On this website you will find information on my research. My research focuses
on the modelling of
phase transformations and grain growth
in metals and the morphological changes
they cause on the microscopic scale.
On the microscopic level most metals namely
consist of grains, each with their own crystal structure, orientation
and composition. Using physical and chemical laws, I attempt
to predict how the shape, size and spatial distribution of the grains and the
local composition change in time during loading, deformation or due to
a change in temperature. This is important since
macroscopic properties, such as strength, deformability and
conductivity, depend on the grain structure on the microscopic level.
I mainly use the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams)- and Phase Field method, which are both
on thermodynamic principles.
Using the menu on the left, you will find more information on my
background, research activities and publications.
Example of a microscopic image of the grain structure of a steel
and of a simulated grain structure.
You can find more information on my research group at the Department of
Materials Engineering at KU Leuven