Institut für Sandwichtechnik - Mainz Institut für Sandwichtechnik - Mainz

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The Institute

The Institute of Innovative Structures - Mainz

The Institut für Sandwichtechnik - Mainz was founded by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Berner in december 2003 as a research institute of the department of civil engineering at Hochschule Mainz - University of Applied Sciences.

Since the end of 2009 the institute is directed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Naujoks. Professor Berner conducts the institute's actvities as a member of the advisory board.

In Januar 2014 the institute opened its focus towards a wider range of innovative structures in civil engineering and hence changed its name.


The Institute of Innovative Structures (iS-mainz) is a foundation of the Department of Technology at Hochschule Mainz

Aims and tasks

It is the goal of the institute to promote sandwich technology. To achieve these goals, both, basic research and industry driven research and development are cultivated. User benefit is given special emphasis.
General accessible information is published regularly in institute reports, which are made available to you.

Founding an institute for sandwich technology bundles the so far separately working groups Hochschule Mainz (University of Applied Sciences), Amtliche Prüfstelle für Baustoffe (material testing authority) and Ingenieurbüro iS-engineering (consulting engineers) under one roof.
This forms a centre you can address with all technical and scientific problems dealing with sandwich technology.

Mission Statement

Achieving excellence through learning.



The institute operates modern dynamic testing machines, high-end digital measurement technology with sensors for force, displacement and strain and a climate chamber, in which full size sandwich panels can be aged artificially at the Labor für Tragwerksbau.

At the Amtliche Prüfstelle für Baustoffe additional testing machines used for static testing and an additional climate chamber for artificial ageing of material samples are at our disposal.

Together with the Stahlbaulabor at Technische Universität Darmstadt, the institute runs a testing rig, to investigate the tightness of joints in constructions made of sandwich elements and to futher optimize the geometries of element joints. Jointlengths of up to 2 x 3 meters can be tested.

The institute uses modern FEM- (Finite Elemente Method) and CFM- (Computational Fluid Modeling) software for numerical modeling of sandwich panels and joints.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Merle
head of iS-mainz
- Stahlbau / Stahlleichtbau, head of material testing authority
phone.: +49 (0) 6131 - 628 -1361



An English translation of the statutes is currently not available.
For any inquiries please refer to the German version or contact


Annual Report

An English translation of the annual report is currently not available.
For any inquiries please refer to the German version or contact

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