"Online education requires a different structure compared to more traditional education. Hence it forced me as course coordinator to think of a better composition of fatigue lecture material, developed from a student perspective."

René Alderliesten studied aerospace engineering at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft with a specialization in fatigue damage tolerance of aerospace materials and structures. Based upon his research into the fatigue damage phenomena in Fibre Metal laminates and the development of a model to predict fatigue damage propagation for these laminated materials he obtained his PhD degree from TU Delft.

The years between obtaining the MSc degree in 1999 and the PhD degree in 2005 he has worked as a researcher on Fatigue and Damage Tolerance of Hybrid Structures at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, and as a Fatigue and Damage Tolerance specialist at the Fibre Metal Laminates Centre of Competence in Delft.

In 2005 he was appointed as assistant professor within the group of Prof. Rinze Benedictus on structural integrity and damage tolerance of aerospace structures. Initially, the research focused on metallic and FML structures, but in the past years the research has expanded to structures made of fibre reinforced polymer materials. The main theme in the research has been the experimental characterization of damage initiation and formation under mechanical and impact loading with in conjunction the development of mechanistic models to predict the initiation and growth of the failure modes. In 2012 he was appointed associate professor in this field with responsibility over about 3 Post-docs and 10 PhD's.

René Alderliesten has been awarded the Jaap Schijve Award for his research in the field of "Fatigue and Damage Tolerance" during the 2011 Symposium of the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity in Montreal.

research interest

Fatigue & structural integrity of aeronautical structures.

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Associate professorin Fatigue, Damage Tolerance and Durabilityat Delft University of Technology


PhD, Aerospace Materials & Structures, Delft University of Technology
MSc, Aerospace Materials & Structures, Delft University of Technology


Aerospace Engineering



Recent publications:

  • The effect of fibre bridging on the Paris relation for mode I fatigue delamination growth in composites, by Yao L, Alderliesten RC & Benedictus R.
  • How proper similitude can improve our understanding of crack closure and plasticity in fatigue, by Alderliesten RC.
  • Predicting fatigue crack initiation in fibre metal laminates based on metal fatigue data, by Spronk SWF, Sen I & Alderliesten RC.
  • The explanation of stress ratio effect and crack opening corrections for fatigue crack growth in metallic materials, by Alderliesten RC.
  • Methods for the prediction of fatigue delamination growth in composites and adhesive bonds - A critical review, by Pascoe JA, Alderliesten RC & Benedictus R.

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