Dr.-Ing. Volkmar Zabel

AddressInstitute of Structural Mechanics
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Marienstrasse 15
99423 Weimar
Room 101
Phone+49 (0)3643 / 584516
Fax+49 (0)3643 / 584514

Academic CV


  • Lectures in Structural Dynamics
  • M.Sc. project Experimental Structural Dynamics
  • Lectures in Structural mechanics (2008, 2009)
  • Supervising of Diploma, M.Sc. and B.Sc. Theses related to Structural Dynamics
  • Summer school courses

Research interests

  • Vibration-based system identification and damage detection
  • Experimental and numerical structural dynamics
  • Dynamical behaviour of high-speed railway bridges

Research projects

  • DYNABRIDGE - Dynamische Auslegung von Eisenbahnbrücken in Stahl- und Stahlverbundbauweise mit kleinen und mittleren Spannweiten für den Hochgeschwindigkeitsverkehr - 2012-2013
  • FADLESS - Fatigue damage control and assessment for railway bridges - 2009-2012
  • DETAILS - DEsign for opTimal performance of high-speed rAILway bridges by enhanced monitoring Systems - 2006-2009



  • Zabel, V.; Brehm, M.; de Roeck, G.; Liu, K. and Reynders, E.: Algorithms for structural identification and damage detection, In Proc. of the final workshop - European research project DETAILS, pp. 80-117, Lucca, Italy, 9-11 Dec. 2009
  • Brehm, M. ; Zabel, V. and Bucher, C.: An automatic mode pairing strategy using an enhanced modal assurance citerion based on modal strain energies, Journal of Sound and Vibration, submitted 2009.
  • Ribeiro, D.; Calçada, R.; Delgado,R.; Brehm, M.; Zabel, V.; : "Numerical and experimental assessment of the modal parameters of a bowstring arch railway bridge". In Proc. of Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures, Wroclaw, Poland, October 14-16, 2009
  • Brehm, M.; Zabel, V.; Ribeiro, D.: An Automatic Mode Tracking Strategy for Model Updating Using the Modal Assurance Criterion and Modal Strain Energies. In Proc. of 18th International Conference on the Applications of Computer Science and Mathematics in Architecture and Civil Engineering, Weimar, Germany, 7-9 July, 2009
  • Brehm, M.; Zabel, V.; Cantieni, Reto: Modellanpassung einer Eisenbahnbrücke für den Hochgeschwindigkeitsverkehr. In Proc. 3. VDI Fachtagung Baudynamik, Kassel, Deutschland, 14.-15. Mai, 2009
  • Brehm, M.; Zabel, V.: Stochastic Model Updating Using Perturbation Methods Combined With Neural Network Estimations. Accepted Paper for IMAC-XXVII Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, Florida, February 9 - 12, 2009
  • Zabel, V.; Brehm, M.: Model updating techniques - a comparative study. Accepted Paper for IMAC-XXVII Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, Florida, February 9 - 12, 2009


  • Zabel, V., Brehm, M.: "Das dynamische Verhalten von Eisenbahnbrücken mit kurzer Spannweite - numerische und experimentelle Untersuchungen". Bauingenieur, D-A-CH-Mitteilungsblatt, Band 83, März 2008.
  • Brehm, M. ;Zabel, V.: "Comparison of Modal- and Wavelet-Based Damage Indicators". In Proc. ISMA 2008 International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, Leuven, Belgium, September 15 - 17, 2008.
  • Cantieni, Reto; Brehm, M.; Zabel, V.; Rauert, T.; Hoffmeister, B.: Ambient Testing and Model Updating of a Bridge for High-Speed Trains. In Proceedings of IMAC-XXVI, February 4-7, 2008, Orlando, Florida USA


  • Zabel, V., Brehm, M., Bucher, C.: Climatic influences on the dynamics of railway bridges with steel girders embedded in concrete. In: Proc. Int. Conf. on Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures (EVACES'07), Porto, Portugal, 24-26 October, 2007.