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Robotics for the building industry

July 18th 2018

Liebherr with the division Tower Cranes, Kuka as provider for automation solutions, the software company Autodesk and the RWTH Aachen University with its three chairs (Individualized Production, Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL | production metrology and quality management, Institute of Steel Construction | Sustainable Metal Building Envelopes) announced their collaboration in the field of robotics for the building industry. The industrial consortium is conducting research together with the interdisciplinary team of scientist in the newly founded Center Construction Robotics on the RWTH Aachen Campus. The Center is under the scientific direction of Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Professor Robert Schmitt and Professor Markus Kuhnhenne.

More information can be found here.


Second place is a miracle for "Sieglos Stahlbau"

July 13, 2018

Our football team "Sieglos Stahlbau" has suffered a defeat in the World Cup final against Kuperbolzer 05. And still feel like a winner. The team is not called "Die Mannschaft" - but it is one.
After losing to Kupferbolzer 05 at this year's 17th "Bauingenieurweltmeisterschaft", the Institute of Steel Construction is proud of the best performance since winning the "Bauingenieurweltmeisterschaft" in 2012, and after a mixed preliminary round with a win and a defeat, the team entered the quarter-finals. There, after an exciting 0:0, they defeated the Road Runers in a seven-metre shoot-out. The semi-final could hardly be surpassed in tension. After a 2-0 lead, the opponent of Lokomotive VIA was allowed to come to a 2.2 equaliser in order to prevail again in the seven-metre shoot-out. In the final, the team lost to Kuperbolzer 05 0:1.

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SHOWTIME - Steel Hybrid Onshore Wind Towers Installed with Minimal Effort

The proposed work aims to develop a steel hybrid solution for onshore wind turbine towers using a lattice structure for the lower portion of the tower and a tubular upper portion. The solution is targeted at tall onshore applications (hub height 120 – 220 meters), required by increasingly powerful wind turbines or in situations where wind shear profile is clearly benefiting higher turbines.


The ingenious Professor Luftikus Wirbelwind or how streamlined is a shoe box?

April 20th 2018

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Kemper, alias Professor Luftikus Wirbelwind, presented his "ingenious idea" for a scooter powered by wind instead of muscle power at the RWTH Children's University. You can watch the video of his lecture for children from 8 years here.

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Please explain it to me, RWTH! Professor Frank Kemper about the aerodynamics of horses

At the CHIO Aachen every second counts - but how streamlined are competition horses and their riders? Professor Frank Kemper explained the role of aerodynamics in equestrian sport to the team of the CHIO Aachen.
Link to the video

  Copyright: Kurt Beyer

IFBS-Prize 2018

January 19th 2018

This year, the International Association for Lightweight Metal Building Envelopes (IFBS) presented the "IFBS Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists in Lightweight Metal Construction" for the first time. The award was presented by the IFBS during the academic ceremony of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. This year's award went to our student assistant Lisa Kramer, who is currently writing her master's thesis on the subject of "Investigations on the load-bearing behaviour of innovative liner tray profiles" at the Chair for Sustainable Metal Building Envelopes.

  Copyright: Thomas Kühnapfel „Big Animal“ (Foto: Christoph Buckstegen)

Academic Ceremony 2018

January 19th 2018

On Friday, January 19th 2018, the Academic Ceremony as a joint event of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the professorship ‘Sustainable Metal Building Envelopes’ will take place.
At the graduation ceremony Prof. Kuhnhenne will give his introducory lecture on the topic "Innovative and Lightweight Metal Construction".
You can download the event flyer here.

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Friedrich-Wilhelm-Prize 2017

November 24th 2017

For more than 30 years, the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Foundation Board of Trustees has annually awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Prize to students, doctoral students and post-doctoral students at RWTH Aachen University for their outstanding scientific achievements. This year's Friedrich Wilhelm Prize has been awarded to Helen Bartsch, Research Associate at the Institute of Steel Construction, for her master's thesis on "Verification of damage mechanics approach to predict ductile failure of dissipative elements under seismic loading conditions (ULCF)". The award of the 24 prize winners took place on November 24th in the auditorium of RWTH Aachen University.

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Young European Talent 2017

November 8th to 10th 2017

Between 8 and 10 November, 50 top talents from 5 European countries visited Limburg for the first edition of the project Young European Talent (YET). These young people aged 18-35 were each hand-selected by the relevant embassies and ministries based on their specific talents. Our Chief Engineer Mr. Simon Schaffrath was also included in this selection.
Together with the honorary consuls from Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and France, Connect Limburg developed an extensive programme with top speakers from the five sectors spread over three days. The goal of the project is twofold. First, it aims to structurally facilitate a high-quality international network and networking event for young and future decision-makers in Europe. Second, with initiatives such as YET, it wishes to put Limburg on the map as an internationally oriented region that looks beyond borders to provide a network and an inspirational setting to international top talents.

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Implenia Award 2017

November 15th/16th 2017

For the second time, the Implenia Award was presented on November 15th and16th 2017 for outstanding bachelor's theses in the categories of construction business, geotechnical engineering, building construction and structural engineering as well as in a special category.
Our student assistant Marvin Lüdecke won the Implenia Award 2017 in the "Special-Category" with his bachelor thesis "Accurate direction-dependent measurement of aerodynamic coefficient of spatial lattice structures" in Stuttgart in November. He was also awarded, together with Leon Immenga (RWTH), for the best presentation of all attendee.