Structural Analysis and Dynamics


New Horizon 2020 project launched to develop an advanced approach for Seismic Risk Assessment of Nuclear Power Plants (Kopie 1)

29th September 2020: The METHODS AND TOOLS INNOVATIONS FOR SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT (METIS) H2020 Project has been officially launched opening a promising research collaboration to improve confidence in nuclear safety by advancing the approach utilised for seismic safety assessments for Nuclear Power Plants. METIS is an EU-funded 4-year project under the Horizon 2020 EURATOM Programme for Research and Innovation having a total budget of €5 million, of which €4 million is funded from the European Commission. The project will be delivered by an international consortium gathering 13 European partners from France, Germany, Italy, Greece, UK, Ukraine and Slovenia alongside with 3 organisations from US and Japan.  The consortium had a virtual kick off meeting held over two days 29th-30th September 2020 attended by 78 participants. The first day was the plenary session which outlined all the Work Packages’ (WP) and on the second day, there was a WP coordination session for more detailed discussion.
Contact person from our institute for this project is Konstantin Goldschmidt

For further information contact: Emma.Luguterah(at) or 0208 935 2714





Earthquake Engineering

Research Topics:

  • Seismic design and vulnerability analysis, risk-based assumed load, Site Response Analysis, spectrum-compatible artificial earthquake time histories
  • Innovative methods for design of structures for earthquake resistance (structural engineering and civil engineering)
  • Seismic Basis Isolation: Concepts and Bearings
  • Anti-Seismic Devices (Damper, Bearings, active and passive Devices)
  • Dynamic interaction between structure and ground (ground-structure interaction) (SSI), pile foundations with pile-soil-pile interaction
  • Experimental studies (dynamic component tests, vibration table test, systems engingeering)



Stuructural Dynamics (including Experimental Structural Dynamics)

Research Topics:

  • Structural monitoring and system indentification
  • Vibrations measurements and shock mesurings, shock prognosis for example human-induced vibration and detonation
  • Load case aircraft crash, impact of projectiles and debris, impact loads
  • Machine foundations (among other turbine table), pile foundations
  • Explosive loads, detonation and deflagration (determination of weapon effect)
  • Experimental dynamic analysis (component test and systems engineering)



Explosion, Blast and Ballistic Loading on Structures

Fields of activity:

  • Explosion loads: Detonation and Deflagration
  • Assessment of explosion wave propagation and explosion loads on structures
  • Simulation of explosion wave propagation, explosion wave reflections
  • Structural safety assessments for explosion loads, dynamic structural analysis
  • Explosion protection using innovative materials
  • Weapons‐Effects, Shelter Design


    Probabilistic and Risk Analysis

    Research Topics

    • Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis,(PSHA)
    • Probabilistic Demand/Capacity Investigations
    • Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA)
    • Seismic Margin Assessments (SMA) and Fragility Analyses
    • Reliability Analysis
    • Risk Analysis and Assessments




    Innovative and Smart Materials and Structures

    Research topics:

    • Development of materials and systems
    • Innovative materials and systems (Adaptive and Smart Materials and Structures),
    • Response control systems (e.g. Dielectric Elastomers, Adaptive Mass Dampers, Active und Passive Vibration Absorbers, Bearings and Systems for Base Isolation)
    • Innovative materials and systems for impact, explosion and blast loads (e.g. damping concrete, DUCON ®, steel fibre concrete, Composite materials)
    • Modeling of materials und programming, FEM implementation
    • Membrane and cable structures



    HiPerCon - High Performance Composite Constuction

    Composite constructions provide high performance with minimal material usage through appropriate use of utilized substances. The University of Kaiserslautern has worked on this research for decades. Through HiPerCon this field of research is going to have extended bearing capacity. This will enable the development of highly optimized multifunctual building components. Further functionality is the precise usage of resource-optimized materials aswell as fire protection and physical construction properties.


    Research topics:

    • Appropriate use of high performance concrete and new building materials
    • Novel construction methods and new fasteners in composite components
    • Optimization of material properties from singular components


    Static and dynamic simulation (including program and software development)

    • Numeric simulation, finite-element method (FEM)
    • Dynamic simulation in time range (implicit and explicit) and in frequency spectrum
    • Boundary element method, discreet element method, thin-tayer method, etc.


    Rhineland-Palatinate research center

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