RL1 – Materials Engineering
X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) analyses are an important part of our longstanding efforts to play a prominent role in materials science research. Examples are the new developments in biomaterials, composite materials and geopolymers and the concomitant quest for knowledge of damage growth in this new family of materials under loading, but also the evaluation of their environmental degradation or the search for the hierarchical structure of complex material systems. These activities also include the use of advanced image analysis techniques for the determination of global and local strains during in situ loading to study the mechanical behavior and failures of materials and to model this behavior.
- Bone substituting biomaterials.
- Composite materials: nano-engineered composites, hybrid composites and natural fibre composites.
- Resin matrix permeability of reinforcements.
- Geopolymers, hierarchical porosity and phase-changing components.
- Study of local strains during in situ loading and relation to mechanical behaviour and failure of materials.