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  • Soete Laboratory
  • Dept. Mechanical Construction and Production
  • Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 903
  • B-9052 Zwijnaarde
  • T: +32 9 331 04 89
  • F: +32 9 331 04 90
  • E: see staff info

Who we are

The Soete Laboratory has been named after Prof. Walter Soete since 1982, who was a director of the laboratory from 1946 to 1982. The laboratory is a research group of the Department of Electromechanics (Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture) and consists of a team of motivated people.

Soete Laboratory is part of the Metal Structures Centre (MSC) and of the valorisation consortium METALS.

What we do

Soete Laboratory covers the education of numerous Mechanical Engineering courses at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University. Our courses range from structural analysis, over machine elements and welding to applied student projects. More information can be found under education.

Next to our educational tasks, about half of our activities concern basic research, while the other half consists of applied research as a service to the industry in the fields of weld testing, fracture mechanics, failure analysis, tribology and fatigue.

In the field of tribology our main area of interest is the behaviour of bearing materials for large-scale applications. Over the years we have gathered the necessary experience and developed the experimental facilities to simulate the proper working conditions in such large-scale applications. For the testing of machines, welds and components in fatigue we possess a large array of servohydraulic testers, including a modular test-floor to perform both standardised as made-to-order tests.

Soete Laboratory considers safety as a priority. More information on our safety policy is given here.

Upcoming conferences

Tacon/MSC seminar on
Engineering Critical Assessment

19 May 2016
Zwijnaarde, Belgium

5th International Conference
on Fracture Fatigue and Wear
(FFW 2016)

24-26 August 2016
Kitakyushu, Japan

12th International Conference
on Damage Assessment of Structures
(DAMAS 2017)

10-12 July 2017
Kitakyushu, Japan

  Tacon/ECA seminar on Engineering Critical Assessment
26/11/2015 Many metal structures and industrial components are designed to withstand severe static and cyclic loads. Their integrity is affected by the presence and/or development of defects. Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA) serves to evaluate detected or assumed defects. There is an industry necessity for better understanding the benefit and application of these structural integrity assessments. To address this need, the Metal Structures Centre (OCAS, Belgian Welding Institute and Soete Laboratory, Ghent University) organizes a seminar at the Technologiepark 935 (Zwijnaarde) on May 19, 2016. Concrete case studies from various industry sectors will be presented and the opportunity for networking with international colleagues will encourage open and inter-disciplinary discussions.
  ie-award for Stijn Herregodts
26/11/2015 Stijn Herregodts won the best engineering thesis award presented by ie-net with his master thesis entitled "Intra-articular Pressure Measurement of the Tibiofemoral Knee Joint". More information can be found here. Congratulations!
  BIL/NIL lassymposium (in Dutch)
28/10/2015 On 24 and 25 November, the Belgian and Dutch Welding Institute organise their yearly welding symposium in Antwerp. More information can be found here.
The Belgian Welding Institute is one of Soete Laboratory's partners in the Metals Structures Centre.
  The first Ageing Pipelines Conference (7-9 October 2015, Ostend, Belgium): a success!
10/10/2015 Soete Laboratory, Tiratsoo Technical and Clarion Technical Conferences organised the first edition of the Ageing Pipelines Conference. The conference took place in Ostend, Belgium from 7 to 9 October 2015.
Having received 102 attendants from 13 different countries spanning the entire world (including Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia), we can look back at a successful first edition of the conference. The event was attended by pipeline operators, regulatory bodies, manufacturers, research institutes and design consultants, thus attracting a balanced audience. This highlights the need for a better understanding of ageing infrastructures, which is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the world of pipelines.
  Job opportunity: Business Developer at Ghent University: Metals and Metal Constructions
04/09/2015 Click here for more information on a vacancy as business developer in the field of metals and metal constructions.
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