Thomas Michaelis, M.Eng.

External PhD

Identification and modelling of damping in lightweight structures

Lightweight structures are used in many industries and sectors. Especially the automotive and aerospace industry benefit from the low material input and the resulting energy savings in the operational phase. In addition to the above-mentioned potentials, lightweight structures offer the possibility of specifically combining high damping of vibrations with low material usage. For this purpose, the so-called sandwich structures are used. The sandwich structures usually consist of force-absorbing cover layers and softer core layers made of a honeycomb structure or polymers. The focus of the study is the physical modelling of the damping, the parameter identification through experimental analysis and the implementation in simulation models.

Research Topics

  • Numerical- and experimental vibroacoustics
  • Parameter identification
  • Modelling of damping

Project Partners

  • Technical University of Munich
  • University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt



  • Michaelis, Thomas; Marburg, Steffen; Retka, Stefanie: Dämpfungsidentifikation von Leichtbaustrukturen. Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2023, 49. Jahrestagung für Akustik, 06.-09. März 2023, Hamburg, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik e.V. (DEGA), 2023 more… BibTeX


  • Michaelis, T.; Marburg, S.; Retka, S.: Application of the Transfer Path Analysis to Vehicle Doors. , 2022 more… BibTeX