Master students

Informations about modules and theses for Master students

Modules in summer term 2024

Modules in winter term 2023/2024

Master Theses

Topics for master theses

  1. Ausfallsicherheit von adaptiven Tragwerken durch Energiespeicherung und Dissipation
  2. Berechnungsmethoden für adaptive Seilkonstruktionen
  3. Buckling behavior of telescope structures for future aerial working platforms
  4. Mixed-Displacement method and polygonal plate finite elements
  5. Implementation and comparison of different methods for the exact calculation of critical points
  6. Model order reduction for different discretizations
  7. Redundancy Distribution in Reduced Models
  8. Investigation of the Suitability of Higher-Order 3D-Shell Elements for the Simulation of Laminate Structures
  9. An investigation of intrinsically locking-free beam formulations for arbitrary discretization schemes
  10. Comparison of the Mixed-Displacement method with alternative unlocking schemes
  11. Comparison of various tesselations for the stiffening of rectangular plates
  12. Reliability of Redundant Frame Structures

Interested in a topic?
Contact Malte von Scheven to get your desired topic. He can provide you with further information and requirements for the individual topics and will then search for a supervising employee.

All theses can be written both in German and in English - independently from the formulation of the scope of work that is uploaded on this website.
The topics are also not assigned to special study programs.
In addition, we are open for your own suggestions of feasible theses topics. Please contact us.

Europe-Colorado Program

The “Europe-Colorado Program” of the University of Colorado in Boulder offers students with above-average academic performance the opportunity to complete their bachelor thesis or master thesis in Boulder. For this purpose, there is an agreement with the Institute for Structural Mechanics, which provides the formal supervision as well as the grading.

The content is primarily, but not exclusively, relevant to the offerings of the Departments Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Sciences.

If you are interested in applying to this program, contact Malte von Scheven, Room 1.005.

Flyer of Europe-Colorado-Program

Master thesis in cooperation with industry

General remarks
Many companies offer topics for master theses. In this context, the following points need clarification:

  1. Industrial companies are not in the position to offer a thesis. Only university staff is eligible to do this. Thus, strictly speaking, these offers lack legal justification.
  2. This fact does not exclude the possibility of accepting the thesis topic, but the lead is clearly on the university side. It is the responsibility of the company to establish relations to institutions that are eligible and willing to advise a master theses in cooperation with the company. Ideally, this is done before launching the offer of a thesis.
  3. Sometimes, cooperation with university professors has been negotiated by the companies beforehand. In these cases, it needs to be checked whether the corresponding professor is authorised to conduct examinations in the respective study programme. Otherwise, he or she can not advise a thesis without further consulting the examination comittee (Prüfungsausschuss).

Master thesis at the IBB
If you have identified a thesis topic offered by a company, which you think fits the profile of IBB, please proceed as follows:

  1. Find out, whether the company has already made agreements with different possible advisors (in the spirit of the 3rd point above).
  2. If this is not the case, ask the company to provide a draft of a task description following the format used by IBB and get into contact with us (mail to You can take the thesis offers above as templates.

Completed Theses

An overview of completed theses can be found here.

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