TU Dresden RWTH Leibniz Institut

Subproject A01

A New Methodology to Transfer Efficient Mechanisms of Load Transmission from Nature to Structures Made of Carbon Reinforced Concrete

The goal of this subproject is to develop a so-called modular-structure-generator that provides a variety of bioinspired carbon concrete structures, which can be implemented into practice.

Initially, the challenge is to identify essential bionic construction elements – e.g. stems as supporting elements and leaf lamina as shell-like ceiling elements. The aim is to generate a modular construction kit that enables as many construction relevant combinations of bionic elements as possible. To perform efficient and robust simulations, special finite elements with reduced integration and the model order reduction method are applied. The focus is on taking into account both the material anisotropy, due to changing fiber orientations, and coupling conditions between individual modules.

Finally, a screening algorithm is developed that automatically creates various structures consisting of modules available in the construction kit. Such structures are going to be evaluated with regard to their applicability in structural engineering problems.

Scientists

[Translate to English:] Frau Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Reese
Subproject Manager
Stefanie Reese
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Applied Mechanics
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1
D-52074 Aachen
[Translate to English:] Herr Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jaan-Willem Simon
Subproject Manager
Jaan-Willem Simon
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Applied Mechanics
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1
D-52074 Aachen
Research Associate
Domen Macek
M. Sc.
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Applied Mechanics
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1
D-52074 Aachen