RUB Bauwesen CompEng

Interactive series of lectures "ING für ALLE": "Wind: Curse and Blessing - Civil Engineers deliver Answers" at Blue Square

Once again on November 6, 2014, "ING für ALLE" welcomed the public at Blue Square in Bochum's pedestrian zone. Prof. Höffer, lecturer at CompEng, reported about the way civil engineers make sure that buildings and bridges are able to withstand storms. Background for this lecture were last summer's heavy storms, especially Kyrill, that caused major damage: torn off branches and fallen down trees had to be removed, people were harmed. By means of numerous examples from real life and films, Prof. Höffer illustrated the functionality of a wind tunnel and its field of application in science.

In his lecture, Prof. Höffer also considered the advantages of wind, however. He demonstrated how civil engineers make beneficial use of wind power by using their expert knowledge to have wind power stations built. In addition, civil engineers investigate how a stroll through the city center can be made more pleasant for the people by factoring in the influence of wind.

This and other past events within the lecture series "ING für ALLE" make us curious for more. And this curiosity will be satisfied: from the area civil engineering about "challenges in tunneling" (SFB 837 - Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling, spokesperson Prof. Dr.-techn. Günther Meschke) on April 2, 2015 and on the subject of "Swinging Footbridges and shaking stands" (Dr.-Ing. habil. Michael Kasperski/EKIB) on May 7, 2015, each at 6 p.m.


The complete program and further information about the series can be found on


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