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Research

 

Main research areas

  • Nonlinear damage analysis of reinforced concrete structures

  • Fracture and damage analysis of masonry structures

  • Engineering fracture mechanics

  • Damage mechanics

  • Micromechanics

  • Elastodynamics and wave propagation

  • Finite element method (FEM)

  • Boundary element method (BEM)

  • Dynamic analysis of anisotropic materials with cracks

  • Dynamic analysis of piezoelectric materials with cracks

  • Dynamic analysis of functionally graded materials (FGMs)

  • Inelastic and viscoplastic material behavior

  • Fatigue and durability analysis of materials and structures

 
Selected research projects

  • Fracture mechanics analysis of functionally graded materials (Project supported by the International Buero of the Germnan Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry for Education of the Slovak Republic, in cooperation with Prof. Jan Sladek and Prof. V. Sladek, Slovak Academy of Sciences)
  • Dynamic crack analysis in anisotropic elastic materials by a time-domain boundary element method (DFG-Project)

  • Numerical investigation of the dynamic behavior of piezoceramics with cracks under impact loading (DFG-Project)

  • Mechanical properties of notched structures under multi-axial synchronous cyclic loading (Project supported by DAAD and IKYDA, in cooperation with Prof. Dr.-Ing. G. Savaidis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

  • Computational methods for multicomponent materials for durable and safe structures (Project supported by DAAD and Slovak Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with Prof. Jan Sladek and Prof. V. Sladek, Slovak Academy of Sciences)

  • Transient dynamic crack analysis in piezoelectric solids by BEM (Project supported by DAAD and Spanish Ministry for Education and Research, in cooperation with Prof. A. Saez and Prof. J. Dominguez, School of Engineering, University of Sevilla, Spain)

  • A meshless local Petrov-Galerkin method for 3-D anisotropic elastodynamic problems (DFG-Project, 436 SLK 17/2/05)

  • Implementation of a meshfree method for stress analysis in functionally graded materials (DFG-Project, 436 SLK 17/4/06)

  • Micromechanics of damaged composites under dynamic loading (INTAS-Project with cooperation partners from: Russian, Sweden, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine)
    Here: Photos of the first INTAS-Meeting (Kick-Off Meeting on 02./03. November 2006 in Siegen)

  • Functionally graded materials with cracks under thermal shock (DFG-Project)

  • Boundary Element Analysis of Dynamic Fracture Problems of 3-D Elastic Composites (DFG-Project)

  • Modeling and Simulation of Functional Phononic Materials (DAAD-Project)

  • Theoretical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Phononic Crystals (DFG-Project)