The research activities of the department Fastening and Strengthening Methods cover fastenings in concrete, masonry and other materials, strengthening of reinforced concrete structures and numerical simulation of chemo-hygro-thermo-mechanical processes in reinforced concrete structures. The focus lies on dynamic loading as impact, seismic, fatigue, environmental influences and special loadings.
- Fastening technology
Fundamental research fastening technology investigates the load bearing behavior and the durability of various fastenings in concrete and masonry
- Innovative Strengthening with Fastenings
Based on experimental and numerical analyses strengthening methods for reinforced concrete structures are examined and new design models developed.
- Numerical Simulation
In order to support experimental tests, in the last two decades the 3D Finite Element Code MASA was developed. The code is aimed to be used for the non-linear nalysis of concrete and reinforced concrete structures.
- Adhesive Bonding
Adhesive bonding on concrete surfaces is one of the latest development in fastening technology. The department Fastening and Strengthening Methods investigates the basic behavior of theses bondings and new testing methods.
- Hazard Engineering
Examination of the load bearing behavior of fastenings and strengthenings under special loadings as fire, seismic, impact.