The Department of Structural Engineering consists of two research groups, namely
The Magnel Laboratory is the largest Belgian research centre in the field of concrete technology and concrete structures and has a vast and widely-spread international recognition. It disposes of extensive experimental testing facilities and infrastructures, among which the large strong floor for executing load tests on large-scale elements is a unique instrument. The research areas focus on different aspects of concrete structures, going from fundamental material research on microscopic and sub-microscopic scale to structural behaviour and structural reliability of concrete structures on large scale.
The Laboratory for Research on Structural Models has an international recognition for its experimental and numeric study of instability phenomena in shell structures. Its activity comprises structural analyses in general and glass structures and constructional steelwork in particular. The structural glass research group is strongly embedded in international networks and is well-reputed on the international scene. Glass research subjects range from fundamental issues, e.g. related to glass strength and interlayer material laws, to applied topics, such as the development of structural glass connection systems or project-based R&D.
The research group Schoonmeersen is related to the structural engineering laboratory for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering Technology. The research activities are mainly related to structural analysis of constructions and structural components, considering different materials (steel, concrete, composites) and the interaction between such materials. Research subjects are also related to bridge engineering, structural topology optimization, concrete technology, performance of screed materials, …