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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

Initiation of the GAMM Student Chapter Bochum

05.12.2021: With supported of the GAMM representant Prof. Dr.-ing. habil. Daniel Balzani a GAMM student chapter has been established at the Ruhr University Bochum. The first board of directors is formed by Maximilian Köhler (president), Dennis Ogiermann (vice-president) and Hendrik Dorn (secretary and treasurer). Researchers and students with connection to applied mathematics or mechanics who interested in a membership can write Maximilian Köhler ( an informal mail.
The student chapter provides a space in which scientific presentations about a wide range of related topics are organized, interdisciplinary, open discussions are carried out, and, once we have the possibility again, an environment for joint recreational activities.

Annual Meeting of the DFG Priority Program 1886

25.10.2021: Niklas Miska and Daniel Balzani present the current results of the project at the annual meeting of the DFG-funded priority program 1886 "Polymorphic uncertainty quantification for the numerical design of structures".

First place in the simulation and visualisation contest at the MFEM workshop 2021

21.10.2021: In the simulation and visualization contest on this years' MFEM workshop has Dennis Ogiermann been placed first in the category "images". An image of a the two large chambers of a rabbit heart during its electrical activation together with the resulting electrical field in the form of field lines has been presented.

Presentation on the FIMH 2021

26.07.2021: On this years' virtually organized FIMG conference in Stanford has Dennis Ogiermann presented on the effects of modelling assumptions on the simulation of electrocardiograms (ECGs) from electrophysiological simulations of hearts. The associated conference paper can be found under

Ogiermann, Dennis, Daniel Balzani, and Luigi E. Perotti. "The Effect of Modeling Assumptions on the ECG in Monodomain and Bidomain Simulations." International Conference on Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart. Springer, Cham, 2021.

This work has been done in cooperation with PhD Luigi Perotti from the University for Central Florida.


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