Concrete Structures and Structural Design

Institute of concrete structures and structural engineering

Subjects of the working field comprise reinforced and prestressed concrete construction as well as masonry construction represented in lecturing and research.
Technical main emphases are given on:
- Structural design for high performance concrete
- Structural engineering for existing structures
- Innovative floors systems  
- Composite construction consisting of steel plus concrete
- Civil engineering for power stations
- Fastening techniques
The institute runs a well equipped testing facility housing a big testing bed (10 m x 15 m), which is part of the local material testing laboratory MPA. The MPA is officially licensed as an approval and supervising authority for various building products in accordance to the German law for building products (Bauproduktengesetz). The institute is engaged into the approval procedure by numerous manufacturer of building products. The regular research activities are financed by the German research council DFG, the team of industrial research councils AiF, the German federal office for building and environmental planning BBR, the German institute for civil engineering DIBt, the German committee for reinforced concrete DAfStb, the German concrete and civil engineering organization DBV and various companies of the building and construction industry.




Since 2002 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Schnell (born 1953) is a full professor at the institute. He has been graduated in civil engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt and then worked for 23 years for a construction company as structural engineer, site superintendent and head of the technical department. Prof. Schnell is a member of various building code committees, of the expert committee for reinforcing elements and fastening techniques as part of the German institute for civil engineering DIBt as well as of various further technical scientific committees. Since 2012 he is the president of the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete DAfStb. He belongs to the supervising board for the municipal material testing laboratory Kaiserslautern and is a licensed engineer for structural engineering.

“Juniorprofessur” Energy-efficient buildings

Matthias Pahn is professor as Juniorprofessor at the institute of concrete structures and structural engineering since November 2011. He teaches “energy-efficient buildings”. The lectures combine the topics of building construction and energy consumption. Main objective of the research is the development of structures that consist of energy-efficient construction elements. The construction elements are designed so that functions like thermal insulation, heating, cooling and energy storage are enhanced. Mr. Pahn graduated in Civil Engineering at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Then, he worked as structural engineer for bridge constructions at SSF Ingenieure in Berlin. Until 2010 Matthias Pahn was a research assistant at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. He is member of the expert committee for “non-metallic reinforcement” as part of Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt) and the scientific committee fib Task Group 9.3 “FRP reinforcement for concrete structures”.

Juniorprofessur "experimental structural engineering"

In April 2012, Dr.-Ing. Catherina Thiele (born in 1878) was appointed the professorship ”experimental structural engineering”. Mrs. Thiele has graduated in civil engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Thereafter she worked as a research assistant at the TU Kaiserslautern. Her research field was and is the shear load capacity of concrete slabs with integrated ducts. Since 2002 she deals with anchor systems in concrete. Since 2010 she is the head of the department “anchorages” of the MPA Kaiserslautern. She is member of the expert committee for “anchorages” as part of Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt). She is responsible for different research projects in the field of “anchors”. Her lectures are “scientific work in structural engineering” and “Anchorages in concrete constructions”. A very new research field is the fire resistance of structural elements.

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