Computational structural analysis


Modern engineering practice relies on advanced computer models to assess the performance of structures. This is the field of computational structural analysis, and is a core expertise of the Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials and encompasses for example:

  • Multi-physics modelling of concrete structures
  • NLFEM modelling of concrete structures
  • Modeling of cast-in and post-installed anchorage solutions
  • Lattice Discrete Particle Modelling of concrete structures
  • Time-dependent behaviour and degradation
  • Topology optimization
  • Structural fire engineering
  • Reliability-based design and assessment of structural elements and system
  • Robustness assessment of structural systems
  • Modelling of reinforcement corrosion and service life assessment
  • Modelling at mesoscale and structural level of FRP composites for structural applications
  • Numerical analysis of concrete printing
  • Numerical analysis of tunnel lining joints


Within the department, advanced numerical models have been developed, for example, to:

  • Optimize structures, e.g. to minimize the material usage.
    This allows to limit resource consumption without a reduction in structural performance.
  • Predict prestress loss and long-term deformation
  • Evaluate the effects of membrane actions in structural elements. Such analysis provides insight in the robustness of a structural frame in case of unforeseen events, through the development of alternative load paths.
  • Assess the breakage and post-breakage behavior of load-bearing glass elements.
    This allows to demonstrate the safe usage of such innovative building components.
  • Simulate the behavior of structures exposed to fire.
    The developed models allow to assess for performance for realistic exposures, and to go beyond prescriptive fire resistance ratings.
  • Simulate the cracking potential of mass concrete due to the exothermal reaction of concrete
  • Simulate the cracking potential of restrained concrete elements at early age
  • Simulate multi-material and multi-objective structural optimizations, including optimization of reinforced/ prestressed concrete elements
  • Simulate the failure behaviour of tiled laminates at meso scale
  • Assess the printability of very complex 3D printed structures with time dependent material behaviour during the printing phase


Prof. Ruben Van Coile

Prof. Roman Wan-Wendner

Prof. Robby Caspeele

Prof. Wouter De Corte

Research Projects

Projects Computational structural analysis