Professor Dr.-Ing. Alfons Esderts

Chair Structural Durability and System Behavior


1963: 4 April, born in Norden / East Frisia

1983 - 1990: Studies at the TU Clausthal, graduation as mechanical engineer

1990 - 1995: research assistant, TU Clausthal

1992 - 1993: part-time lecturer at the Clausthal mining and metallurgical school

1995: Doctorate in engineering, TU Clausthal, subject: Structural Durability under multi-axial bending and torsional stress

1995 - 1997: Head of group Structural Durability, Research and Technology Centre of Deutsche Bahn AG, Minden

1997 - 2003: Head of department Verification and Strength Tests, DB Systemtechnik, Minden

since 07/2003: Full Professor at Clausthal University of Technology; Chair of Structural Durability and System Behavior at the Institute for Plant Engineering and Fatigue Analysis

since 2004: Reviewer for the DFG for SFBs

2008 - 2009: Dean of studies, Department Mechanical and Process Engineering

2009 - 2011: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

2011 - 2014: Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

2014: Member of the Senate of the Lower Saxony Technical University (NTH)

2014 - 2015: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

2014 - 2015: Member of the Senate of the TU Clausthal

2015 - 2019: Part-time Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

since 2017: Consultant for the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.

since 2017: Consultant for the state of Hesse within the LOEWE initiative

10/2018 - 12/2018: Provisional President of the TU Clausthal (m.d.W.d.G.b.)

since 2019: part-time Vice President for Research, Transfer and International Affairs

Publications (selection)

Wächter, M.; Esderts, A.: Contribution to the Evaluation of Stress-Strain and Strain-Life Curves. In: Fatigue and Fracture Test Planning, Test Data Acquisitions and Analysis, ASTM STP1598, Z.Wei, K.Nikbin, P. C. McKeighan, and D. G. Harlow, Eds., ASTM International,West Conshohocken, PA, 2017,pp. 151–185,

Müller, C.; Wächter, M.; Masendorf, R.; Esderts, A.: Accuracy of fatigue limits estimated by the staircase method using different evaluation techniques. In: International Journal of Fatigue, Volume 100, Part 1, July 2017, Pages 296-307, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2017.03.030

Esderts, A.; Wilmes, C.; Bartout, D.; Stark, R.; Nitschke-Pagel, T.; Dilger, K.: Betriebsfeste Auslegung wärmearm gefügter Dünnblechverbindungen (Fatigue Analysis of thin Sheet Joints joined in a low-temperature process). In:  Schweißen und Schneiden 66 (2014) Heft 3

Müller, C.; Masendorf, R.; Esderts, A.: Robustheit der Freigabeprüfung mit wenigen Proben (Robustness of Approval Testing with few Specimen). In: TU Clausthal, Technical Report Faculty 3, ISSN 1869-8018, Fac3-14-03, 2014,

Bonitz, S.; Masendorf, R.; Esderts, A.: Estimating the Lifetime of Fuel Cells by the Methods of Fatigue Strength Analysis under Variable Stress Amplitude. In: Materials Testing 55, No. 9, 2013, S. 678-682,

Medhurst, T.; Esderts, A.; Masendorf, R.: Fatigue Life Calculation Concepts for Structures with locally modified properties. In: Advanced Materials Research Vol. 137 (2010), pp. 317-346, doi: 10.40.28/

Esderts, A.; Masendorf, R.; Medhurst, T.: Influence of Forming on the Cyclic Behaviour of TRIP700. Steel research int. 79 (2008) No. 3, pp. 213-218

Willen, J.; Esderts, A.: Vorschlag zur Lebensdauereinschätzung von Kehlnähten mit ebenen und volumenbasierten FEM-Modellen (Proposal for the Fatigue Life Assessment of Fillet Welds by using 2D and 3D FE-models). In: MP Material Testings 50 (2008) 7-8, S.4,

Esderts, A.; Masendorf, R.; Medhurst, T.: Fatigue Life Calculation for Strcutures with Inhomogenius Strength Propertiers, Creation of High-Strength Structures and Joints by Setting up Local Material Properties. Eds. H. Palkowski, K.-M. Rudolph, Trans Tech Publications, Zurich (2007)

Esderts, A.; Hollunder, S.; Blaschke, T.: Wirtschaftlicher Leichtbau durch Rührreibschweißen (Efficent light-weight Design by Friction Stir Welding). In: Schweißen und Schneiden 58 (2006) Heft 10


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