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The group of Daniel Balzani is active in developing methods for the continuum mechanical modeling and simulation of complex materials. Focus is on the development of scale-coupling numerical methods as well as new material models which enable the simulation of materials such as multiphase steels, textile membranes, soft biological tissues, fiber-concrete composites, or hardmetal composites by incorporating uncertainties at different scales. Increasingly, the experimental characterization of nonlinear material properties as well as the unique identification of material parameters become more important.

News of the group

91st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

22.04.2021: After the 90th annual meeting of the GAMM has been cancelled due to the pandemic situation, the chair presented in 10 talks their current research results, covering the areas of biomechanics, topology optimization, uncertainty quantification, numerics, fracture mechanics and electrophysiology.

Hangai Prize winner of 60th IASS 2019 CAD-integrated Parametric Design Cycle for Structural Membranes

15.11.2019: 15.11.2019: Ann-Kathrin Goldbach from Technical University of Munich gives a talk on “Advantages of a CAD-integrated approach for the design cycle of structural membranes”. She won the Hangai Prize of 60th IASS 2019 in Barcelona for the paper: CAD-integrated Parametric Design Cycle for Structural Membranes, A-K. Goldbach, K.-U. Bletzinger.

SPPEXA Final symposium of the Priority Program "Software for Exascale Computing"

21.10.2019: October 21-23, 2019: The results of the second phase of the project "EXASTEEL" within the DFG Priority Program 1648 were presented at the final symposium in Dresden.

International Conference FORM and FORCE in Barcelona / 60th IASS Annual Symposium 2019 - 9th Structural Membranes 2019

07.10.2019: 7.10.2019 – 10.10.2019: In Barcelona, Mehran Motevalli gives a presentation titled as “Orthotropic Hyperelastic Energy Formulations for the Geometrically Nonlinear Simulation of Textile Surface Structures”. A new polyconvex orthotropic material model was presented as a part the joint project of the groups of Prof. Balzani and Prof. Stranghöner of University of Duisburg-Essen, the DFG project of “Characterization and modelling of the nonlinear material behaviour of coated fabrics for membrane structures”.


Ruhr-University Bochum
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chair of Continuum Mechanics
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Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

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