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

Research at the Institute of 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:

  • non-linear, dynamic contact problems
  • adaptive path following methods
  • isogeometric finite elements for shells and continua
  • variational methods for mass scaling in non-linear dynamics
  • adaptive coupling of molecular dynamics and continua
  • structural optimization
  • biomimetics
  • adaptive structures

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 the cluster of excellence "simulation technology" within the Stuttgart Research Center Simulation Technology, in the collaborative research center 1244 "adaptive building skins and structures" as well as the transregional collaborative research center "biological design and integrative structures".


Manfred Bischoff
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.

Manfred Bischoff

Head of Institute


Institut for Structural Mechanics

Pfaffenwaldring 7, D-70550 Stuttgart

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