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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Raimund Rolfes


Appelstr. 9A

30167 Hannover

Room 426


Tel.:      +49-511-762-3867
Fax:      +49-511-762-2236

E-mail:  r.rolfesisd.uni-hannover.de

Consultation hours by arrangement


  • Statics
  • Beam Structures
  • Statically Indeterminate Structures
  • Slabs, Plates and Shells
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Lightweight Composite Structures
  • Finite Element Applications in Structural Analysis

Professional career

2014 Offer of Professorship for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures at University of Stuttgart (declined)
since 2014 Deputy Head / Head (alternating every two years) of New Test Center for Support Structures Hannover
since 2010 Head of the research unit in Hanover of Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (part-time)
since 15.1.2005 Professor for Structural Analysis at University of Hannover
1998 Habilitation (2nd Ph.D.) in Solid Mechanics at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of TU Dresden (Prof. G. Landgraf): Analysis of thermally and mechanically loaded composite plates
1998 Head of Department „Structural Analysis“
1997 Research Stay at Center for Advanced Computational Technology (NASA Langley and University of Virginia, Prof. A.K. Noor)
1993 Deputy Head of Department „Thermo-Resistant Structures“
1988 - 2005 Scientist at DLR Institute of Structural Mechanics (today: Institute for Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems)
1986 - 1988 Ph.D. Student at Institute for Mechanics and Computational Mechanics ( University of Hannover, Prof. Erwin Stein); Ph.D. Thesis: On stability and convergence of mixed finite elements in linear elasticity theory
1978 - 1985 Studies of Civil Engineering at University of Hannover
1977 - 1978 Studies of Electrical Engineering at University of Hannover

Functions in university, foundations and in associations

  • Member of GAMM, GÁCM , European Cooperation on Standardization in Space (ECSS)
  • Founding Member European Aeronautics Science Network Association (EASN)
  • Member of the Board of ForWind (Wind Energy Research Center)
  • Steering Committee of FVWE (Research Alliance Wind Energy consisting of ForWind, Fraunhofer-IWES, DLR)
  • EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), Joint Programme Wind Energy
  • Board Member  EWAE (European Academy on Wind Energy)
  • Reviewer for DFG, STW (The Netherlands), ARC (Australia), FNR (Luxemburg), CCEM (Switzerland), REA (EU, FP7) and 20 international journals
  • International Peer Review Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
  • International Research Assessment Group, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft

Professional recognitions, awards & honors

2016 Certificate for highly cited research in "Mechanics of Materials"
2014 North German Science Award (as member of the German Research Alliance Wind Energy, FVWE)
2012 Full member of der Braunschweigischen Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
2012 Eric Reissner Medal of ICCES (International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences)
2010 Best Paper Award of International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
2000 Award of MSC.Software award for successful partnership in development
1996 Sabbatical of DLR
1992 US Air Force Window-on-Science Programm
1980 - 1988 Fellowship of Cusanuswerk

Editorial boards

Editor in Chief: Computers, Materials & Continua“ (Int. Journal, 2008 - 2013)

Member of the Editorial Board: Thin-Walled Structures, Composites Communications, Int. J. Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Sciences, Wind Energy, Wind Energy Science

Organisation / Co-Organisation of Conferences and Workshops

Head of Organizing Committee:

  • 3rd ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on the Mechanical Response of Composites, 2011, Hannover, Deutschland
  • International Wind Engineering Conference IWEC, 2014, Hannover, Germany

Member of Scientific Committees of 45 International Conferences since 2003


More than 340 publications, (H=24 scopus, H=30 google scholar, link to google scholar)