René de Borst

Titels Prof. dr. ir.
Initials R.
Main position The Centenary Professor of Civil Engineering The University of Sheffield
Disciplines Technical mechanics
  Aircraft and spacecraft
Chair Civil Engineering and Mechanics
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2005
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Mappin Street, Sir Frederick Mappin Building
S1 3JD Sheffield
United Kingdom
tel.  +44 141 330 7562
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René de Borst’s research concentrates on computer simulations of materials and structures, with the aim to make structures more robust and resilient to extreme loadings. His work covers several topics in engineering mechanics and engineering materials, such as the mechanical properties of concrete, soils, composites and rubbers, in particular the development of mathematical and numerical models for deformation and failure. His most significant work is on fracture, computational mechanics, frictional materials, and is of relevance in civil engineering, structural engineering, and aerospace engineering. His research also extends into the interaction between porous materials and fluid flow through them.