Innovation Center Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Manfred Curbach

Solid Construction

The Innovation Center for Solid Construction deals with the mechanical properties of reinforced concrete in all its facets.
The focus is on research activities in the field of different types of reinforcement, concretes from light to high-strength, theoretical and experimental investigations of stresses in the range of static permanent load to highly dynamic as well as new and existing buildings in experiment and theory at the material level up to the complete structure. The topic of "textile/carbon concrete" is a central component of current research.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Manfred Curbach

Dresden University of Technology
Institute for Solid Construction
August-Bebel-Straße 30/30A
01219 Dresden

Short Vita

  • 2016 Winner of the German Future Prize 2016, Award of the Federal President for Technology and Innovation
  • 2011 Awarded an honorary doctorate by the TU Kaiserslautern
  • since 1994 university professor and holder of the chair for solid construction at the TU Dresden
  • before 1987 PhD and various professional activities at the University of Dortmund, the University of Karlsruhe and at the engineering office Köhler + Seitz, Nuremberg/Dresden/Munich
  • also extensive number of chairmanships and memberships bpsw. member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Head of Delegation of the International Concrete Federation fib (Fédération internationale du béton), Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW)
  • Winner of numerous honorary medals, e.g. George Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, University of Ghent; Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal of the Braunschweig Scientific Society (BWG), Emil-Mörsch-Denkmünze of the DBV (German Society for Science)

Research and development

  • New concretes and construction methods, in particular concretes with textile reinforcements and carbon concrete
  • Bond between reinforcement and matrix
  • special loading scenarios such as impact and multi-axial loading in material and component tests
  • Simulation with DEM and FEM, development of material laws and design methods
  • Textile reinforcement - mainly carbon fiber - for reinforcement and new construction
  • In-situ load tests and long-term monitoring of structures


  • Non-destructive examinations and destructive load tests on a variety of building materials, building elements or components
  • New development of test setups for special test tasks that cannot be solved with standardized tests
  • Expert assessments on and of structures on behalf of public and private clients
  • Planning, execution and evaluation of experimental bearing capacity analyses
  • Production of new components and execution of reinforcement works by means of carbon concrete
    Transfer of research results into real construction projects
  • Organizer of various symposia (Dresden Bridge Construction Symposium, Symposium Experimental Investigation of Building Structures, Carbon and Textile Concrete Days)
  • Research initiator of the world's first carbon concrete house

Reference projects

  • Load tests to determine the load-bearing capacity of ceiling structures in historic buildings
  • Determination of the load-bearing capacity and bond strength of bridges
  • Investigation of the remaining useful life of bridge structures.
  • Preparation of ZiE and AbZ expert opinions

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