Department of Integrity of Materials and StructuresCopyright: © IEHK
Following the internationalization concept for teaching at RWTH Aachen University, the English-speaking specialization "Structural Integrity" was integrated into the German-speaking Master's program in Materials Engineering in 2018. This specialization is a completely new concept, which was designed in close cooperation with the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering courses.
In the design of components for energy technology, transport infrastructure, and mobility, it is currently repeatedly noticeable that meaningful approaches are lacking to quantitatively record the actual material behavior in the concrete component. This prevents modern materials from developing their lightweight construction potential. It is also apparent that considerable potential is wasted when dealing with already established materials, or that component dimensioning that is not appropriate for the material leads to great uncertainties in the estimation of service life. All this endangers the sustainable use of limited resources!
"Structural Integrity" aims to strengthen the interface between materials engineers and design engineers by giving students of materials-related courses of study detailed insights into the design methods used by civil engineers and mechanical engineers. This leads to a better perception of the requirements resulting from the use of components for the selected design material so that methodical approaches can also be taught how these calculable requirements can be translated into tailor-made material concepts.
The main focus is on the two subjects "Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics" (winter semester) and "Fundamentals of Damage Mechanics and Material Modelling" (summer semester). The minor specializations, on the other hand, are based on the English-language courses offered by the MuW department, and the elective specializations are covered by Prof. Schröder (mechanical engineering), Prof. Klinkel (civil engineering), and Dr. Simon (civil engineering).
Besides, the two modules mentioned above have been included as possible main specializations in the study programs Metallurgical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management, specializing in materials and process technology. Also, materials scientists have the opportunity to implement the two subjects into their curriculum by the application.
At present we do not offer attendance consultation hours.
If you have any Questions regarding teaching or examinations, please contact the IMS Student Advisory Service.