Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Degenhardt

Professor of Stability of Fibre-Reinforced Composites

Professor Dr. Richard Degenhardt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Degenhardt

Born in Rosenberg/OS on 1st  April, 1965, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Degenhardt completed his civil engineering studies at the TU Braunschweig in 1990. He obtained a doctorate in 1996 from the Institute for Applied Mechanics at the TU Braunschweig on the subject of "Non-linear dynamic structure problems and interaction with the foundation ground". From the period of 1996-2000, he was a stress analyst for Ingenieurbüro J. Behrens in Wolfenbüttel.

From 2000 onwards, he was a researcher at the German Aerospace Centre's Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems in Braunschweig. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Degenhardt was also the Head of the "Stability of Fibre Composites" research group. Since January 2008, he is a professor at the PFH Private University of Applied Sciences.



  • 2004-2008: Coordinator - EU project COCOMAT
  • 2012-2015: Coordinator - EU project DESICOS
  • 2012-2014: Coordinator - EU project IFARs
  • 2005: Research semester at Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012 2012: DLR - Senior scientist
  • 2013 2013: Research semester at NASA, Langley, USA
  • 2013: IJSSD Best Cited Paper:
    Award for the publication of "Experiments on Buckling and Postbuckling of Thin-Walled CFRP Structures using Advanced Measurement systems", Degenhardt R., Kling A., Klein H., Hillger W., Goetting Ch., Zimmermann R., Rohwer K., Gleiter A., International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2007), pp. 337-358

Work and research interests

  • Stability of fibre-reinforced composites
  • Non-linear methods of structural mechanics
  • Development of rapid simulation tools
  • Numerical calculation methods
  • Experimental analysis methods

Visions and objectives

  • To enthuse students for the structural mechanics of fibre composite structures
  • To investigate the structural behaviour of fibre composite structures with a view to utilising load reserves that have not been exploited up to now

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