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Innovation network ileM is ZIM success story

February 14th 2019

The innovation network ileM has been included in the series of ZIM success stories by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). The network was initiated in 2016 by the Chair for Sustainable Metal Building Envelopes and now consists of nine industrial partners, with each of whom individual projects are carried out within the framework of the BMWi's Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM). Most of the network partners come from the field of lightweight metal construction and cover the entire value chain from planning, production and processing of semi-finished products to assembly and refurbishment. Another company complements the network with expertise in the field of organic solar films. This bundling of competencies enables a holistic view of the life cycle in lightweight metal construction to be achieved. The focus is on increasing energy efficiency and conserving resources while maintaining a high level of functionality. The network has been managed by Jöckel Innovation Consulting GmbH since the beginning and will be continued beyond the funding period.

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Workshop on building in earthquake areas

February 22nd 2019

The Institute of Steel Construction of the RWTH Aachen University hosts a workshop on building in seismic areas as part of the European project EQUALJOINTS+. The workshop addresses structural designers and inspection engineers in the field of building construction/industrial construction/steel construction. Linear and non-linear calculation methods are thematized according to Eurocode 8. Special emphasis is placed on the earthquake-proof design of typical connection details. The program contains 8 training units according to the regulations of the Chamber of Engineers - Construction NRW and is approved as a training event for engineers under Reg. No. 46916. The seminar is recognized according to FuWO for: Consulting engineers, engineers, state-approved experts Examination of stability, public best and sworn. ÖbuvSV experts in this field, authorization to present building documents.

Please see the flyer for the complete programme and information on registration.

The event will be held in German only.

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IleM and ZMB at BAU 2019

14 to 19 January 2019

For the first time, the International Federation for Lightweight Metal Construction (IFBS) was represented with a large stand at BAU 2019 in Munich from 14 to 19 January 2019. Together with member companies from the manufacturing and sales departments, supporting members and the partner association PPA-Europe, the Centre for Metallic Design (ZMB) of RWTH Aachen University and the ileM - Innovation Network of the BMWi also presented themselves at the stand.

The ZMB of the RWTH Aachen was represented on site by employees of the Institute of Metal Forming (IBF) and the Institute of Steel Construction (STB/MLB). Interested trade fair visitors were able to learn more about the advantages of interdisciplinary cooperation and the coupling of

The Chair of Sustainability in Lightweight Metal Construction and the other members of the ileM innovation network used the opportunity to present their network projects at the central IFBS stand. With its holistic approach to the life cycle of lightweight metal construction, the network was very well received by visitors and exhibitors.


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IMPLENIA Award 2018

15 to 16 November 2018

The Implenia Award was presented for the third time on 15 and 16 November for outstanding bachelor theses in the categories of construction operation, BIM, geotechnics, building construction, structural engineering and a special category. 22 students from six universities came to the "Neue Messe Essen" project to win the coveted prize.

Our student assistant Antonia Klipp was able to assert herself in the category of structural engineering with her work on "Model development and numerical simulations for determining the rotational capacity of high-strength steel girders".

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AGI Award 2018

October 31st 2018

We congratulate Mrs. Saskia Ehrentraut on her 3rd place of the AGI Award. The AGI Award evaluates theses with special innovative ideas and the high practical relevance to industrial buildings, so that results are directly usable for industrial companies. Ms. Saskia Ehrentraut wrote her bachelor thesis on "Modified wind load approach for lattice structures using wind tunnel tests" in the field of wind engineering at the Institute of Steel Construction and completed it with very good results. The topic of the work was presented in the context of the AGI autumn specialized forum where industrial enterprises and planning offices have participated. For the future we wish Mrs. Ehrentraut all the best, both professionally and personally, and continued success.

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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 13th, 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

June 2018

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

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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.

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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.