Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart
The Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) based at the University of Stuttgart is a leading institute in the research of innovative structural systems and high performance materials. The Institute is composed by an interdisciplinary group of 14 researchers working in a highly synergic environment. ITKE engages in research and teaching with new materials and efficient structures for architecture. The Institute is highly interdisciplinary, employing engineers and architects, bridging the gap between architecture and structural engineering. The focus of research activities is on building with polymers, textiles and glass. Issues of design and material implementation and the planning and optimization process are central to the Institute’s research.
Researchers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers
ITKE / Professor / Dr.-Ing.
Jan Knippers specialises in complex parametrical generated structures for roofs and façades, as well as the use of innovative materials such as glass-fibre reinforced polymers. Since 2000 Jan Knippers is head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (itke) at the University of Stuttgart and involved in many research projects on fiber based materials and biomimetics in architecture. He is also… read more
Evy Laura Maurice Slabbinck
Evy Laura Maurice Slabbinck is a Research Associate and tutor at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart. She obtained the degree “Master of Science in Architectural Engineering” at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2014, and also holds a Master of Science from the University of Stuttgart… read more
James Solly is a Research Associate and tutor at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (itke) (http://www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de/) at the University of Stuttgart.
He completed a Master’s in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in 2008 before working with Ramboll UK and BuroHappold Engineering until 2015 on the design and realisation of computationally or geometrically complex… read more
ITKE / ESR12- MATERIAL GRADIENT FRP
Saman Saffarian is a Research Associate at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design ( itke ) at the University of Stuttgart.
He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna ( Universität für Angewandte[JS1] Kunst Wien ) and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Brno University… read more
ESR01- INTEGRATING ISOGEOMETRIC ANALYSIS
Author: Evy Slabbinck
Isogeometric analysis is an emerging technology driven by the present gap between the simulation of structural analysis and design software. This newly developed computational method is a new approach to Finite Element Method, taking non-approximated geometry into consideration by using conventional NURBS-based CAD models. read more
ESR08- VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING FRP
Author: James Solly
Current practice uses digital fabrication technologies to optimise standardised fabrication processes. Often accompanied by trial-and-error approaches, the limits of digital fabrication methods are quickly reached without a thorough understanding of the strength and limits of the forming processes and the materials. read more
ESR12- MATERIAL GRADIENT FRP
Author: Saman Saffarian
Current practices emphasise the stiffness of material to ensure structural performance. Building systems such as louvers or other adjustable shading systems and employ mechanical means to activate change. read more