Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Holger Steeb

Board of Directors, Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC)
Institute of Applied Mechanics


+49 711 685-66029


Pfaffenwaldring 7
7056 Stuttgart


  • Continuum Mechanics
  • (Smart) Material Modelling
  • Multi-Scale Methods
  • Porous Media
  • Homogenization
  • X-Ray Computed Tomography
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

Selected Publications

  1. I. Güven, S. Frijters, J. Harting, S. Luding, and H. Steeb. “Hydraulic properties of sintered glass bead systems”. In: Granular Matter 19 (2017), p. 28.
  2. R. Jänicke, B. Quintal, and H. Steeb. “Numerical homogenization of mesoscopic loss in poroelastic media”. In: European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids 49 (2015), pp. 382–395.
  3. F. Fusseis, H. Steeb, X. Xiao, W.-L. Zhu, I. B. Butler, S. Elphick, and U. Maeder. “A low-cost X-ray-transparent experimental cell for synchrotron-based X-ray microtomography studies under geological reservoir conditions”. In: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 21.1 (2014), pp. 251–253.
  4. C. Vinci, J. Renner, and H. Steeb. “A hybrid-dimensional approach for an efficient numerical modeling of the hydro-mechanics of fractures”. In: Water Resources Research 50.2 (2014), pp. 1616–1635.
  5. C. Vinci, J. Renner, and H. Steeb. “On attenuation of seismic waves associated with flow in fractures”. In: Geophysical Research Letters 41.21 (2014), pp. 7515–7523.
  6. B. Quintal, H. Steeb, M. Frehner, S. M. Schmalholz, and E. H. Saenger. “Pore fluid effects on S-wave attenuation caused by wave-induced fluid flow”. In: Geophysics 77.3 (2012), pp. L13–L23.
  7. B. Quintal, H. Steeb, M. Frehner, and S. M. Schmalholz. “Quasi-static finite element modeling of seismic attenuation and dispersion due to wave-induced fluid flow in poroelastic media”. In: Journal of Geophysical Research 116.B1 (2011), B01201.
  8. E. H. Saenger, F. Enzmann, Y. Keehm, and H. Steeb. “Digital rock physics: Effect of fluid viscosity on effective elastic properties”. In: Journal of Applied Geophysics 74.4 (2011), pp. 236–241.
  9. M. Frehner, S. M. Schmalholz, E. H. Saenger, and H. Steeb. “Comparison of finite difference and finite element methods for simulating two-dimensional scattering of elastic waves”. In: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 171.1 (2008), pp. 112–121.
  10. S. Diebels and H. Steeb. “The size effect in foams and its theoretical and numerical investigation”. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A 458.2028 (2002), pp. 2869–2883.

Graduation in Civil Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), University of Stuttgart

Teaching assistant, Institute of Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart

June 2002
Doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.), University of Stuttgart

Researcher (SFB 404), Institute of Mechanics, University of Stuttgart

Researcher & Lecturer, Chair of Applied Mechanics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken

4/2004 - 8/2004
Post-Doc Fellow (through EU-RTN), Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Physics, NTUA Athens, Greece

Habilitation in Mechanics (Venia Legendi in Mechanics), Saarland University, Saarbrücken

since 5/2008
Assistant Professor (now Guest Professor), Multi-Scale Mechanics, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

2009 - 9/2015
Full Professor (W3) for Continuum Mechanics at the Institute for Computational Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum

since 10/2015
Full Professor (W3) for Continuum Mechanics at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, University of Stuttgart

  • since 2009 Guest Professor, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • since 2019 Editorial Board "GAMM Mitteilungen - Surveys for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics"
  • PI and Member of the Executive Committee DFG SFB 1313 “Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media - Flow, Transport and Deformation” (since 2018)
  • Editor-in-Chief for Springer book series “Advances in Geophysical and Environmental Mechanics and Mathematics” (since 2014)
  • Editorial Board “Applied and Computational Mechanics” (since 2014)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ICAMS (Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation) (since 2014)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Research Department “Subsurface Modeling & Engineering”, Ruhr-University Bochum (2014–2015)
  • Coordinator of the Integrated Graduate School of the DFG SFB 837 “Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling” (2014–2015)
  • Chairman of the GAMM Activity Group “Multiscale Material Modelling” (2013–2015)
  • PI and Member of the Executive Committee DFG SFB 837 “Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling” (2013–2015)
  • Co-organizer: Lorentz Center Workshop “Scale Transitions in Space and Time for Materials” (2009)
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