Competence Field "Constructed Facilities and Urban Infrastructure"
The research activities on engineered structures and urban infrastructure comprise analytic, numerical as well as experimental studies on different scales. Numerical models and simulation tools are developed to describe and optimise the behaviour of materials, composites, and connections as well as structural parts or whole structures and buildings in the context of element and system reliability. Here, the focus is on the load-carrying capacity, robustness, safety and serviceability of buildings and infrastructure facilities above and below ground. Life cycle, energy and material flow analyses contribute to improving the sustainability during planning, production, erection, use/operation and deconstruction of new structures and buildings as well as of the building stock. Ongoing research also includes new materials, renewable energy and building techniques, integrated façade techniques, development of planning methods and modelling, and the conservation of the cultural heritage.