Z: Coordination and demonstrator

Z01 - Functional model and demonstrator

For the present Collaborative Research Centre, Z01 is a central project in which an adaptive high-rise building is being realised as a demonstrator building. The objective of sub-project Z01 is to develop and construct this structure and to integrate and scientifically accompany the applied research of the sub-projects from the areas A, B and C. The demonstration tower and the new experimental platform will serve as central experimental units for the entire SFB.

In order to enable extensive research, adaptive components such as actuators and sensors will be integrated into the supporting structure of the demonstration tower even in the basic configuration. Eight hydraulic actuators are integrated in the supports and 16 in the diagonals. More than 200 strain gauges are also applied as sensors to the supporting structure.


Visualization of the demonstrator
Visualization of the demonstrator

This demonstration tower will be a 12-storey high-rise building with a floor area of approx. 5m x 5m. All structural components as well as the façade can be exchanged and modified during the ongoing research since a regular segmentation of the steel structure enables a high degree of flexibility. Vertical access is provided by an external stair tower, which makes the floors accessible via connecting bridges.

The experimental platform planned for the demonstration tower and completed in 2019 lies adjacent to the existing experimental platform of the ILEK, which already houses the Stuttgart SmartShell and other ultralightweight prototypes.

Model of the demonstrator and external stair tower
Model of the demonstrator and external stair tower

For the construction of the demonstrator, the structural compatibility and the control technology must be brought together in a homogenous framework. The design and integration of the control hardware is done centrally in subproject Z01.

Visualization of the demonstrator
Visualization of the demonstrator

As an interdisciplinary project, Z01 combines the research concepts and results of the other projects A, B and C in the demonstration tower. Methods developed in these projects will be applied to the demonstration tower and their feasibility can be verified under real life conditions. Thereby gained results will form the basis for new research projects.

Principal investigators

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek, Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. Oliver Sawodny, Institute for System Dynamics


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Dr.-Ing. Arch.

Stefanie Weidner

Akademische Mitarbeiterin

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Michael Voigt

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Christoph Nething

Academic staff

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