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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

1st Ageing Pipelines Conference

5-9 October 2015
Ostend, 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.
  Two new assistant professors starting on October 1!
02/09/2015 Soete Laboratory welcomes two new full-time assistant professors, Dieter Fauconnier and Stijn Hertelé. Dieter Fauconnier will initiate research in the field of numerical tribology with a focus on lubricated contacts. Stijn Hertelé's research activities will be directed towards analytical and numerical fracture mechanics, focussing on steel welds. Both professors will perform teaching activities in the fields of machine design, materials selection, tribology, fracture mechanics and project-based engineering courses.
  4th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear
02/09/2015 The 3rd International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear, FFW 2015, was successfully organised at Ghent, Belgium, in the period 27-28 August 2015. Photos of the conference can be downloaded here
  11th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures
02/09/2015 The 11th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures, DAMAS 2015, was successfully organised at Ghent, Belgium, in the period 24-26 August 2015. Photos of the conference can be downloaded here
  Congratulations for Timothy Galle!
23/07/2015 We congratulate our colleague Timothy Galle for being selected as a finalist and winning the 2nd Runner-Up award at the 2015 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference, Boston, MA, USA!
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