Shells, finite element technology and isogeometric analysis, nonlinear structural mechanics and adaptive structures, dynamics and mass scaling

Research at the Institute for Structural Mechanics covers many aspects of non-linear computational structural mechanics. Our scientific work has a strongly interdisciplinary character and is mostly oriented towards development of methods and algorithms to model and solve problems in structural mechanics. The main focal points are finite element methods and shells.

Current subjects involve:

  • finite element technology
  • higher order shell models
  • isogeometric finite elements for shells and continua
  • adaptive path following
  • nonlinear dynamics and mass scaling
  • adaptive structures
  • data-integrated analysis and model reduction
  • redundancy matrices for load bearing structures
  • form finding and optimization

Our research is supported financially by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The research group is also integrated in two clusters of excellence, "Data-integrated Simulation Science (SimTech)" and "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC)" as well as in the collaborative research center 1244 "adaptive building skins and structures".


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Manfred Bischoff

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.

Head of Institute


Institut for Structural Mechanics

Pfaffenwaldring 7, D-70550 Stuttgart

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