Dr.ir. Henk den Besten


2001 - 2005 BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), The Hague University of Applied 
Sciences (Technische Hogeschool Rijwijk)
Thesis: Fatigue Analysis of Double Walled Oil Tankers
2005 - 2008  MSc degree in Marine Technology (Cum Laude), Delft University of Technology
Thesis: Hydrodynamic Impact of Sandwich Structures with Flexible Core and Damping 

Employment Record:
2008 - 2015  PhD student (AIO) at Marine and Transport Technology Department, Section 
Ship Hydromechanics and Structures, Delft University of Technology.

Professional Memberships:
2013 - present International Ship Structure Committee (ISSC) III.2 Fatigue and Fracture member.

Research Focus:
Fatigue and fracture in common and advanced materials / hydro-elasticity.

Awards and Honours:
Unilever Research Prize 2008 MSc thesis award
Best graduate student 2005 BEng award

2009 Besten J.H. den, Huijsmans R.H.M., 2009, Hydrodynamic Impact of Sandwich Structures with Flexible 
Core and Structural Damping Properties, Proc. of the 5th Int. Conf. on Hydroelasticity in Marine 
Technology – HYEL 2009, Southampton, United Kingdom, 8-10 September 2009, pp 600-610.

2010 Besten J.H. den, Huijsmans R.H.M., 2010, Fatigue in High-Speed Ships: Crack Propagation in 
Aluminum, Proc. of the 11th Int. Symp. on Practical Design of Ships and Other Floating Structures 
– PRADS 2010, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, 19-24 September 2010, pp 1375-1383.

2011 Besten J.H. den, Huijsmans R.H.M., Vredeveldt A., 2011, Hydrodynamic Impact of Sandwich 
Structures with Vibration Isolation and Structural Damping Properties, International Shipbuilding 
Progress 58 (1), pp 1-57.

Besten J.H. den, Huijsmans R.H.M., 2011, Fatigue of High-Speed Aluminium Ships: a Master Curve 
Formulation, Proc. of the 3rd Int. Conf. on Marine Structures – MARSTRUCT 2011, Hamburg, 
Germany, 28-30 March 2011, pp 267-275.

Besten J.H. den, Huijsmans R.H.M., 2011, Fatigue Master Curve Approach for Arc-Welded Aluminium
Joints ~ Mean Stress Effects, Proc. of the 30th Int. Conf. on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering 
– OMAE 2011, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 19-24 June 2011.