Research at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design spans the spectrum from theoretical fundamentals through transfer to application. Basic and applied research are synergistically linked in roughly equal parts.
Our research is a joint effort among diverse partners from science, research, industry and public administration.
Research at the ISM+D is grouped into five fields, reflected in five working groups: the Glass Competence Center, the Generative Design Lab, the Structural Dynamics Unit, Energy Efficient Construction, and Paper Construction and Design.
Avalanches represent a substantial and unpredictable risk to people whio live, work, or travel in mountain areas. Avalanche warning services assess the hazard level of particular locations by evaluating weather data, examining the characteristics of the snowpack, and using physical models. To predict and prevent slab avalanches, we study the fracture of snow, measure its material properties, and develop mathematical models to understand its mechanical behavior.