Research group Structural Optimization and Mechanics (SOM)


The future will exhibit increasingly complex, 3-dimensional micro-/nanostructures and devices for precision equipment. This development is driven by increasing demands on efficiency, functionality and/or sustainability, requiring ever denser functional integration and complex 3D architectures. With continuing advances in (additive) manufacturing technology, designing these complex structures becomes the limiting factor, as design challenges exceed the capabilities of established design approaches. Thus, novel (computational) design strategies will be key enablers for the realization of these structures via a symbiosis of fundamental and multidisciplinary knowledge and advanced manufacturing technology.

Mission and objective

Our mission is to develop and translate fundamental knowledge into enabling (computational) design strategies and techniques with an international impact. Focus is on materials, structures and devices relevant to society and industry which include challenging mechanical aspects. We transfer new knowledge into society and industry.

Our objective is to establish internationally recognized, relevant design strategies and design techniques, which have positive societal and economic impact. To this purpose we aim at developing and translating fundamental knowledge into unique and innovative designs and design procedures. Regarding automated design techniques, we aim to play a key role in topology optimization for additive manufacturing. We aim at knowledge development and transfer through the training of MSc and PhD students, and close involvement of industry.

Photo taken for the 2015 PME calendar.


The SOM group meets once a week on Wednesdays in the PME meeting room. For a list of incoming meetings, click here.

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