Thomas Spenke

M. Sc.

Research Associate

Thomas Spenke
Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems


Building: Rogowski 1090

Room: 219a

Schinkelstraße 2

52062 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 99908
Fax: +49 241 80 99910

About me

After my A level (Abitur) and my alternative service in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, I started my studies in Computational Engineering Science at RWTH Aachen University in fall 2011. I first came into contact with CATS in 2014 in the course of my project thesis. It was followed by both a bachelor and a seminar thesis on isogeometric shell elements in the context of fluid-structure interaction. During my master thesis, which focussed on numerical methods increasing the efficiency of partitioned algorithms for fluid-structure interaction, I succesfully applied for a doctoral position at CATS, so that I became a member of the research team in October 2017.

  Sloshing Tank Copyright: Thomas Spenke


My research interests are:

  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Isogeometric Analysis
  • Nonlinear Structural Mechanics, in particular Shell Theory
  • Interface Quasi-Newton Methods


I am in charge of the exercises in:

CES Mechanics I (Statics)

CES Mechanics II (Dynamics)

Completed Student Projects

  • J. Zwar, "Adaptive Time Stepping for Simulation of Fluid-Structure Interaction", Master Thesis, Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems, RWTH Aachen University, 2019

Student project offers


Journal Article

A multi-vector interface quasi-Newton method with linear complexity for partitioned fluid-structure interaction
Published in: Computer methods in applied mechanics and engineering (2020)

Contribution to a conference proceedings

Combining Interface Quasi-Newton Methods and the Robin-Neumann Scheme for Partitioned Fluid-Structure Interaction
Published in: Book of Abstracts : 5th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference, YIC 2019 : September 1-6, 2019, Kraków, Poland / Edited by: Konrad Perzyński, Krzysztof Bzowski (2019)
A Novel Multi-Vector Interface Quasi-Newton Method for Partitioned Fluid-Structure Interaction
Published in: Book of Abstracts of the 90th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2019) (2019)