Research profile of Faculty 14

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University of Kassel
Department 14
Civil and
Environmental Engineering
Mönchebergstr. 7

D-34125 Kassel
D-34109 Kassel (letter post)

In its five institutes with 20 fields of expertise, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering achieves research results that are sure to attract national and international attention. We concentrate on four main research areas, which are networked with each other in many ways and have a great potential for cooperation across institutes. These are: New Materials and Material Composites in Civil Engineering; Environment; Traffic and Mobility; and Methods of Modeling and Simulation of Technical Systems.

Research at the department

Civil and environmental engineering

Civil and environmental engineers shape the world. We are convinced that they can and must make an important contribution to the careful use of resources and sustainable management. The research profile in the environmental field includes the areas:

  • Climate protection and climate adaptation in the areas of transport and water
  • Nanotechnology for water and wastewater
  • New sanitation concepts
  • Renewable energies: Water, biogas
  • Environmentally compatible flood protection
  • Components for the ecological improvement of hydropower plants
  • Watercourse development
  • Chemicals in the aquatic environment
  • Anthropogenic interventions in the water balance
  • Environmentally compatible passenger and freight transport
  • Post-fossil mobility
  • Material flows
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Energy from waste
  • Sensor array technology

Safe and resource-saving structures - our researchers are also working on this. Their developments make valuable and sometimes sensational contributions in practice. The research profile covers the areas:

  • New, high-performance concretes
  • Adhesive bonds and fiber composites in construction
  • Earthquake-resistant construction and substructure engineering
  • Materials modeling
  • Renewable raw materials for load-bearing components
  • Reuse and recycling of building materials in traffic route construction
  • Nanotechnology for building materials

The transportation system is facing major upheavals - due to demographic change, new lifestyles, and the emergence of new vehicle propulsion systems and intelligent transportation technology. Our research profile covers the areas of:

  • Transport infrastructures and transport systems
  • Traffic engineering and traffic management
  • Public transport
  • Bicycle and sustainable transport modes
  • Mobility in rural areas
  • New building materials in road construction

We have been using modeling and simulation of materials, structures and processes in all disciplines for many years as an important method for analysis and behavior prediction. This has led to the development of these main research areas:

  • Modeling of mechanical systems for the realistic recording of load-bearing structures
  • Modeling and simulation of road traffic, environmental pollution by immission, water flows and socio-technical systems
  • Earthquake effects on the load-bearing behavior of spatial structures
  • Prediction of the bearing capacity of foundations
  • Analysis of construction processes in civil engineering and building construction
  • Modeling and simulation of flow processes in hydraulic engineering

With the help of the focal points, the department intends to sharpen its profile in comparison with the university civil and environmental engineering faculties, in order to improve its attractiveness for prospective students, also beyond the region, and to increase its volume of third-party funding.

To this end, the department uses a large number of laboratories and research facilities.

Current and completed research projects can be researched in detail via the central research portal of the University of Kassel.

Research focus at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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New materials and
material compounds in the construction industry

Today, it is above all new quality features that are demanded of building materials and structures. These include multifunctional requirements, e.g. for facades and other space-enclosing building components, increased demands on durability, and the optimization of energy use in the manufacture and operation of structures.

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Transport and mobility

The entire transportation system is facing major upheavals. This applies both to the changing traffic structures due to demographic change and new lifestyles, which are leading to new demands on traffic planning, and to the incipient process of rethinking vehicle drives.

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The increasing demand in our society for environmental engineering expertise and innovative solutions to problems has been met in the University of Kassel and in various departments, including the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, through a future-oriented appointment strategy and an increased environmental focus of teaching and research activities.

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Methods of modeling and
simulation of technical systems

In many areas of engineering, modeling and simulation of technical systems is an important part of research and teaching. In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, modeling and simulation of materials, structures and ...

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