Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

TU Berlin a Brief Introduction. Teaching and Research at the Chair of Structural and Computational Mechanics


Prof Manfred W Zehn


Director of the Institute of Mechanics, Chair of Structural and Computational Mechanics

Time & Place

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:00:00 NZDT in E16 (Engineering Core Bldg)


Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) was founded in 1879 (Royal Technical College of Berlin), and is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Europe. TU Berlin was the cradle of academic engineering education in Germany. TU Berlin is globally ranked 82nd (7th in Germany) in the 2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

TU Berlin covers 604,000 m², distributed over various locations in the very heart of the German’s capital. In the seven faculties of the University are 35000 students enrolled in 90 subjects and 9000 staff working. These disciplines find concrete expression in around 40 Bachelor’s and 60 Master’s programs. Many of these are indeed unique. TU Berlin is the only university in the capital region offering engineering subjects. The university has one of the highest proportions of international students in Germany of almost 20% in 2017. TU Berlin continues international collaboration with hundreds of universities all over the world to exchange knowledge and experience.

The university alumni and professor list include US National Academies members, two National Medal of Science laureates, and ten Nobel Prize winners. The range of services offered by the seven Faculties serves to forge a unique link between the natural and technical sciences on the one hand, and the planning, economics and social sciences and humanities on the other.
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems combines classical engineering sciences such as Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Automobile Technology, Computational Engineering Sciences, Microtechnology, Medical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Shipbuilding, Railway Engineering as well as Psychology and Ergonomics, under one roof in five institutes.

The chair of structural and computational mechanics is teaching in courses in various subjects of Engineering Mechanics (for undergraduates and graduates), Structure Mechanics, Structure Dynamics, Finite Element Method, and Analytical Mechanics.

Areas and subjects of research are:
• Efficient modelling, simulation, and testing of complex structures and systems, including experimental results and non-mechanical components;
• Model reduction and simplification of large and over detailed structures and coupling with experiments and test results for functional and process simulation;
• Validation and verification of large and complex FE and MKS models under utilisation of experimental and test results;
• Optimal design of light weight constructions (strength of material, vibration properties, structure borne acoustics),
• Dampers and in particular railway damper systems,
• Further development of FE and other numerical methods for the simulation of structures and systems: FE „real time analysis“ with co-rotational formulations,
• Optimal design, modeling, testing, and defect and damage diagnosis of parts made of composite materials and its integration into complex technical structures,
• Coupling of FEM and MBS: modelling of elastic multibodies
• Modelling of biological material