Hannah Weisbecker

Hannah Weisbecker



  • 09/2012:
Summer School on "Modeling and Simulation in Soft Tissue Biomechanics: from Structure to Macroscopic Response", Graz, Austria
  • 04/2012:
Summer School on "Nonlinear Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics: Theoretical formulations, technologies and computations", Pavia, Italy
  • 06/10:
Summer School on "Modeling in Biomechanics and Mechanobiology at Different Length Scales", Graz, Austria
  • 10/04 – 12/09:
Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Applied Mechanics, Dresden University of Technology, Germany (with distinction)

Professional Appointments

  • Since 02/10:
Doctoral Student, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • 10/05 – 09/09:
Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Research Experience

  • 05/09 – 11/09:
Master Thesis project: Damage detection via 3D scanning laser vibrometer measurements utilizing the concept of strain compatiblity. Dresden University of Technology, Germany, and University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 09/08 – 03/09:
Project Thesis: Numerical evaluation of the acoustic eigenvalue problem with present ambient flow velocity. University of Concepción, Chile

Awards and Honors

  • Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service for a study visit in Australia


H. Weisbecker, D.M. Pierce and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

A generalized prestressing algorithm for finite element simulations of pre-loaded geometries with application to the aorta.
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, in press.

H. Weisbecker, C. Viertler, D.M. Pierce and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

The role of elastin and collagen in the softening behavior of the human thoracic aortic media.
Journal of Biomechanics, 46:1859-1865, 2013.

H. Weisbecker, D.M. Pierce, P. Regitnig and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Layer-specific damage experiments and modeling of human thoracic and abdominal aortas with non-atherosclerotic intimal thickening.
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 12:93-106, 2012.

H. Weisbecker, B. Cazzolato, S. Wildy, S. Marburg, J. Codrington and A. Kotousov [link]

Surface strain measurements using a 3D scanning laser vibrometer.
Experimental Mechanics, 52:805-815, 2012.

Biographical Sketch

Hannah Weisbecker was born in Braunschweig, Germany. After graduating from High School she spent one year in the Ukraine as a volunteer with the European Voluntary service. Hannah then started her study of Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Applied Mechanics at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant. During her studies she spent one semester at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and one semester at the University of Concepción in Chile where she worked on her project thesis. Hannah's Master Thesis dealt with damage detection via 3D scanning laser vibrometer measurements and was realized as a joint project between the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Adelaide in Australia. In February 2010 she started her PhD in biomechanics at the Institute of Biomechanics at Graz University of Technology. She works on the modeling of damage in arterial tissue with a focus on the mathematical description of the constitutive behavior of arteries as well as development and application of the finite element method for arterial tissue.