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discipline Civil Engineering

The combination of climate change, the energy transition, increasing risks of water scarcity and flooding, continued urbanization and the push for circularity are all creating great societal challenges. In our vison the Civil Engineering discipline has a key role in coping with these societal challenges. The mission of the discipline Civil Engineering is to develop, apply and disseminate knowledge and novel solutions in the domain of civil engineering contributing to a sustainable, efficient, safe and resilient society. Civil engineering focuses on four cross-cutting research themes: sustainability, efficiency, safety and resilience. We will reinforce our strengths by investing in research core values (zwaartepunten) that are the basis of these research themes:

  • Computational Methods in Fluid Dynamics for Nature Based Solutions

    Computational Methods in Fluid Dynamics for Nature Based Solutions. Due to upcoming climate challenges such as increased rates of sea level rise, increased storminess and higher frequency of extreme river discharges (more floods as well as extreme droughts) it is crucial to understand fluid dynamics at the relevant scales in order to design optimal solutions.

  • Aeolian Processes

    Aeolian Processes. Anticipated more extreme conditions due to climate change demand innovative co-evolution solutions protecting both nature and built environment in sandy dune coastal areas, providing the essential future protection. Specialised Computational Fluid Dynamics methods, validated by experiments on real and on specific lab scale, is needed to analyse and predict the impact of aeolian processes on the natural and human structures and aid design of innovative nature based civil engineering solutions.

  • Soil Infrastructure Interaction

    Soil Infrastructure Interaction. The cycles of drying & wetting, loading & unloading, tear & healing and of shrink & expansion result in erosion, displacement and alteration of characteristics (e.g. texture, structure, granularity and porosity). Soil mechanical models are key in understanding the functioning and integrity of these vital infrastructures.