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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

Upcoming conferences

11th International Conference on
Damage Assessment of Structures

24-26 August 2015
Ghent, Belgium

4th International Conference on
Fracture Fatigue and Wear

27-28 August 2015
Ghent, Belgium

Pipeline Technology 2017

2-4 October 2017
Bruges, Belgium

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 comprises the department of Mechanical Construction and Production of the Ghent University and consists of a team of motivated people.

Soete Laboratory is part of the Metal Structures Centre or MSC.

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.

NEW Several PhD vacancies
Several openings for PhD students are available. We are looking for motivated young engineers! Take a look at our vacancy page for additional details. Please express your interest by completing Soete Laboratory's PhD application form.
  Visit to Huisman BV
15/12/2014 On 15 December 2014, Soete Laboratory got the opportunity to visit Huisman BV and seized the opportunity to invite their MSc thesis students to this visit. Check it out here!
  3rd International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear
18/09/2014 The 3rd International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear, FFW 2014, was successfully organised at Kitakyushu, Japan, in the period 1-3 September 2014. Photos of the conference can be found here
  Updated virtual tour
4/08/2014 We have updated our virtual tour. Check it out!
  Congratulations for Reza Hojjati!!
3/06/2014 ... and after the recent graduations of Yeczain and Jacob, Reza Hojjati has also obtained his PhD degree as a reward for his successful work on fretting fatigue! Reza dealt with numerical predictions of fretting fatigue lifetime, dealing with both crack initiation and crack propagation. Congratulations!
  Congratulations for Jacob Sukumaran!!
27/05/2014 We are happy to announce that our colleague Jacob Sukumaran has obtained his PhD degree after an interesting and entertaining public defence! Jacob's work has pushed the state-of-the-art in optical condition monitoring of polymer wear. Congrats!
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