Projects and Thesis

The Chair of Advanced Structures offers projects and thesis in English and German Language. Interested students can either choose from the list of predefined topics or come up with their own ideas. The professorship highly encourages new research ideas.

Offered Topics

The list of offered topics is frequently updated! 

Master Thesis:

Investigation of the capabilities of masonry infill macromodels to account for strengthening measures (L. Abrahamczyk)

Assessment of the degree of clamping of slabs in multi-story masonry structures (L. Abrahamczyk)

Damage quantification of RC frame structures using low-cost building monitoring data (M. Haweyou)

Assessment of representative buildings of the Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia for validation of seismic risk studies (in cooperation with University Osijek)

Earthquake performance assessment of a Cultural Heritage Building (in cooperation with University Osijek)

Sensitivity analysis of internally voided concrete building elements to changes in void former configurations (K. Webber)

Evaluating nonlinear strength-ductility relationship in macro-modelling for the in-plane response of unreinforced masonry panels (A. Uzair)

Sensitivity analysis on the mechanical parameters of continum models for simulating the in-plane response of unreinforced masonry panels (A. Uzair)

Bachelor Thesis:

Bewertung und Vergleich der Modelle zur Beschreibung des Trag- und Verformungsverhalten von Kellerwänden (L. Abrahamczyk)


  • Assessment of the residual capacity of reinforced concrete frame structures considering nonlinear flexure and shear behaviour (Basnet, Nisha)
  • Seismic assessment of a 5-storey RC residential building hit by the Feburary 2023 Kahramanmaras earthquake sequence (Aryal, Shristi)
  • Impact of dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction (SSI) on the nonlinear behaviour of infill walls during earthquake events (Baral, Anusha)
  • Investigations on critical parameters that control the role of soil-structure interaction effects on the seismic response of RC buildings (Subedi, Prashanta)
  • Evacuation Routes / simulation for earthquakes supported by BIM-based assessment models (Bellot, Andreas - in cooperation with ITD)
  • Urban Scale Earthquake Risk Assessments of Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia (Arastooye, Mahdi)
  • The earthquake performance of a cultural heritage building: Cathedral of St. James in Sibenk, Croatia (Shah, Muazzam)
  • Earthquake Performance Assessment of Cultural Heritage Building: Case study of Castle Trakošćan, Croatia (Qayyum, Ikramullah)


  • Comparative study of RC buildings designed with and without viscous fluid dampers according to the Colombian code (Hidalgo, Victor A.)
  • Assessment of Eurocode 8 design provisions for reinforced concrete walls (Baina, Diego D.)
  • Benefits of performance-based design of multi-story RC frame buildings in Kabul, Afghanistan (Yousofi, Habibullah)
  • Quantification of opening’s irregularity for unreinforced masonry façades using finite element and equivalent frame method (Gomez, Daniel A.)
  • Assessment of the earthquake performance of a Cultural Heritage Building: Episcopal Seminary Building and Classical Gymnasium in Dubrovnik, Croatia (Bonilla, Dagoberto G.)
  • Assessment of the earthquake performance of a cultural heritage building applying the equivalent frame method in Dubrovnik, Croatia (Elias, Kinda)
  • Comparative assessment of the resilience of harbors and surrounding regions against water-related hazards. Case study: Durban & Bremerhaven (Torrell, Andres E. B.)
  • Effects of soil-structure interaction on seismic response of wall-frame and moment resisting frame structures on soft soil deposits (Afroz, Ayesha M.)


  • Earth construction in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – a study of current research on the topic, supplemented by suitability tests on building clays from Germany and abroad (Engelen, Brit)
  • Comparative study on the application of pushover, nonlinear time history and incremental dynamic analysis: case study RC frame structures with masonry infill walls (Rimal, Prashant)
  • Assessment and validation of existing methods for the determination of floor spectra using recorded response time histories (Siddique, Usman M.)
  • Reliability of equivalent frame method for URM facades with irregular opening layouts (Lamadrid, Lissethe F. G.)
  • Reviewing the influence of innovative connection systems on the seismic capacity of masonry infill walls in frame type structures (Berhe, Hiwot E.)
  • Adaptation of retrofitting measures workflow to the building information modelling concept (Ghattas, Mina A.F.M.)
  • Damage grade description for frame type structures:  a comparative study under extreme natural hazard impact (Shivamallapa, Kavya)


  • Assessment of functionality of a hospital after an earthquake (Gohil, Roshan)
  • Comparative study of macro models for the seismic performance assessment of reinforced concrete (RC) structures (Haweyou, Melad)
  • Performance-based design of prefabricated reinforced concrete hall structures (Mittal, Ankush)
  • Assessment of in-plane behavior of URM infill walls with openings and confining elements (Sharma, Shashikant)
  • Assessment of the influence of “accidental” torsional behavior w.r.t. axial load ratio and capacity design principles (Ramadan, Fachri)
  • Assessment of climate change consequences for wind loads and design of multi-story structures (Othman, Reyad)
  • Comparative study on real-time algorithms for automated damage detection (Sharafi, Pedram)
  • Damage pattern in RC frame structures under extreme horizontal loading - analogy consideration for natural and human induced impacts (Haq, Rehanul)
  • Influence of soil-structure interaction effects to dynamic response of an existing reinforced-concrete frame building (Prša, Ivan Z.)