Bend and Break


About this minor

In this intensive minor you work on typic sub-structures used in civil engineering on a laboratory scale. You will learn about the materials and constructive properties of new and recycled building materials. For example concrete, steel, asphalt, dynamic interaction between train and rails, and failure mechanisms of thin-walled structures. You will work together with a group of students with different backgrounds to come up with solutions, analyze these, and then build and test them in the lab. Workshops and lectures provide the necessary theory and background information. Learning about the different civil engineering fields will help you to put what you have learned into context. Important goals are to learn about construction materials, improve your experimental skills, gain experience of construction disciplines and learn how to work in a group and report on experimental work.

Learning outcomes

In Bend and Break you learn about construction and building materials, and how to design and analyse structures. You build and test your own samples. You experience whether your design and materials behave just as you expected, or if they show less predictable behaviour. This is the kind of experience you need to make responsible decisions in your professional career.

Good to know

Registration for this thematic minor is on a first-come, first-served basis and available places. (No lottery draw).

For whom?

  • University level BSc students with the required pre-knowledge from TUE and UTwente.

  • TU Delft: Bk, CT, IO, LR, MT, TA, TN, Wb, EE, TI

  • HTS students (also called “University of Applied Sciences”) are not allowed, unless specifically admitted by the coordinator. Please email the coordinator with your credentials to apply for possible admission.

Student at Leiden University, TU Delft or Erasmus University Rotterdam?
Check the eligibility matrix to see if your bachelor degree program offers access to this minor at

Student at another educational institution?
External students cannot register via EduXchange. Please consult the registration procedure at

For information about the courses, visit the TU Delft study guide.
For additional information on this minor, visit the TU Delft minor page.

Teaching method and examination

Lectures, workshops, lab work (supervised or mostly independent), lab testing (supervised) and computer simulations.

Assessment (Engels)
The 6 partial courses of 5ec each shown below can be found in detail in the study guide at
Details on practicums are announced by the responsible teacher during the first lecture and mad available on Brightspace. At least 20% of the final grade of each course will be related to an individual assessment of the theory.

Link to more information

  • Credits
    ECTS 30
  • Level
  • Contact coordinator
  • Selection minor
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  • Start date

    2 September 2024

    • Ends
      9 February 2025
    • Term *
      Block MIN N S1
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      15 May, 13:00 - 31 Aug 2024
These offerings are valid for students of TU Delft