Retrospect SoSDiD 2008

June 5-6

For more than half a century, Darmstadt has been a centre of essential expertise in structural durability. Test and measurement equipment, computational methods and design philosophies have been developed. To illustrate the continuity of activities in this field several institutes and companies have grouped together to present the Symposium on Structural Durability in Darmstadt.

The objective of the Symposium on Structural Durability in Darmstadt - SoSDiD - is to present the current state of the art to the national and international fatigue community. Contributions have been gathered from German and international experts as well as Darmstadt research work in structural durability. The symposium is intended to supply a lively forum for discussing basic questions and actual trends, bringing together scientists and engineers working in this field.

More than 100 experts from all over the world met in Darmstadt for two days to discuss the lectures dealing with structural durability: materials mechanics, variable amplitude loading in engineering structures and material science and technology related aspects of structural durability. Additionally an exhibition of leading manufacturers of testing equipment did inform about structural and materials testing systems.

List of Lecturers

Arz U., Bacher-Hoechst M., Berger C., Bergmann J., Brune M., Büter A., Christ H.-J., Eichlseder W., Greuling S., Hanselka H., Heuler P., Miller J., Newman J.C., Nussbaumer A., Sakane M., Samuelsson J., Simon R., Socie D., Sonsino C.M., Störzel K., Vormwald M.

Advisory Board

Atzori B., Bacher-Höchst M., Bignonnet A., Dominguez J., Eichlseder W., de Freitas M., Glinka G., Heuler P., Lassen T., Lieurade H.-P., Macha E., Marquis G., Newman J.C., Plummer A.R., Sakane M., Samuelsson J., Savaidis G., Skorupa M., Smith R.A., Socie D.


The Instron Corporation and the Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH did present awards for outstanding workings on structural durability among Darmstadt’s young engineers and scientists.

K.-H. Haase, T. Troßmann, S. Weiland, J. Kraemer


LocationOpeningKurt Klöppel LecturesErnst Gaßner LecturesAugust Thum LecturesClosing remarks

Closing Remarks


The success of a conference depends very much on the supporting environment. The following companies have contributed decisively to the organization of the conference and are acknowledged for their support:

  • Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (HBM), Darmstadt / Germany
  • Instron Structural Testing GmbH (IST), Darmstadt / Germany
  • INA-Schaeffler KG (INA), Herzogenaurach / Germany
  • Zwick GmbH & Co. KG, Ulm / Germany