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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.

Presentations at the 9th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics

21.09.2022: The 9th annual colloquium on continuum mechanics organised by the German Association for Computational Mechanics (GACM) took place from the 21st to 23rd of September. This event was jointly hosted by the Institute of Structural Analysis and the Institute of Mechanics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Dennis Ogiermann, Sharan Nurani Ramesh and Johannes Riesselmann presented their current work in the fields of biomechanics and gradient-enhanced mixed finite element methods.

Chair of Continuum Mechanics at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM'22, Aachen)

15.08.2022: 92nd Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM'22), which took place in Aachen from August 15 to 19, 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. The lecture program can be found under the following link. A total of 13 presentations were given: Experienced scientists and fresh doctoral students presented new scientific developments of the Chair. This was the first opportunity in the last two years to meet in the presence the entire "mechanical" community in Germany resulting in lively discussions about current scientific questions and potential cooperation. See you next year at the GAMM annual meeting in Dresden!

Presentations at the WCCM 2022

31.07.2022: This year's "15th World Congress on Computational Mechanis (WCCM)" (initially planned to take place in Yokohama) was held in online format again. Here, during the time period from 31. July to 05. August, Niklas Miska, Mehran Motevalli, Dennis Ogiermann, Johannes Riesselmann, Klemens Uhlmann and Dennis Wingender used the opportunity to present their current research results and get into the exchange of scientific ideas on the international stage.

International Symposium in honor of Professor Gerhard A. Holzapfel’s 60th birthday

30.06.2022: Biomechanics:
Challenges of the Next Decade, Graz, June 30 – July 1, 2022
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Balzani gives talk about Mesh-independent simulation of damage in soft biological tissues

Objectives of the symposium

Biomechanics is a challenging subject that studies living systems by means of the development, extension, and application of mechanics to better understand biological, engineering and medical phenomena. Nonlinear continuum mechanics, multiscale modeling, advanced 3D imaging techniques together with unprecedented predictive computational power allow us to solve cutting-edge biomechanics problems with rather complex patient-specific anatomies.
Interdisciplinary approaches that address phenomena at the nano-, micro-, or macro-levels are often required to solve such problems. Mechanics, natural sciences such as biophysics, biochemistry, and mathematics, as well as biomedical-, tissue-, health care-, computer- and biomolecular engineering sciences need to be combined with medicine to tackle real-world problems.
This symposium aims to gather the expertise of established and emerging scientists with backgrounds in the relevant areas of solid (bio)mechanics. It will highlight the state-of-the-art research in mathematical modeling, computational simulation, and experimental methods for testing of a range of biological tissues. In addition, it will highlight some major challenges of the next decade and how we can be better prepared for them.

SFB Closing Workshop and EuroTun 2021

21.06.2022: The closing workshop of the SFB 837 ''Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling" was held in the Convention Centre of the Ruhr-University Bochum. Afterwards, the conference ''EuroTun 2021: Computational Methods and Information Models in Tunneling" took place from the 22nd to the 24th of June at which Dennis Wingender and Daniel Balzani presented a talk with the title ''Simulation of crack propagation as major contributor to wear in hard metals using real microstructure data".

Presentations at ICoNSoM

13.06.2022: As one of the most beautiful conference destinations this year, Lubna Makhool, Dennis Wingender, Klemens Uhlmann und Prof. Daniel Balzani flew to Alghero, Sardinia and presented their research regarding nonlinear solid mechanics. Besides the scientific exchange with Prof. Zdeněk Bažant, Prof. Gerhard Holzapfel and others, they were able to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and the sunny weather by extending their stay.

Presentation at the ECCOMAS 2022

05.06.2022: Maximilian Köhler gave a talk in Oslo at the ECCOMAS with the title "Multidimensional Rank-One Convexification of Incremental Damage Formulations: Algorithmic Treatment, Implementation Aspects, and Numerical Analysis". The presentation was created in collaboration with the mathematics cooperation partners from Augsburg Timo Neumeier, Daniel Peterseim and Malte A. Peter.

Within the talk it was shown how to construct multi dimensional rank-one convex envelopes and which properties they have within the application of continuum damage mechanics.

SPP 2311 Kickoff Meeting - Stuttgart

23.05.2022: The kickoff meeting for the Priority Program 2311 titled "Robust Coupling of Continuum-biomechanical In Silico Models to Establish Active Biological System Models for Later Use in Clinical Applications – Co-design of Modelling, Numerics and Usability" took place on the 23rd and 24th of May in Stuttgart. Sharan Nurani Ramesh, Klemens Uhlmann and Daniel Balzani presented the current developments in the research project "Modeling and simulation of pharmacomechanical fluid-structure interaction for improved cardiovascular disease treatment". The project is a collaboration between Prof. Dr. Axel Klawonn (University of Cologne), Prof. Dr. Oliver Rheinbach (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) and Prof. Dr. Daniel Balzani.

SFB Statusseminar

10.05.2022: The annual Statusseminar of the SFB 837 ``Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling'' took place in the Schnellenberg Castle in Attendorn at the 20th and 21st of May. Here, Dennis Wingender and Daniel Balzani presented the current state of the subproject C6 ''Multiscale modeling, simulation and optimization of cutting tools regarding their tribological behavior".

SPP 2256 Winter School in Augsburg

07.03.2022: Prof. Balzani presented at the winter school "Multiple Scales in Mathematics and Engineering" in Augsburg a lecture series with the title "Computational Homogenization - Introduction to the FE2-Method". The lecture series started with basic concepts of the method. In the second part of the presentation recent research results were presented as e.g., extension to dynamic problems and dual phase steel application.

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.
The official homepage of the chapter can be found here:

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.

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”.

XV International Conference on Computational Plasticity in Barcelona

04.09.2019: 04.09.2019: Entitled with "Optimization-based comparison of different
approaches for the automatized calculation of residual stresses and
fiber orientations in arteries", Anna Zahn gives a speech within the
research area of biomechanics on the conference COMPLAS in Barcelona.

8th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics in Kassel

28.08.2019: 28.-30.08.2019: Yannick Fangye, Johannes Riesselmann and Anna Zahn give
talks on the subjects "C0 continuous finite elements for gradient
elasticity at finite strains", "Simulation of dual–phase steel
microstructures using optimized arrangements of finite cells" and
"Optimization–based comparison of different anisotropic models for
growth and remodeling in arterial walls" on the GACM Colloquium in
Kassel. This conference intends to bring together young scientists from
academia and industry to present and discuss their actual research results.

15th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM) in Austin

05.08.2019: 28.07.-01.08.2019: Erik Tamsen, Johannes Riesselmann and Daniel Balzani each present current results at the USNCCM congress in Austin, Texas. The talks are on the subjects "Fully-Coupled Numerical Framework for Dynamic Simulations on Two Scales", "A C0-Continuous Mixed Finite Element Formulation for Gradient Elasticity at Finite Strains" and "Quantification of Optimal Bounds on the Probability of Failure with Application to Sheet Metal
Forming of DP Steel".

ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Modern Finite Element Technologies / Annual Meeting of the DFG Priority Program 1748 in Bad Honnef

04.07.2019: 01.-03.07.2019: Johannes Riesselmann and Daniel Balzani present current results of the project at the annual meeting of the DFG priority program SPP 1748. This years meeting of the SPP 1748 is part of the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference - MFET in Bad Honnef, at which Johannes Riesselmann gives the presentation "Robust C0-Continuous Finite Elements for Finite Strain Gradient Elasticity".

Euromech Colloquium 600 - New Challenges in Finite Element Technology in Aachen

15.03.2019: 12.03.-14.03.2019: Johannes Riesselmann and Daniel Balzani attend the Euromech Colloquium 600 - New Challenges in Finite Element Technology in Aachen with the contribution "A C0-Continuous Finite Element Formulation for Finite Gradient Elasticity"

Annual Meeting of the DFG Priority Program 1886

08.10.2018: 08.10.2018: In Udine (Italy), 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".

Annual Meeting of the DFG Priority Program 1748

13.09.2018: 13.09.2018: In Dresden, Johannes Riesselmann and Daniel Balzani present the current results of the project at the annual meeting of the DFG-funded priority program 1748 "Reliable Simulation Techniques in Solid Mechanics. Development of Non-standard Discretization Methods, Mechanical and Mathematical Analysis".

Erik Tamsen and Daniel Balzani give presentations at the WCCM in New York

22.07.2018: Erik Tamsen and Daniel Balzani give the presentations "Numerical framework for the direct micro-macro simulation of micro-heterogeneous materials under impact loading", i.e. "Quantification of the probability of failure in sheet metal forming problems of advanced high strength steel" at the World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM) in New York.

Erik Tamsen gives seminar talk at UPENN

16.07.2018: Erik Tamsen gives presentation to the research group of Prof. Celia Reina at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in Philadelphia.

Convention of the SFB 837

26.06.2018: Dennis Wingender presents the new projekt C6 "Multiscale modeling, simulation, and optimization of mining tools with respect to their wear behavior" as part of the collaborative research group (SFB) 837 funded by the DFG.

Erik Tamsen gives a presentation at the Summerschool in Dresden

19.06.2018: Erik Tamsen gives a talk "A fully coupled dynamic framework for two-scale simulations of SHCC" at the Summerschool of the DFG Graduiertenkollegs 2250 in Dresden.

Niklas Miska gives presentation at the ECCM in Glasgow

11.06.2018: Niklas Miska gives a talk on "Numerical Quantification of Uncertain Homogenized Material Properties Resulting from Variations of Microstructure Morphology" at the European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCM) in Glasgow.

Visit of the "Friends of Civil Engineering at TU Dresden e.V."

25.05.2018: An excursion group from the club "Friends of Civil Engineering at TU Dresden e.V." visits the chair and several laboratory facilities at RUB.

Daniel Balzani gives Keynote-Lecture at VDI-workshop of the Association of German Engineers in Amsterdam

25.04.2018: Daniel Balzani gives a Keynote-Lecture on "Construction of Statistically Similar RVEs - Application to Different Material Classes" at the Workshop of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Niklas Miska gives a talk at the ICVRAM-ISUMA UNCERTAINTIES in Florianopolis

09.04.2018: Niklas Miska gives a talk on "Quantification of macroscopic material properties of multiphase steel based on direct micro-macro simulations using statistically similar RVEs" at the ICVRAM-ISUMA UNCERTAINTIES joint conference in Florianopolis, Brasil.

Presentations at the Annual Meeting of the GAMM e.V.

19.03.2018: At the annual meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM e.V.) Erik Tamsen, Anna Zahn, Niklas Miska, Daniel Balzani and Takashi Sasagawa present research results in different talks.

Second workshop of the DFG Training Research Group 2250

05.03.2018: Erik Tamsen presents his current research results as part of the second workshop of the DFG-funded Training Research Group 2250 in Dresden, which is devoted to the topic "Mineral-bonded composites for enhanced structural impact safety".

Kickoff-Meeting for phase 2 of the DFG Priority Program 1748

01.03.2018: Johannes Riesselmann and Daniel Balzani present the new project on "Robust and efficient Finite Element discretizations for formulations with gradients of higher-order" at the Kickoff-Meeting for the second phase of the DFG-funded Priority Program 1748 "Reliable Simulation Techniques in Solid Mechanics. Development of Non-standard Discretization Methods, Mechanical and Mathematical Analysis".

Wolfgang Weber defends his habilitation

29.01.2018: Wolfgang Weber defended successfully his habilitation entitled "Zur Theorie und Numerik unidirektionaler Wellenausbreitung und Anwendung auf eingebettete Systeme mit Schädigungsentwicklung" at Technische Universität Dresden.

Presentation of Professor Balzani




Stefan Münch und Anna Zahn halten Vorträge auf der III. International Conference on Biomedical Technology in Hannover


Erik Tamsen is awarded IACM-Scholarship

30.06.2017: Erik Tamsen is awarded a scholarship of the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM) for the free participation of the WCCM in July 2018 in New York.