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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)


Elastomeric bearings for earthquake isolation
Friction bearing / damper for earthquake isolation

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)


vibration absorber (Taipai 101)

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 cmcm.uni-kl.de