Research unit: MeMC – Mechanics of Materials and Constructions
Researchers: Sven De Sutter, Tine Tysmans
The promotor of this project, Tine Tysmans, obtained her PhD degree on the subject of the “Design of anticlastic shells in innovative textile reinforced cement composites” in 2010. Since then, she was appointed as academic staff (full position) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, dept. Mechanics of Materials and Constructions, where she coordinates the research on composites in structural applications. This research benefits from her expertise in cement composites, structural analysis and design, finite element modelling, and form finding and structural optimisation. Within a relatively short period she was able to expand her research team significantly, and has currently seven researchers under her guidance, of which most focus on structural applications of cement and FRP composites, and their use in combination with concrete (stay-in-place formwork contributing as reinforcement in concrete structures, externally bonded reinforcement for existing concrete structures, finite element modelling of cement composite-concrete interaction, …). This increasing amount of researchers shows the interest and future perspective of the research group and the promotor in the domain of the project. The results of the research will be mutually interesting for all researches.