Structural Analysis and Dynamics

Welcome to the Institute of Structural Analysis and Dynamics

Paul-Ehrlich-St. | Bldg. 14, Room 553 | 67663 Kaiserslautern




The institute is focused on research and teaching in the field of Structural Analysis, Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics (including Experimental Structural Dynamics), Probabilistic Analysis and Innovative and Smart Materials and Structures.

Our Vision

Excellent scientific education and research in the field of structural analysis and dynamics.


Earthquake-proof construction

On September 17, 2019, the first seminar "Earthquake-proof Construction for Architects and Engineers" will take place at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in cooperation with the DGEB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erdbebeningenieurwesen und Baudynamik - German Society for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics). The seminar provides a comprehensive insight into the basics of an earthquake-compliant design and an earthquake-proof design, from seismology to standard-compliant practical implementation.

Contact person:
Konstantin Goldschmidt
Technical University of Kaiserslautern
Mail: konstantin.goldschmidt(at)
Tel.: +49 631 205-2932

Research project:

Innovative methods for determining and reducing seismic risk in Rwanda (InnoRisk)I

Innovative methods to identify and reduce seismic risk in Rwanda

The goal of InnoRisk is to reduce vulnerability to earthquakes in Rwanda by effective disaster prevention in order to sustainably increase the security of the civilian population.

This goal is supported by three main measures: The determination of the seismic risk in Rwanda using innovative methods (supported by the use of artificial neural networks/deep learning to evaluate satellite images), the development of innovative earthquake-proof construction measures and the development and introduction of seismic design guidelines.

By transferring relevant knowledge and experience from German earthquake safety research, know-how will be transferred to Rwanda and competencies will be developed at local authorities, scientific institutions and companies. As a result, Rwanda and Germany are assuming a pioneering role in the region with regard to innovative, earthquake-proof construction. The know-how created can also be applied in other regions that are confronted with similar challenges in terms of earthquake risks, associated with poor construction practices and materials.

The project is currently carrying out initial vulnerability analyses on buildings in Rwanda. This will include measurements, construction methods, materials used, and other parameters, as well as a quick assessment of earthquake hazards. The data will also be used for detailed vulnerability studies in the further course of the project.

SMiRT25 Conference


Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) conferences have a strong history of contributions to the state of practice in the nuclear industry worldwide. The industry is seeking innovation in four areas: development and licensing of advanced and small modular reactors (SMRs), license renewal of operating plants, construction schedule and cost of new builds, and decommissioning.

You can now submit abstracts! Due date for your submission is July 31, 2018.

You can find more Information about abstract submission here.

For more Information on SMiRT 25 please click here

Conference Date: 04-09. August 2019 in North Carolina, USA

48th Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology (AMNT 2017)

16-17 May 2017 | Estrel convention Center Berlin, Germany

The AMNT is one of Europe's most recognized and best established nuclear technology conferences and a must-attend event for international experts and decision-makers working in industry, utilities, research and development, politics and administration. At the AMNT, a high-level forum for expertise and dialogue awaits you.

more information...

5th annual meeting of the German committee for steel concrete

We are happy to host the 5th annual meeting of the German committe for steel concrete (DAfStb) at our University. We aspire to make you participation in de meeting and your stay in Kaiserslautern as instructive and pleasant as possible.

You can find information about the meeting at as well as in the flyers below.

(all information is in German)



Participation in the Quake-Catcher Network

The Institute of Structural Analysis and Dynamics is now a member of the Quake-Catcher Network initiated by the Stanford University (USA). The network is a joint effort for developing the biggest interconnected system that measures earthquakes and vibrations. The Quake-Catcher Network strives to contribute to a better understanding of earthquakes. It is used for research, as a rapid warning system, support of existing emergency systems and disaster control and much more.

Structual Mechanics in Reactor Technology- Manchester- 10- 14.08.2015


The next SMiRT 23 conference will take place from 10th – 14th August 2015 in Manchester

This large international conference has run biannually since 1971 with the event alternating between Asia, North America and Europe. Covering a wide range of technical issues, the event features keynote presentations and plenary lectures from leading figures in nuclear related research and development activities.

Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology – Istanbul - 24.-29.08.2014


Istanbul has an enchanting location spreading over two continents, representing the unique feature for serving as a bridge between different cultures. Istanbul will provide the perfect platform for discussing the major topics of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology along with priority issues of global importance.

Bauingenieur-Kolloquium - Vortrag am 10.07.2014

Dr. Günter Leydecker, Dipl.-Geophys
ehem.: Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover

Erdbeben - seismische Gefährdung - ingenieur-seismologische Standortbegutachtung

Erdbeben überraschen wegen ihrer Plötzlichkeit und ihrer alles erfassenden Erschütterungs- bzw. Zerstörungsfähigkeit. [...]
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SeDIF-Conference – Aachen - 26.-27.09.2013


Beitrag von Rüdiger Meiswinkel (TU Kaiserslautern) und Franz-Hermann Schlüter (SMP Ing. im Bauwesen GmbH, Karlsruhe): Seismic Design of Fastenings with Anchors in Nuclear Power Plants
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Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology – San Francisco – 18.–23.08.2013


Beitrag von Björn Elsche (E.ON Kernkraft GmbH, Hannover), Fritz-Otto Henkel (Wölfel Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, Höchberg) und Rüdiger Meiswinkel (TU Kaiserslautern): Principles governing the Seismic Design of Nuclear Power Plants with regard to the revised German Safety Standard Series KTA 2201
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Beitrag von Fritz-Otto Henkel (Wölfel Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, Höchberg), Rüdiger Meiswinkel (TU Kaiserslautern) und Franz-Hermann Schlüter (SMP Ing. im Bauwesen GmbH, Karlsruhe):Seismic Design of Building Structures and Components with regard to the revised German Safety Standard Series KTA 2201
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Review 2012

The structural engineering faculties report about the scientific activities and projects of the year 2012. Download (available in German language only)


Feb 15, 2011 | Young Researcher Symposium (CM²) at Fraunhofer Zentrum Kaiserslautern

S. Zwecker, S. Klinkel, R. Müller, TU Kaiserslautern. Nonlinear Finite Element Simulation of Thin Dielectric Elastomer Structures.


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