Earthen structures: Numerical and experimental analysis of load-bearing capacity of earthen structures

DI Bc. Ing. Iveta Šarmanová
The dissertation is dedicated to the comprehensive analysis and investigation of structures made from earth as a building material. Through the application of numerical simulation methods and detailed experimental studies, the dissertation contributes to deepening the understanding of the structural integrity and load-bearing capacity of earthen structures. The study encompasses both theoretical models and practical aspects of earthen structures, emphasizing their critical role in sustainable building practices. The overarching goal of this research is to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable construction techniques, providing a pathway to a safer utilization of load-bearing earthen structures in contemporary architecture.

Nonlinear Analysis of Masonry Structures on a global 3d model

DI Stefan Leitner, BSc
These work deals with the non-linear analysis of masonry structures on global building models and tries to demonstrate a design concept, which conforms to the code. The analysis of global models is necessary in order to make realistic assumptions about the load-bearing capacity of existing buildings and the economic design of new buildings.


DI Georg Hansemann
In the dissertation COEBRO [Ceiling], the potential of additive fabrication techniques is examined and applied to a prototype of the ceiling component. Furthermore possible uses of generative techniques in architecture are shown.


DI Robert Schmid, BSc
The dissertation coebro[façade] analyses the potentials of 3D concrete printing based on exemplary Façade designs. Construction related Statements are made by generating large format Prototypes. Process compatible Design and Production methods should expose the capabilities of this new technology.


3DWelding – Additive Manufacturing of Structural Steel Elements

DI Christoph Holzinger, BSc
The FFG project “3DWelding: Additive Manufacturing of structural Steel Elements” should investigate the potential for 3D printed steel elements within the field of construction. The question is, is it possible to produce a structural element in the 1:1 scale which achieves the relevant static and dynamic requirements, as well as other requirements such as the surface quality and accuracy. Both topology optimised free-forms and regular forms should be investigated.

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Sensory Parametrics

Dipl.-Ing. Felix Amtsberg, MSc
Combined with the progress in building material technology, especially in the field concrete constructions, the research field of adaptive moulding strategies has redeveloped and led to the following research question: Does the industrial robot enable the resource efficient and cost effective production of concrete shells and freeform structures if they are subdivided into elements which can be prefabricated?
The work contributes a feasible concept for the fabrication of double-curved concrete elements with a small batch size, but delivers a contribution to the discussion of feedback based process development and actuation for the manufacturing process of construction elements for architectural purposes.

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Thin-walled supporting structures made of carbon-concrete – Contribution to improve resource-efficiency of structural-concrete

Dipl.-Ing. Franz Forstlechner
Due to the development of high-performance concrete types with enormous mechanical strengths, high durability and reliably adjustable consistency, it is possible to fabricate structural concrete elements with a thickness of just a few centimetres today. Also, the development of corrosion-resistant and high-strength reinforcement made of carbon-fibres favours this tendency, since it allows concrete-covers within a few millimetres. Therefore, the central research-question of this doctoral thesis is how thin concrete slabs with a maximum thickness of five centimetres should be reinforced in order to attain both, a high flexural stiffness under service load, and a high bending load capacity and ductility? The method of solution followed in the context of this work is to reinforce the concrete with laid webs made of carbon-fibres, which are placed as close as possible to the surface, and to add centric tendons in the areas of greatest stresses, which are pre-stressed in tensioning-bed.

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