Strength of materials and Biomechanics

  • Strength of materials: homogenization theory, scaling methods for inelastic systems, molecular mechanics, power principles, structural theories, numerical methods (finite elements, finite volumes), strength theories for concrete and wood, micro- and nanoscopic experiments for elasticity and strength determination
  • Biomechanics: Bone, tendons, arteries, implant materials, DNA; quantitative analysis of imaging (computed tomographic) techniques in medicine; mathematical systems biology, mechanobiology; epidemiology

Structural Simulations and Timber Engineering

  • Mechanical simulation of structures across multiple length scales
  • Material modelling of wood, wood products, bio-composites, fired clay, and brick products
  • Development and application of computational concepts for complex orthotropic material systems
  • Computational modeling in timber engineering

Structural Analysis and Experimental Mechanics

  • Structural analysis: theory (derivation of structural theories using fundamental power principles) and applications in the context of multi-scale structural analysis (concrete hinges, tunnel linings, pavement structures, etc.).
  • Experimental Mechanics: Development of innovative experimental methods both in the laboratory and the field, as the basis for multi-scale modeling of materials and structures.

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Building Materials

  • Materials research/materials technology, materials testing, construction chemistry and building restoration, focus on: concrete technology, UHPC, geopolymers
  • Structural fire protection, fire simulations and modelling, computational science in fire
  • Sustainability of building materials and recycling

Building Physics

  • Safety concepts and service life prognosis for the planning of components and buildings
  • Simulation and measurement methods for room acoustics, building acoustics and environmental noise prediction
  • Virtual cities for sustainable and energy-efficient development of the built environment

Ecological Building Technologies

  • Simulation and metrological investigation, optimisation and development of ecological materials and constructions
  • Investigation of the building-physical, energetic and microclimatic effects of greening buildings
  • Simulation and metrological investigation and optimisation of streetscapes and urban districts (Green/Smart Cities)

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Integrated Planning and Industrial Building

  • Integral planning, life cycle-oriented planning processes
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Energy and resource efficiency in industrial construction

Building Construction and Building Preservation

  • Structural design in building construction, structural assessment of existing structures
  • Development and investigation of materials with special consideration of fracture mechanical properties and biomechanical investigations
  • Earthquake engineering with special consideration of existing structures and their retrofitting

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Steel Structures

  • Optimization of steel and composite structures
  • Development of an innovative sandwich plate with an extremely low construction height
  • Research on stiffness and dissipation behavior of the ballast superstructure
  • Modeling of the dynamic behavior of railway bridge structures

Structural Concrete

  • Development of construction method and structural systems
  • Assessment and evaluation of concrete structures
  • Modeling and simulation of concrete structures

Mechanics and Structural Dynamics

  • Modeling, numerical simulation and measurement techniques in mechanics/structural dynamics
  • (Nonlinear) vibration and stability problems
  • Earthquake engineering
  • General dynamic safety assessment of structures

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Engineering Geology

  • Subsurface models, hydrogeology, structural geology, mass movements
  • Geotechnical fundamentals and modeling in rock and tunnel construction, geohazards
  • Mineral building materials, preservation of monuments

Ground Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics

  • Soil and rock mechanics, soil dynamics, numerical methods in geotechnics, earthworks, ground engineering, tunnelling and cavern construction, deep foundations
  • Geothermal energy, environmental geotechnics, geosynthetics, innovative construction materials, ground improvement, special foundation engineering
  • Natural hazards mitigation, disaster prevention and management

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Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Hydromechanics

  • Monitoring of velocity, water discharge and sediment flux in rivers and lakes
  • Design, analysis and optimization of hydraulic structures by means of laboratory experiments and numerical modelling
  • Analysis of scour processes and design of protective measures by means of laboratory experiments and numerical modelling
  • Analysis and design of river rehabilitation schemes

Engineering Hydrology and Water Resources Management

  • Monitoring in water management (field measurements methods, remote sensing)
  • Simulation (interdisciplinary): Floods and droughts, groundwater, water supply, climate change adaptation
  • Risk analysis of water infrastructure and systems; resource management

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Water Quality Management

  • Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment – process development, optimisation, modelling
  • Sewage sludge and biogas – energy efficiency, resource recovery and nutrient efficiency
  • Water Resource and River Basin Management
  • Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) – organic trace compounds, microplastic, wastewater-based epidemiology, antibiotic resistance

Waste and Resourcemanagement

  • Analysis, evaluation and design of the anthropogenic metabolism
  • Optimization of waste management processes and systems
  • Characterization of the pollutant and valuable material potential of residual materials
  • Investigations on landfill metabolism and aftercare

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Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

  • Strategic and environmental planning of transport infrastructure
  • System understanding and effects of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems)
  • Energy-minimising transport and settlement structures
  • Dynamic land use and transport modelling
  • Macroscopic, microscopic and dynamic traffic modelling

Track-bound Transportation Systems

  • Holistic view of the railway system
  • Railway operation (incl. simulation) and interoperability
  • Noise (protection)
  • Interaction between people and the railway system
  • Ropeways, transport economics, public transport

Road Engineering

  • Design, planning and construction of road and airfield pavements
  • Technology and development of construction materials for road pavements
  • Numerical and experimental methods in pavement engineering
  • Maintenance and operation management of roads and airfields

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Construction Process and Methods

  • Optimisation of construction process and site management
  • Performance and cost forecasting in tunnelling and civil engineering
  • Quality, safety and environmental protection, life cycle cost analysis

Construction Economics and Management

  • Tendering Procedures, Contract Design and Contract Management
  • Cost Estimation, Scheduling and Controlling
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Organization and Leadership

Digital Building Process

  • Modeling of building construction and building processes
  • openBIM in building processes and building authority processes
  • Augmented reality in civil engineering
  • Digital Construction

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