Teaching concept

Teaching and research of the Department of Statics and Dynamics of the BTU are characterized by the modeling and calculation of load-bearing structures, as well as the development of mathematical calculation methods for structural analysis. By teaching the basic hand calculation methods, as well as laying the foundation in the application of calculation programs, the Department of Statics and Dynamics has an interdisciplinary bridging function between mathematics, construction mechanics and the subjects of structural engineering.

The very high degree of use of calculation programs in structural design requires a deep and intimate understanding of the fundamentals of the calculation methods. Without this understanding, plausibility checks of the results are not possible, and the load-bearing capacity of the planned structures cannot be guaranteed or checked by the engineer setting up or checking the structure.

Knowledge transfer in the lectures is done with graphic tablet and beamer as a combination of presentation and address. Prefabricated slides with gaps are provided in advance as a template for the students, which reduces the students' typing work and thus allows them to concentrate on authoritative content. In addition, practical examples and computer-aided calculation methods can be better incorporated into the lecture. In the assigned seminars, students can apply and deepen the content learned in the lecture. The seminars are held by scientific staff and are closely linked to the lectures.

The modules of the department of statics and dynamics aim at a fundamental understanding of the calculation of structures. For this purpose, the following points are of central importance:

  • Fundamentals and principle representation of the most important structural methods in computer-oriented notation.
  • System idealization, i.e. conversion of a real construction into a calculable, static system
  • Safety concepts, load assumptions and design concepts
  • Load-bearing behavior as a function of system geometry, material, cross-sectional shape and calculation method
  • Evaluation of the calculation results for design or verification on the basis of national and European regulations
  • Possibilities and limits of software for calculation and design

The teaching of this content is modularized and adapted to prior knowledge primarily in the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Civil Engineering programs. However, individual modules or focal points are also offered for other courses of study. An overview of the courses offered for the individual degree programs can be found under Courses offered.