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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

ICIAM 2023 Contribution about Space-Time Adaptivity in Cardiac Simulations

18.09.2023: At the prestigious ICIAM 2023 at the Waseda University Tokyo, Dennis Ogierman was given the opportunity to present and discuss the latest local space-time adaptive simulation scheme for cardiac electrophysiology, developed at the LKM, in the minisymposium organized by Luca Dede and Alfio Quarteroni.

Presentation at the Cardiac Imaging, Mechanics, and Modeling Symposium 2023

12.08.2023: This year Prof. Daniel Ennis hosted the CIM2 again to strengthen the cooperation within the imaging and mechanical communities. Dennis Ogiermann contributed a talk to this minisymposium, where latest insights on active and passive material properties of cardiac tissue were analyzed with the help of an extended generalized Hill framework.

GAMM Student Chapter Science Slam

04.07.2023: Mischa Blaszczyk from the GAMM student chapter Bochum has together with the local chapters from the universities Hannover and Hamburg a science slam organized.
The science slam has been hosted by the Leibniz University Hannover.
Sharan Ramesh and Dennis Ogiermann have presented their research topics with presentation titled "Modelling the effect of anti hypertensive drugs on arteries" and "Making the Heart Beat Faster: Space-Time Adaptive Simulations of Cardiac Electrophysiology" respetively.

Presentation at the 12th FIMH

23.06.2023: Dennis Ogiermann has presented his work about analyses and comparative studies of common active mechanical material frameworks on the 12th international conference on functional imaging and modeling of the heart in Lyon.

Chair of Continuum Mechanics at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM'23, Dresden)

30.05.2023: 93nd Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM'23), which took place in Dresden from May 30 to June 2, 2022, has successfully come to an end. The Chair of Continuum Mechanics presented a whole range of current research work, from biomechanics to higher-order models for microelectromechanical structures. A total of 10 presentations were given: Experienced scientists and fresh doctoral students presented new scientific developments of the Chair. There were lively discussions about current scientific questions and potential cooperation. See you next year at the GAMM annual meeting in Magdeburg!

MakieCon 2023

02.05.2023: Dennis Ogiermann and Max Köhler gave a presentation titled "Visualizing PDE Solutions on Unstructured Meshes with Makie.jl" at MakieCon 2023 in Jena. The talk centered around finite element visualizations using the Julia package Makie.jl, for which both employees are developing a package called FerriteViz.jl.

Advanced seminar "Micropolar Continua and beyond" at TU Berlin

29.03.2023: A talk on "Numerically stable mixed FE for higher-order electromechanical coupling in piezoelectric solids" was successfully given by Prince Henry Serrao (research assistant at the Chair of Continuum Mechanics) and Dr. Sergey Kozinov during the Advanced Seminar on "Micropolar Continua and beyond". This seminar was organised at TU Berlin at the Department of Mechanics, Chair of Continuum Mechanics and Materials Theory by Prof. Wolfgang H. Müller.

The black belt of science

03.02.2023: On January 23rd, Dennis Wingender defended his thesis "Efficient Simulation of Brittle and Ductile Crack Propagation at Finite Strains through Metallic Microstructures based on Voxel Data". The thesis was awarded the highest grade with distinction. This means that Dennis W., a great friend of judo, now officially has a black belt in science.

The following journal publications were produced during his PhD studies: Simulation of crack propagation through voxel-based, heterogeneous structures based on eigenerosion and finite cells, Simulation of crack propagation based on eigenerosion in brittle and ductile materials subject to finite strains

22nd GAMM Seminar on Microstructures

26.01.2023: Maximilian Köhler, a staff member at the Chair of Continuum Mechanics at Ruhr-University Bochum, participated in the 22nd GAMM Microstructure Seminar and presented his talk titled "Advances in relaxed continuum damage mechanics at finite strains: Adaptive convexification and strain softening". The seminar was held at the TU Vienna. In the talk, he presented the new Reconvexify approach, which was recently published in this paper.

Africomp 2022 - Presentations in Capetown

02.11.2022: From the 2nd to 4th November 2022, the 5th African Conference on Computational Mechanics took place in Capetown, South Africa. The chair was represented by Dennis Wingender and Niklas Miska, who held presentations on their research topics and participated in the scientific exchange. Naturally, some time off the conference was used to explore the unique venue and its surroundings.


Ruhr-University Bochum
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chair of Continuum Mechanics
Building IC Floor 03, room 741
P.O. Box No. 5
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

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