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The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering impresses with its scientific expertise and its diversity of methods in the field of conventional civil engineering. A central role is played by new technologies such as computer-aided simulation models and solutions for fast and resource-efficient construction – topics that will have a lasting impact on the future of civil engineering.


Collaborative Research Projects




Current Research Projects


  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Annular Gap Grouts – Developments in Consideration of Various Interactions with the Ground and Tubbing Segment
     
  • Durability of Concrete According to the Performance Concept
    Subproject: Evaluation of Laboratory Tests for Carbonation, Chloride, Freeze/Freeze-Thawing-Salt and Acid Resistance (AiF, January 2021 until June 2023)
     
  • Durability of Concrete According to the Performance Concept
    Subproject: Inspection of Acceptance on the Construction Site / Acceptance Tests on the Structure (BMWi & AiF, May 2021 until April 2023)
     
  • Priority Program 2020 "Cyclic Damage Processes in High-Performance Concretes in the Experimental Virtual Lab"
    Subproject: Effect of Microfibers on Degradation in High Performance Concrete under Cyclic Loading (DFG, May 2020 until May 2023)
     
  • Processing Of Fresh Concrete Surfaces - Development of Adequate Test Methods for the Early Evaluation of Fresh Concrete for a Target-Oriented Production (AiF, November 2020 until April 2023)
  • AMSFree (CEDR, December 2019 until November 2021)
     
  • BIM2TWIN – Device Optimization (European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, February 2021 until April 2024)
     
  • BIM4AMS (FFG, January 2020 until June 2022)
     
  • BIMcontracts – Automated Payment and Contract Management in the Construction Industry Based on Distributed-Ledger-Technology and BIM-5D (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, August 2019 until July 2022)
     
  • BIMKIT – Modelling Of Existing Buildings and Infrastructure by Means of AI for the Generation of Digital Twins (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, January 2021 until December 2023)
     
  • BIMSWARM. Software Reference Architecture for OpenBIM Services (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Smart Service Welt II, 2018 until 2021)
     
  • Bridge Inspect – Structural Inspection of Bridges Using Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence (Federal Highway Research Institute, funding since 2021)
     
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Adaptation of Numerical Simulation Models for Mechanized Tunneling Using System Identification
    Subproject: Process Simulation in Mechanized Tunneling: Simulation-based Availability Analyses
    Subproject: Evaluation of Interaction Models in Mechanized Tunneling
     
  • FOR 2363: Evaluation of Building Design Variants in Early Phases on the Basis of Adaptive Detailing Strategies (DFG, funding since 2016)
    Coordination
    Subproject:
    Management Concepts for Design Options Using Digital Building Models
     
  • KoLiBRI – Cooperative Learning in Civil Engineering Studies Using Digital 3D Representation of Complex Information (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, November 2019 until October 2022)
     
  • Digitization of the Model Building Code (MBO): Preparation for BIM-Based Inspection Tools (DIBt, October 2020 until September 2022)
     
  • Priority Program 2187 "Adaptive Modularized Constructions Made in a Flux: Precision Rapid Construction of the Future" (DFG, funding since 2019)
    Subproject: The Digital Twin for Efficient and Precise Production of Concrete Modules
     
  • TwinGen – Technologies for Generation of Digital Twins as a Basis for the Operation and Maintenance of Structural Infrastructure (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, 2020 until 2022)
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Optimized Structural Segments for Durable and Robust Tunnel Lining Systems
    Subproject: Model-Based Risk Analysis for Heterogeneous Existing Structures
     
  • FOR 2825 "Concrete Damage Assessment by Coda Waves" (CoDA) (DFG, funding since 2019)
    Subproject: Correlations Between Results of Thermo-Mechanical Experiments on Reinforced Concrete Structures and Distributed Coda Signals
     
  • Pinpoint Accurate Adaptive Structures for Heliostats Made from High Performance Concrete for Central Tower Power Plants (DFG, 2017 until 2021)
     
  • Precision Limits of Lifetime Prognoses – Experimental and Numerical Investigation of an Existent Bridge Structure Subjected to Fatigue (DFG, funding since 2012)
     
  • Priority Program 2187 "Adaptive Modularized Constructions Made in a Flux: Precise and Rapid Building" (DFG, funding since 2019)
    Coordination
    Subproject:
    Tolerance-Free Series Production of High-Performance Concrete Modules through Transient-Interactive Coupling of Design and Production
  • Characterization and Modelling of the Nonlinear Material Behavior of Coated Fabrics for Architectural Membrane Structures (DFG, October 2020 until October 2023)
     
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Multiscale Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Cutting Tools Regarding their Tribological Behavior
     
  • Convexified Variational Formulations at Finite Strains Based on Homogenized Damaged Microstructures (DFG, May 2020 until May 2023)
     
  • Priority Program 1748    "Reliable Simulation Techniques in Solid Mechanics  Development of Non-Standard Discretization Methods, Mechanical and Mathematical Analysis"
    Project: Robust and Efficient Finite Element Discretization for Higher-Order Gradient Formulations (DFG, funding since 2017)
     
  • Priority Program 1886 "Polymorphic Uncertainty Modelling For the Numerical Design of Structures" (DFG, funding since 2016)
    Subproject: Modeling Of Aleatoric and Epistemic Uncertainties in the Simulation of Multiphase Steel Structures
    Subproject: New Methods for Reliability-Based Design Optimization of Multiphase Steel Components under Polymorphic Uncertainties
     
  • Research Training Group 2250 "Mineral-Bonded Composites for Enhanced Structural Impact Safety" (DFG, May 2017 until October 2021)
    Project: Multi-Scale Simulation of the Anisotropic Damping Properties in Impact-Loaded Reinforced Concrete
     
  • Variational Modelling Of Pressure-Dependent Plasticity  A Paradigm for Model Reduction via Relaxation (DFG, August 2020 until August 2023)
  • Okeanos (District Government Dusseldorf, January 2020 until October 2021)
  • Holzbau-GIS: Model for the Sustainable Reduction of Greenhouse Gases through the Use of Wood as a Material in the Construction Industry (Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, February 2019 until January 2022)
  • Buildup of Anamnesis and Swept Out of Memory under Coupling of Monotonic and Cyclic Loading (DFG, funding since 2018)
     
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject A5: Hydro-Mechanical Process of Mechanized Tunnel Excavation in Clay Rocks
    Subproject A6: Local Transient Face Support Within Hydro-Shields
  • Development and Implementation of a Hydro-Mechanical Model for Unsaturated Sands (DFG, funding since 2015)
     
  • Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Clay with Focus on Cyclic Processes (DFG/GACR joint project with Charles University Prague, funding since 2021)
  • Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations in Soft Marine Taiwanese Clay Subjected to Combined High-Cycle and Seismic Loading (DFG/MOST joint project with National Chung Hsing University and National Taiwan University, Taiwan, funding since 2021)
  • Experimental Validation of Effective Stress Concept in Partially Saturated Soils; Suction, Shear Strength and Tensile Strength (DFG joint project with Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, 2016 to 2021)
  • Evaluation of Liquefaction Potential of Coarse Grained Soils Based on an Identification Test (DFG joint project with TU Dresden, funding since 2020)
  • Impact of Grain Properties on the Liquefaction Resistance and the Dynamic Parameters of Sands with Non-Plastic Fine Grain Fractions (DFG, funding since 2021)
  • Impact of the Stress State On the Dynamic Response of Unsaturated Sand Containing Fines (DFG, funding since 2015, 2nd phase since 2021)
  • Improvement of an Accumulation Model for High Cyclic Loading (DFG, 2010 until 2021)
     
  • Holistic Approach For the Design of Single Piles and Pile Groups under Cyclic Loading (DFG joint project with the TU Hamburg, funding since 2019)
  • Stability and Durability of Polymers and Clay-Polymer Composites in Geotechnical Environments (DFG, funding since 2015, 2nd phase since 2020)
  • Validation of a Highly Cyclical Accumulation Model for Suction-Caisson Foundations (DFG, funding since 2021)
  • Viscous ISA Model for Clays under Cyclic and Monotonic Loading (DFG, funding since 2016)
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Simulation of Processes at the Cutting Wheel and in the Excavation Chamber
  •  Postcarbone Road – The Endless Cycle Of Bitumen Reuse (DFG, funding since 2018)
  • Operational Recommendations for Truck Overtaking Bans on Federal Highways (BASt, funding since 2020)
     
  • Symul8 – Symbiotic Simulation Platform for the Adaptation of Traffic Rules for Automated Driving (FFG, 2020 until 2022)
     
  • Interconnecting Routes between Junctions on Highways (BASt, 2020 until 2022)
     
  • Effects of Lane Restrictions at Highway Driveways on Driving Behavior and Traffic Safety (BASt, funding since 2020)
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Multiscale Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Cutting Tools Regarding their Tribological Behavior
     
  • Priority Program 2256 "Variational Methods for Predicting Complex Phenomena in Engineering Structures and Materials"
    Subproject: Variational Modelling Of Pressure-Dependent Plasticity - A Paradigm for Model Reduction via Relaxation (DFG, funding since 2020)
  • A Resource-Efficient Building for New Forms of Housing – Accompanying Project for the Implementation of a Project in Cologne-Chorweiler (DBU, November 2020 until November 2023)
     
  • HolzAuf (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, 2020 until 2023)
     
  • Holzbau-GIS (Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, February 2019 until January 2022)
     
  • Research College NRW "Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood. Models and Strategies between Local and Global Challenges" (Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW, January 2019 until June 2022)
    2nd Phase of the Research College "Energy Efficiency in the Neighbourhood"
     
  • ZukunftLaWiBau (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, 2020 until 2023)
    In cooperation with the TU Munich, the Bavarian State Office for Agriculture, the FU Berlin and the Friedrich-Löffler Institute
  • Effect of Realistic Boundary Conditions and Structural Systems on the Stability Behavior of Steel Structures (StabilityPlus) (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy & AiF, March 2020 until August 2022)
    In cooperation with the Institute for Structural Design of the University of Stuttgart & DASt
     
  • High Strength Structural Steels in the Event of Fire – Material Properties for Simplified and General Calculation Methods (HighssFire) (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy & AiF, January 2021 until June 2023)
    In cooperation with FOSTA
     
  • Material Properties for the Cooling Phase of Natural Fire Conditions (CoolFire) (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy & AiF, November 2019 until October 2021)
    In cooperation with DASt
     
  • Prediction Models for the Service Life and Further Operation of Wind Turbines (Future Wind) (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy & AiF, March 2020 until March 2022)
    In cooperation with Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences & FOSTA
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Coordination
    Subproject: Damage Analyses and Concepts for Damage-Tolerant Tunnel Linings
    Subproject: Process-Oriented Simulation Models for Mechanized Tunneling
    Subproject: Simulation of Processes at the Cutting Wheel and in the Excavation Chamber
     
  • Influence of Microfibers on the Degradation of High Performance Concrete under Cyclic Loading (DFG, funding since 2017)
     
  • MERCUR – Synthesis of Machine Learning and Numerical Simulation for Real-Time Control Of Tunneling Processes (MERCUR, funding since 2017)
     
  • Priority Program 1886 "Polymorphic Uncertainty Modelling For the Numerical Design of Structures" (DFG, funding since 2016)
    Subproject: Optimization Approaches for Robust and Durable Reinforced Concrete and Fiber Concrete Structures under Consideration of Scale Bridging Polymorphic Uncertainty Modelling
     
  • Priority Program 2020 "Cyclic Deterioration of High-Performance Concrete in an Experimental-Virtual Lab" (DFG, funding since 2017)
    Subproject: Influence of Microfibers on the Degradation of High Performance Concrete under Cyclic Loading
     
  • Scale-bridging Modeling of Microstructural Changes in Concrete and Damage Analysis of Concrete Structures for the Identification of Coda Signals (DFG, funding since 2019)
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Model Development for the Conditioned Soil used as Face Support Muck of Earth-Pressure-Balance-Shields
    Subproject: Local Transient Face Support within Hydro-Shields
    Subproject: Assessment of Interaction Models in Mechanized Tunneling
  • Analysis and Optimization of the Retention of Fine Particulate and Dissolved Substances in Systems for Technical Rainwater Filtration – ReWaFil Phase II (Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of NRW, March 2020 bis March 2022)
     
  • Development of an Analytical Method for AFS63 Regulations in Rainwater Runoff – Investigation of the Relevant Influencing Factors (RESA) (Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of NRW, January 2021 until March 2023)
     
  • Establishing a Sustainable Methanogenic Carbon Dioxide Reduction in Bioelectrochemical Systems and Identification of Kinetic and Thermodynamic Constraints (DFG, funding since 2020)
     
  • Stability and Durability of Polymers and Clay-Polymer Composites in Geotechnical Environments (DFG, funding since 2015)

International Research Collaborations:

  • In cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana and the Department of Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, a scientific investigation is being conducted into how contaminated surface water can be treated using simple, locally available materials, such as biochar, to enable its subsequent reuse as agricultural irrigation water.
     
  • The treatment and reuse of high phenol wastewater from the olive mill industry has been the subject of collaboration with the Faculty of Science Semlalia of the University of Cadi Ayyad in Morocco for many years.
     
  • The process engineering development of municipal wastewater treatment using aerobic granulated biomass is part of the cooperation with the Department of Civil Engineering of the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil.
     
  • One goal of the collaboration with the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research in Vietnam is to develop model-based tools to localize the discharge of different wastewater sources and assess their impact on surface water quality in the provinces southwest of the Hau River.
  • Collaborative Research Center 837 "Interaction Modeling for Mechanized Tunneling" (DFG, funding since 2010)
    Subproject: Development of Effective Concepts for Tunnel Reconnaissance using Acoustic Methods



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