

➨ The technical performance of materials under variable environmental conditions.
➨ The degradation mechanisms.
➨ The effect of ageing in durability and the sustainability aspects.

| Highlighted story

Bend until it Breaks

Is it possible to cold bend glass to a point where it won’t shatter but grow stronger instead? Tim van Driel, TU Delft MSc student Civil Engineering (track building engineering), conducted experiments in the lab and bended large sheets of glass without heating it. At what point does bending turn into snapping – and a shower of shards?

Research examples

The most used material in the world

In his hand lays a small grey object, probably no longer than 10 centimeters. It is made of tiny triangle cross-sections and smells like recently casted concrete. This concrete microstructure was made by 3D printing. Yading Xu’s eyes light up. "Concrete is one of the most used material in the world, that is why it is so fascinating to me.”

Super asphalt lasts longer

Asphalt concrete is a great material for road surfacing purposes but it’s not always the most sustainable of options. Sandra Erkens, professor of Pavement Engineering Practice, is looking for ways of predicting and extending the lifespan of both existing and new pavement materials.