The Wind Engineering and Fluid Mechanics (WiSt) group represents teaching and research at the faculty in structural aerodynamics, in the related fields of dynamics of structures - especially wind-excited random vibrations - and probabilistic safety theory, and in fluid mechanics in civil engineering. It evolved from the Aerodynamics in Civil Engineering Working Group, which was active in these research areas from 1974 to 2001. ASIB operates the boundary layer wind tunnel of the Institute of Structural Engineering of the Ruhr-University Bochum, which was built in 1977 under the leadership of the then owner of the working group, Prof. Dr.-Ing. H.-J. Niemann, and has been successfully maintained and expanded since then.

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Animation of the new Sava Bridge in the architectural competition

Further information can be found under Projects in the section "Practice - Applications and training - Wind tunnel projects".

© Yves Lambert, Sept. 2018 (Historic propulsionof the Eiffel wind tunnel in Paris)

"Today, you couldn't imagine not having aerodynamics!"

Jean-Marie Franco, Head of Laboratoire Eiffel S.A.R.L. in the 16th arrondissement, Paris, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Gustave Eiffel's death on 27.12.2023 Pioneering role in the field of aerodynamics in civil engineering.


Head of the working group

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Höffer


Elke Köster



Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Working Group:
und Strömungsmechanik
Gebäude IC Ebene 5
Sekretariat Raum 129
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Tel.: +49 (0)234 32 26141
Fax: +49 (0)234 32 14631