Dr. sc. ETH
Simon R. Eugster

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Telefon0049 711 685-68152
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Nichtlineare Mechanik
Pfaffenwaldring 9
70569 Stuttgart
Since 2014 Akademischer Rat a.Z. at the Institute for Nonlinear Mechanics,
University of Stuttgart
2014 Doctoral Degree, Thesis: “On the Foundations of Continuum Mechanics and its
Application to Beam Theories”
Advisors: Prof. Ch. Glocker and Prof. P. Ballard
2009 – 2014 Doctoral student at the Center of Mechanics, ETH Zurich
2009 M.Sc. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich
2004 – 2009 Studies in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich

Research interests:   

One of the main goals of mechanics is the description and the prediction of the motion of mechanical devices, machines and mechanical processes. To meet this aim, abstract mechanical theories are formulated, thereby applying concepts from mathematical science. In such a determinism, a strict separation between reality and mathematical abstraction, called the model, has to be considered. The modeling process, being the procedure of the mathematical abstraction, is an interaction between the choice of the assumed mathematical structure and the description of observations in the real world within this mathematical framework. Hence, a mechanical theory can be developed on different levels of mathematical abstraction. The higher the level of mathematical abstraction, the less mathematical objects are involved and the more general a mechanical theory is.

Computational mechanics

  • Efficient numerical analysis of pantographic structures applying higher gradient continuum theories
  • Numerical schemes which respect the underlying geometric properties of mechanical systems
  • Development of nonlinear finite element formulations for nonlinear beam theories

Geometric and variational mechanics

  • The notion of stress in a variational formulation of continuum mechanics
  • Intrinsic differential geometric description of the fundamental principles of continuum mechanics
  • Geometric formulation of analytical dynamics with non-holonomic constraints on metric-affine spaces


Research projects:





Eugster, Simon:  Geometric  Continuum Mechanics and Induced Beam Theories
Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics Vol. 75
Springer-Verlag, 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-16495-6


Doctoral Thesis:


On the Foundations of Continuum Mechanics and its Application to Beam Theories
ETH Zurich, 2014. Examiner: Ch. Glocker, co-examiner: P. Ballard.


Journal Publications:

Eugster, S.R., dell'Isola, F.: “Exegesis of the Introduction and Sect. I from ''Fundamentals of the Mechanics of Continua'' by E. Hellinger”, Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 30 pages, submitted 2016.

Eugster, S.R., Glocker, Ch.: “On the notion of stress in classical continuum mechanics”, Archive of Applied Mechanics, 27 pages, submitted 2016.

Eugster, S.R., Hesch, C., Betsch, P., Glocker, Ch.: “Director-based beam finite elements relying on the geometrically exact beam theory formulated in skew coordinates”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 97(2), pp. 111–129, 2014.  PDF

Eugster, S.R., Glocker, Ch.: “Constraints in structural and rigid body mechanics: A frictional contact problem”, Annals of Solid and Structural Mechanics, Vol. 5 (1-2), pp. 1–13, 2013. PDF



Capobianco, G., Eugster, S.R.: “A Moreau-type variational integrator”, In Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. 4 pages, submitted 2016.  PDF

Eugster, S.R., Glocker, Ch.: “An alternative perspective on the concept of stress in classical continuum mechanics”, In Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. 2 pages, submitted 2016.  PDF

Eugster, S.R.: “An Intrinsic Geometric Formulation of the Equilibrium Equations in Continuum Mechanics”, In Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. Vol. 15, pp. 289-291, 2015.  PDF

Eugster, S.R., Glocker, Ch.: “Determination of the transverse shear stress in an Euler-Bernoulli beam using non-admissible virtual displacements”, In Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Vol. 14, pp. 187-188, 2014. PDF

Eugster, S.R., Glocker, Ch.: “Dynamical behavior of a nonlinear elastic catenary with a rigid disk a nonlinear finite element formulation”, In Proceedings of the Multibody Dynamics 2011 ECCOMAS Thematic Conference, 2011. PDF 

Eugster, S.R., Glocker, Ch.: “Frictional impact of a rigid disk on an elastic cable”, In Advances in Modern Aspects of Mechanics, 2010. PDF 

Saur, S.C., Alkadhi, H., Regazzoni, L., Eugster, S., Székely, G., Cattin, P.: “Contrast enhancement with dual energy CT for the assessment of atherosclerosis”. In Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin 2009, 2009. PDF