Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)

Institute of Construction Materials, Faculty of Civil Engineering

Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as a ‘University of Excellence’. TUD has about 36.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TU Dresden is strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range.
The university emphasises interdisciplinary cooperation, and encourages its students to participate early on in both teaching and research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region's numerous science institutions - including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fourteen endowed chairs. The TUD prides itself for its international flavour and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany which has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germany’s excellence initiative.
During the 7th Research Framework Programme (2009-2013), TUD was in 6th place among German universities according to the number of funded EU projects with 223 projects either running or completed (as of March 2015; see
7th FP7 Monitoring Report of the European Commission). In Horizon 2020, TUD could increase its success:
According to the first Horizon 2020 Monitoring Report, TUD is in 4th place among German universities. In 2010, the DAAD even rated TU Dresden the most active German university in the Tempus Programme.

The Institute of Construction Materials of Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) has taken experimental and modelling challenges in the civil engineering sector by continuously evolving sustainable resilient cement-based composites in the scientific, technical and economic contexts for numerous years. The safety of civil engineering structures and, hence, people using them, can durably be ensured while reducing the impact due to conservation workload and retrofitting efforts and costs throughout the lifetime. TUD pursues an innovative holistic approach to reach the goals of maintaining and regaining the safety, serviceability and durability with particular reference to quantitative assessment of actual and perspective durability. The developed, characterised and monitored composite building materials are directly applicable to coastal defence and off-shore civil works as well as for infrastructure serving green energy plants made of conventionally reinforced concretes. Extremely aggressive exposures are handled by utilising innovative material designs taking advantage of alternative reinforcements other than steel (carbon and polymer fibres), controlled micro-cracking instead of allowing macro-crack formation as well as water-tight matrices.
These composites, applied as topping layers for retrofitting, strengthening and repair of existing civil engineering structures pronouncedly improve the durability and service life. Maintenance efforts are sharply cut by such linings and high risks and perpetual expenses will be avoided, especially in remote applications (i.e. offshore).


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Viktor Mechtcherine

Professor of the Institute of Construction Materials



Leader of WP6

Modelling long-term durability of UHDC

Leader of WP6: Modelling long-term durability of UHDC

Involvement in WP5: Quantification of UHDC improved long term durability performance

Participation in WP8: Validation and proof of concepts in real-site durability conditions