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Mineral-based materials and mechanics

Our research is focused on developing new industrial solutions and innovations needed in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of civil engineering applications reliant on mineral-based materials. The target is to ensure the strength, durability and sustainability of solids and structures in the built environment.
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Our field of study brings together a set of civil engineering practices and professions that deal with mineral-based construction materials or products and structures applying such materials. The disciplines involved not only affect our everyday lives, but also make a significant scientific contribution in our society as it looks to cope with increasing infrastructural defects, climate variability and a need to reduce the use of non-renewable raw materials.

The research of mineral-based materials and mechanics embraces the study of soils, aggregates, rock, concrete and other building materials so that the strength and durability of various civil engineering structures can be assessed and assured.

Our work comprises the development of various computational modelling and numerical methods for enhancing the use of pressure- and time-dependent materials in the built environment. The group has experimental facilities for both on-site and laboratory investigations to validate our simulations of engineered systems.

Current topics

Current research projects are mainly funded by Academy of Finland as well as domestic and international R&I sources and carried out in collaboration with our partners. Topics of research projects are related to novel computational models and methods, the safety of nuclear facilities, use of soil and rock as the source of thermal energy, techniques for mineralogical characterisation, durability of asphalt and concrete mixtures and new composite materials to increase the tension capacity of mineral-based materials.

The research group offers multidisciplinary expertise to support the use of soil and rock resources as a part of the built environment.  The group actively supports the transfer of knowledge to small-scale entrepreneurs and larger industry actors.

Latest publications

Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

The size-dependent thermal bending and buckling analyses of composite laminate microplate based on new modified couple stress theory and isogeometric analysis

Publishing year: 2019 Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

Dust emission from crushing of hard rock aggregates

Publishing year: 2019 Atmospheric Pollution Research
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION EMPLOYING ISOGEOMETRIC TOOLS IN PARTICLE SWARM OPTIMIZER

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Building Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

An improved moving least squares method for the Material Point Method

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

Continuum modelling of the granular flows in gaseous states using material point method

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

ANALYSIS OF COMPOSITE STRAIGHT AND CURVED BRIDGE DECKS WITH INTERMEDIATE DIAPHRAGMS & ASSESSMENT OF BRIDGE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS

Publishing year: 2019 Engineering Structures
Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering

MPM Simulation of fine particle migration process within unsaturated soils

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

Applications of a New THMC Coupled Code “Thebes”

Publishing year: 2019 Environmental Geotechnics
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

Moving least squares reconstruction for B-spline Material Point Method

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics

3D discrete blood flow hybrid modeling approach with IGA.

Publishing year: 2018
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Ayman Abed

Ayman Abed

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Fahim Al-Neshawy

Fahim Al-Neshawy

Department of Civil Engineering
Staff Scientist

Juha Antikainen

Department of Civil Engineering
University Lecturer

Anna Antonova

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Alireza Baghbanan

Department of Civil Engineering
Visiting Scholar

Djebar Baroudi

Department of Civil Engineering
University Teacher
Daniel Castillo Betancourt

Daniel Castillo Betancourt

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Yanjuan Chen

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Henry Gustavsson

Henry Gustavsson

Department of Civil Engineering
University Teacher
Mateusz Janiszewski

Mateusz Janiszewski

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Lasse Kangas

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Risto Kiuru

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)

Lauri Kortelainen

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Assistant

Ilkka Laine

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Assistant

Xiaoqin Lei

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Jussi Leveinen

Jussi Leveinen

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor
Monica Löfman

Monica Löfman

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Michalina Makowska

Michalina Makowska

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Amandine Miksic

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Tuan Nguyen

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Jarkko Niiranen

Jarkko Niiranen

Department of Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor
Teemu Ojala

Teemu Ojala

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Jyrki Oraskari

Jyrki Oraskari

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Terhi Pellinen

Terhi Pellinen

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor

Eero Peltoniemi

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Assistant

Jouni Punkki

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor of Practice
Mikael Rinne

Mikael Rinne

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)

Seyedmohammadjavad Seyedan

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Wojciech Tomasz Sołowski

Wojciech Tomasz Sołowski

Department of Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor

Tuure Takala

Department of Civil Engineering
Project Employee

Ammad Tauqir

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Assistant

Loc Tran

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Quoc Anh Tran

Quoc Anh Tran

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Ioannis Tsiptsis

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lauri Kalle Tapio Uotinen

Lauri Kalle Tapio Uotinen

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Yinning Zhang

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher