Materials are an indispensable part of any structure; whether it is a residential or office building or an infrastructure structure such as bridges, tunnels or roads. The demands placed on "materials in construction" in each case are extremely varied and challenging. Key requirements placed on building materials today are load-bearing capacity, durability and sustainability. The range of building materials under consideration extends from concretes and mortars to masonry, steel and plastics.
Firstly, building materials technology must examine the relevant properties of the building materials for the planning, new construction and also the refurbishment of structures and make them available to the planners in a suitable manner. These can be material models for load-bearing behavior, but also thermal properties with regard to building physics, user comfort and energy efficiency.
Secondly, building materials technology must offer possibilities for determining the condition and properties of building materials in existing structures in a non-destructive or minimally invasive manner, so that the planning of renovation and repair measures is based on accurate fundamentals.
And thirdly, building materials technology, together with building materials manufacturers, must significantly improve sustainability in the sense of reducing CO2 emissions and resource consumption, towards a future recycling economy of building materials that is as complete as possible.
The chair's team teaches the basics that are necessary to be able to design, manufacture, convert and refurbish resource-efficient, sustainable, long-lasting and viable structures