Universiteit Gent

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University of Gent
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Ghent University is one of the major research universities in Belgium and Europe. It attracts over 41,000 students, 4000 of which are international students. With an international outlook, Ghent university has many international education programs and international bilateral cooperation, in addition to a campus in South Korea. Celebrating its 200th year, Ghent University is consistently ranked the top university in Belgium and among the top 100 universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities ARWU.

Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly formed Belgian state began to administer the university

In 2013, the university invested more than 265 million euros in research projects on behalf of both public and private partners, and appointed about 5,800 scientific staff. Moreover, Ghent University has participated in more than 200 research projects in the EU’s sixth framework program (2002-2006), and in 260 projects in the seventh framework program, 26 of which are ERC grants and 26 are Marie Curie Fellowships. The university provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, with 553 PhD degrees being awarded in 2013, 20% of which went to international young researchers.

The research group Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. MSE has focused for many decades on the experimental investigation of the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures subjected to impact loads. For this purpose, the department has several, in-house developed test facilities equipped with state of the art measurement devices. From February 2017 onwards, MSE will be part of the mechanical department of UGent.

Within EXTREME, MSE is mainly responsible for the characterisation of the dynamic behaviour of the aerospace materials studied in the project. The material tests will be carried out using the split Hopkinson bar setups of MSE which allow to impose a well-controlled, dynamic tensile, compression, torsion or combined torsion/compression load. Since Hopkinson tests have been developed and are mainly used for large deformation materials such as metals, in the framework of Extreme techniques will be developed to capture the small deformations typical for aerospace materials during the tests.
Additionally, attention will be paid to the optimisation of sample geometries in order to achieve loading conditions as close as possible to those encountered in real impact situations, such as a bird strike event. For this purpose, finite element models of the experiments will be built using the advanced material models developed by other Extreme partners. The models will allow to come to an in-depth understanding of the tests and will be used for test result interpretation and analysis.


  • SPH code

    SPH code is used for the several projects within defence sector, including Lockheed Martin, AWE, Raytheon, DSTL and offshore sector (BP).

    11th March 2020

    UBATH Impact detection system (TRL 6) developed within the scope of EXTREME was used on CFRP COMPOSITE WING STRINGER-SKIN Panel provided by the courtesy of Airbus UK.

    11th March 2020

    Enhancements to LS-DYNA that have been released with the latest version of LS-DYNA (R9.2 and newer) and made available for all customers.

    11th March 2020

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