Dr.-Ing. Renate Sachse

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Research Interests

  • Motion Design
  • Active and Adaptive Structures
  • Biomechanics, Biomimetics and Bioinspirated Structures  
  • Soft Robotics
  • Active Metamaterials
  • Structural Mechanics for thin-walled and slender structures
  • Contact Mechanics
  • Plant Biomechanics
  • Modeling of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Modeling of Traumatic Brain Impact

Curriculum Vitae

  • from 01/2021: Research associate at the Institute for Computational Mechanics, Technische Universität München
  • 01/2015 – 12/2020: Research associate at the Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Bischoff
  • 04/2014 – 07/2014: Research assistant at the Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart
  • 11/2012 – 12/2013: Working student in the field of structural engineering at the Werner Sobek AG, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 01/2012 – 05/2012: Study abroad in the ERASMUS-Program, École Spéciale des Travaux Public, du Batiment et de l’Industrie (ESTP) in Cachan, France
  • 10/2011 – 10/2014: M. Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Stuttgart (Master thesis: „Isogeometric Contact Analysis of Thin-Walled Structures“)
  • 09/2011 – 12/2011: Intern in the field of structural engineering at Foster + Partners, London, UK
  • 02/2011 – 08/2011: Research assistant at the Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart
  • 05/2009 – 12/2010: Working student in the field of structural engineering at the Werner Sobek Group GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 10/2008 – 09/2011: B. Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Stuttgart (Bachelor thesis: „An Elementary School Pavilion for Magagula in South Africa – Structural Analysis“)
  • 07/2008: Abitur, Hegel-Gymnasium Stuttgart

Grants and Awards

  • 11/2021: 3rd place of the Dr.-Wilhelmy-VDI Award for young female scientists in engineering sciences for an outstanding dissertation with a high signifcance for science and Germany as a location for technology
  • 07/2021: Award of the Friends of the University of Stuttgart for special scientific achievements for the dissertation
  • 01/2020: GAMM Juniors Fellowship of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) for excellent junior scientists
  • 09/2017: 3rd place at the AVK-Prize for Innovations 2017 for the submission of „Flectofold – ein bionisches, gelenkloses Verschattungssystem“ (translated: Flectofold – a biomimetic, hingeless shading system)
  • 10/2014: Emil-Mörsch-Study Award for exceptional academic achievements
  • 10/2013 – 09/2014: Scholarship of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Deutschlandstipendium) for talented and high-performing students
  • 10/2008 – 09/2011: Exemption from tuition fees for outstanding academic achievements (for the top 5% of students in the academic year)

Teaching

  • Numerical Methods for Engineers, Technical University of Munich
  • Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics, Technical University of Munich
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Methods (selected chapters), Technical University of Munich
  • Baustatik und Baudynamik I (Structural statics and dynamics I), University of Stuttgart
  • Baustatik und Baudynamik II (Structural statics and dynamics II), University of Stuttgart
  • Nichtlineare finite Elemente (Nonlinear finite elements), University of Stuttgart
  • Supervision of 6 Bachelor theses and 13 Master theses

Publications

  • F. Krüger, R. Thierer, Y. Tahouni, R. Sachse, D. Wood, A. Menges, M. Bischoff, J. Rühe: Development of a Material Design Space for 4D-Printed Bio-Inspired Hygroscopically Actuated Bilayer Structures with Unequal Effective Layer Widths. Biomimetics. 2021. DOI: doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics6040058
  • R. Sachse, F. Geiger, M. von Scheven, M. Bischoff: Motion Design with efficient actuator placement for adaptive structures that perform large deformations. Frontiers in Built Environment. 2021. DOI: doi.org/10.3389/fbui.2021.545962
  • R. Sachse, F. Geiger, M. Bischoff:  Constrained motion design with distinct actuators and motion stabilization. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 2021. DOI: doi.org/10.1002/nme.6638
  • Y. Tahouni, T. Cheng, D. Wood, R. Sachse, R. Thierer, M. Bischoff, A. Menges: Self-shaping Curved Folding: A 4Dprinting method for fabrication of self-folding curved crease structures. Symposium on Computational Fabrication, 1-11, DOI: doi.org/10.1145/3424630.3425416
  • R. Sachse, M. Bischoff: A variational formulation for motion design of adaptive compliant structures. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 2020. DOI: doi.org/10.1002/nme.6570
  • R. Sachse, A. Westermeier, M. Mylo, J. Nadasdi, M. Bischoff, T. Speck, S. Poppinga: Snapping mechanics of the Venus flytrap. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 117. 2020. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2002707117
  • A. Körner, L. Born, A. Mader, R. Sachse, S. Saffarian, A. S. Westermeier, S. Poppinga, M. Bischoff, G. T. Gresser, M. Milwich, T. Speck, J. Knippers: Flectofold - a biomimetic compliant shading device for complex free form facades. Smart Materials and Structures, 27. 2018. DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/aa9c2f
  • B. Oesterle, S. Bieber, R. Sachse, E. RAMM, M. Bischoff: Intrinsically locking-free formulations for isogeometric beam, plate and shell analysis. Proc. Appl. Math. Mech., 18. 2018. DOI: 10.1002/pamm.201800399
  • A. Westermeier, R. Sachse, S. Poppinga, P. Vögele, L. Adamec, T. Speck, M. Bischoff: How the carnivorous waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa) snaps. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285. 2018. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0012
  • B. Oesterle, R. Sachse, E. Ramm, M. Bischoff: Hierarchic isogeometric large rotation shell elements including linearized transverse shear parametrization. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 321. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2017.03.031
  • B. Oesterle, R. Sachse, S. Bieber, E. Ramm, M. Bischoff. Isogeometric analysis with hierarchic shell elements – intrinsically free from locking by alternative parametrizations. Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017. Annette Bögle, Manfred Grohmann (eds.) "Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science". 25-28th September, 2017, Hamburg, Germany. 2017.
  • M. Bischoff, R. Sachse, A. Körner, A. Westermeier, L. Born, S. Poppinga, G. T. Gresser, T. Speck, J. Knippers: Modeling and analysis of the trapping mechanism of Aldrovanda vesiculosa as biomimetic inspiration for façade elements. Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017. Annette Bögle, Manfred Grohmann (eds.) "Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science". 25-28th September 2017, Hamburg, Germany, 2017. 2017.
  • L. Born, A. Körner, G. Schieber, A. Westermeier, S. Poppinga, R. Sachse, P. Bergmann, O. Betz, M. Bischoff, T. Speck, J. Knippers, M. Milwich, G. T. Gresser: Fiber-reinforced plastics with locally adapted stiffness for bio-inspired hingeless, deployable architectural systems. Proceedings of the 21th Symposium on Composites, Bremen, Germany. 2017.
  • A. Westermeier, S. Poppinga, A. Körner, L. Born, R. Sachse, S. Saffarian, J. Knippers, M. Bischoff, G. Gresser, T. Speck: Keine Gelenkbeschwerden – Wie Pflanzen sich bewegen und die Technik inspirieren. In: J. Knippers, U. Schmid & T. Speck (eds.), Baubionik – Biologie beflügelt Architektur, 30 – 39. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Serie C, Band 82, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. 2017.
  • S. Poppinga, A. Körner, R. Sachse, L. Born, A. Westermeier, L. Hesse, J. Knippers, M. Bischoff, G. T. Gresser, T. Speck: Compliant Mechanisms in Plants and Architecture. In: Jan Knippers, Klaus G. Nickel, Thomas Speck (Eds.). Biomimetic Research for Architecture and Building Construction. Volume 8 of the series Biologically-Inspired Systems. Springer. 2016. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46374-2_9

Activities on Academic Conferences

Presentations

  • R. Sachse, F. Geiger, M. Bischoff. Constrained motion design for adaptive structures based on a variational formulation. GAMM 2020/21, 91st Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Kassel, Germany, March, 15th – 19th, 2021
  • R. Sachse, M. Bischoff. A variational formulation for motion design of adaptive structures. GAMM 2019, 90th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Vienna, Austria, February, 20th – 24th, 2019
  • R. Sachse, A. Körner, A. Westermeier, L. Born, S. Poppinga, G. Gresser, T. Speck, J. Knippers, M. Bischoff. Biological Design and Integrative Structures - Simulation in der Biomimetik. Forschungskolloquium FE im Schnee, Hirschegg, Austria, March 25th – 28th, 2018
  • R. Sachse, M. Bischoff. A variational formulation for motion design of adaptive structures. 6th European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCM - ECFD 2018), Glasgow, UK, June 11th – 15th, 2018
  • R. Sachse, B. Oesterle, E. Ramm, M. Bischoff. Hierarchic isogeometric large rotation shell elements including linearized transverse shear parametrization. 7th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics, Stuttgart, Germany, October 11th – 13th, 2017
  • R. Sachse, A. Körner, A. Westermeier, L. Born, S. Poppinga, G. Gresser, T. Speck, M. Bischoff, J. Knippers. Design process of a biomimetic facade element inspired by the carnivorous plant Aldrovanda vesiculosa. 7th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS), Crete, Greece, June 5th – 10th, 2016

Organized Minisymposia and Conferences

  • Organization of a mini-symposiums at the „8th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering” in Oslo, Norway, June 5th - 9th, 2022 on „Adaptive and Compliant Engineering Structures”
  • Organization of a mini-symposiums at the „15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 8th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics” in Yokohama, Japan, July 31st - August 5th, 2022 on „Musculoskeletal Biomechanics”
  • Co-organization of the “Pre-GAMM – Onboarding for young researchers”-Workshop – a scientific workshop with introductory courses to core topics of the GAMM (within the context of GAMM 2020/21, 91st Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Kassel, Germany, March, 15th – 19th, 2021)
  • Co-organization of a mini-symposium at the 14th (Virtual) World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 8th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, Paris, France, January 11th – 15th, 2021 on “Adaptive Engineering Structures”
  • Co-organization of the 14th Baustatik-Baupraxis Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, March 23rd-24th, 2020 (approximately around 300 participants) (cancelled on short notice due to Covid-19)
  • Co-organization of the 7th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics, Stuttgart, Germany, Oktober 11th-13th, 2017 (around 250 participants)
  • Organization of a mini-symposium at the 7th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics, Stuttgart, Germany, Oktober 11th-13th, 2017 on “Computational Mechanics in Biomimetics”