Innovation Center Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Will

Construction machinery

The research activities of the Construction Machinery Innovation Center focus on the automation of construction machinery and construction processes, the optimization of components, drive and control concepts, and the development of novel construction processes

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Will

Dresden University of Technology
Institute for Mechatronic Mechanical Engineering  
Professorship for Construction Machinery
Georg-Schumann-Bau, Room A 110
Münchner Platz 3
01187 Dresden

Short Vita

Professional background:

  • Since 12/2017 holder of the professorship for construction machinery at the TU Dresden (until 11/2021 as endowed professorship).
  • 1997 to 2017 Managerial activities in various medium-sized industrial companies in the field of materials handling technology and construction machinery:
  • Schierholz GmbH, CTI Systems S.A., Dynapac GmbH, Beumer Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Gössling Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Cyrus GmbH Schwingtechnik
  • Doctorate and work as a research assistant at the Institute for Materials Handling at the University of Hanover
  • Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig and the University of Hanover

Research and development

  • Machine and process simulation (man-machine-process interaction)
  • Automation of construction machinery and construction robotics
  • Assistance systems, remote handling, autonomy
  • Development and integration of innovative operating concepts
  • Electrification and hybridization of construction machinery
  • Tribology, material development, component optimization
  • Stiffness analysis of cantilever structures
  • Additive manufacturing with concrete 3D printing
  • Crushing of hard rock by means of electric pulse process


  • Development and application of virtual and experimental methods for the analysis of machine behavior, work process and operation
  • Virtualization of machine operation in connection with the development of unmanned construction machines using the latest communication technologies
  • New and further development of drives and components, especially with regard to the electrification of construction machinery
  • Development and integration of advanced materials for wear-intensive construction applications
  • Extensive spatial and technical equipment (including large hall areas and outdoor grounds)

Reference projects

  • Feasibility study on direct current arc drilling for deep geothermal energy application.
  • Development of a generally valid, user-friendly simulation model for determining the forces on the positioner of a wagon tipper.
  • Concept study on on-board assessment procedures of ground bearing capacity for supporting truck loading cranes.
  • Concept study on the evaluation possibilities of on-board measurement data on the truck loading crane with regard to the determination of load spectra or load profiles.
  • Expert opinion: Automated construction machinery and robotics
  • Development of an advanced morphological box for a concrete 3D print head.
  • Scientific support for the development and implementation of analyses on digital requirements for construction machinery training as well as technical and didactic-methodical support for the creation of learning modules.
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