Opportunities and challenges of non-destructive testing and monitoring methods in civil engineering

Prof. Dr. Christian Große
Technische Universität München
Germany

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Große’s (b. 1961) research area is non-destructive testing. This covers quality assurance during materials manufacturing, the inspection of building components, plants and buildings and continuous surveillance during the operating phase. Construction and mechanical engineering are the main sectors concerned. The disciplines that come into play are geophysics, physics, electrical engineering, computer science and materials management. The main materials he explores are concrete, metal, stone and composites such as fiber reinforced materials.


Prof. Große studied geophysics at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). He did his doctorate (1996) and lecturer qualification (2005) at the University of Stuttgart. A German Research Foundation (DFG) grant enabled him to work at the University of California at Berkeley in 2005/2006. His research area was acoustic emission testing und wireless sensor networks for structural health monitoring. He was appointed associate director and later provisional director of the material testing laboratory at the University of Stuttgart. In 2010, he assumed the newly created position of full professor of non-destructive testing at TUM. This is a joint appointment of the Faculties of Civil Engineering and Geodesy and Mechanical Engineering.

Awards

Publication Award of the Acoustic Emission Working Group, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (2012)
First “Kiewit Lecture” of the Oregon State University, USA (2006)