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Lightweight Materials and Structures

Research topics:

Composite Materials

  • Interfacial fracture and damage mechanics across different length-, and time scales
  • Durability, damage tolerance and reliability of layered materials
  • Adhesive bonding

Architected Materials and Metamaterials

  • Materials by design
  • Design of crack growth paths by local physical, chemical and mechanical modifications of surfaces
  • Architected interfaces

Mechanics and Physics of Interface Fracture

  • Fracture along homogeneous and heterogeneous interfaces.
  • Effects of surface topography on fracture energy, work of adhesion and friction
  • Crack onset from bimaterial corner and wedges
  • Material and geometrical non-linearity effects pre- and post- failure
  • Crack front pinning-depinning.

Modelling, Design and Evaluation

  •   Theoretical models and analysis: algebraic, asymptotic and perturbation methods, homogenization, differential and integral equations
  •   Numerical  models and analysis: finite element analysis, damage models (extended FEM, damage plasticity), Cohesive Zone Modelling (CZM), Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT), Virtual Crack Extension Method (VCEM), Phase Field Modelling (PFM)
  • Design of experiments and evaluation methods
  • Data reduction schemes

Mechanical Adhesion

  • Increase of work of adhesion through through geometrical modifications of substrates
  • Bioinspired and biomimicking mechanical adhesion


  • Adhesive bonding
  • Composite materials
  • Multimaterials through additive manufacturing
  • Soft materials and reversible adhesion
  • Interfaces under harsh environmental conditions

Latest Publications

  1. S. Heide-Jørgensen, M.K. Budzik, K. Birk Buhl, M. Hinge, S. Pedersen, K. Daasbjerg, M. Kongsfelt: Mode I debonding under large deformation conditions including notes on cleavage-peeling transition Eng. Fract. Mech., 2021, 241, 107413.
  2. S. Heide-Jørgensen, M.K. Budzik, C. Ibsen: Effective through-the-thickness diffusivity of plain-woven composite from analytical homogenization Comp. Sci. Tech., 2021, 202, 108552.
  3. M. Malekan, M.K. Budzik, H. Myhre Jensen, R. Aghababaei: Fracture analyses of surface asperities during sliding contact Trib. Intl. 2021, 159, 106939.
  4. R. Lopes Fernandes, M.K. Budzik, S. Teixeira de Freitas, R. Benedictus: Multi-material adhesive joints with thick bond-lines: crack onset and crack deflection Comp. Struct 2021, 113687.
  5. M.K. Budzik, M. Wolfahrt, P. Reis, M. Kozłowski, J. Sena Cruz, L. Papadakis, M. Saleh, K.V. Machalicka, S. Teixeira de Freitas, A. Vassilopoulos Testing mechanical performance of adhesively bonded composite joints in engineering applications: An overview J. Adhesion 2021, doi.org/10.1080/00218464.2021.1953479.
  6. M.K. Budzik, S. Heide-Jørgensen, R. Aghababaei: Fracture mechanics analysis of delamination along width-varying interfaces Comp. Part B 2021, 108793.
  7. J. Barbalić , V. Rajčić , Ch. Bedon, M.K. Budzik: Short-term analysis of adhesive types and bonding mistakes on Bonded-in-Rod (BiR) connections for timber structures Applied Sciences, 2021, 11, 2665.
  8. A.E.F. Athanasiadis, M.A. Dias, M.K. Budzik: Can confined mechanical metamaterials replace adhesives? Ext. Mech. Letters, 2021, 48, 101411.

Laboratory for Mechanics and Physics

The important part of activities is taking place in Laboratory for Mechanics and Physics of Solids located on the 5th floor of Navitas building.