Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Alexander Düster


Hamburg University of Technology
Institute for Ship Structural Design and Analysis (M-10)
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 4 C
21073 Hamburg
Building C
Room 4.013


Tel+49 40 42878 6083


Office Hours

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Alexander Düster studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kassel and the University of Manchester. He received his diploma degree from the University of Kassel in 1996. Afterwards, he worked as a research assistant on adaptive nonlinear finite element methods at the University of Dortmund and at the TU München. In 2001, he obtained his doctoral degree from TU München, where he continued to work as a post-doc leading a research group on simulation methods in applied mechanics. He visited the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin, USA as a J.T. Oden Research Faculty Fellowship recipient in 2004 and 2006. In 2006, he received the Venia Legendi for Computational Engineering from TU München. He joined the TU Hamburg in 2009, where he became Professor for Numerical Structural Analysis with Application in Ship Technology. His research interests are nonlinear finite element methods, coupled problems, numerical homogenization procedures and fictitious domain methods. He published related works in about 200 papers in proceedings and journals. He is member of the German Association for Computational Mechanics (GACM), the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) General Council, the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM), the German Society for Maritime Technology (STG), and vice chairman of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Kontinuumsmechanik e.V.. Furthermore he is Managing Editor of the international journal ‘Computers and Mathematics with Applications’.


  • Coupled problems (e.g. fluid-structure interaction)
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Methods
  • Finite Cell Method (FCM)
  • Numerical homogenization methods