Department of Civil Engineering

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

Stabilization of soft clay with sustainable binders for dry deep mixing design

Alejandra Lopez Ramírez, Yinning Zhang, Juha Forsman, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2024 GEOTECHNICAL TESTING JOURNAL

Combined NDT methods to determine the variations in compressive strength throughout concrete structures

Fahim Al-Neshawy, Miguel Ferreira, Jari Puttonen 2023 Proceedings of the International Conference on Non-destructive Evaluation of Concrete in Nuclear Applications - NDE NucCon 2023

Proceedings of the International Conference on Non-destructive Evaluation of Concrete in Nuclear Applications - NDE NucCon 2023

Fahim Al-Neshawy, Miguel Ferreira, Edgar Bohner, Pirkko Kekäläinen, Tandre Oey, Vera Lay, Ernst Niederleithinger 2023

Using non-destructive testing methods for locating the steel reinforcement in reinforced concrete structures

Fahim Al-Neshawy, Abobaker Ba Ragaa, Jari Puttonen 2023 Proceedings of the International Conference on Non-destructive Evaluation of Concrete in Nuclear Applications - NDE NucCon 2023

The Effect of Heat Curing on the Early-Strength Development of Low-Carbon Concrete

Anna Antonova, Ekaterina Illarionova, Fahim Al-Neshawy, Jouni Punkki 2023 International RILEM Conference on Synergising Expertise towards Sustainability and Robustness of Cement-based Materials and Concrete Structures. SynerCrete 2023

Utilizing Recycled concrete aggregate for treating Acid mine drainage

Elmira Brooshan, Tommi Kauppila, Małgorzata Szlachta, Mohammad Jooshaki, Jussi Leveinen 2023 Cleaner Materials


Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Di Wang, Lily D. Poulikakos, Emiliano Pasquini 2023 Valorisation of Waste and Secondary Materials for Roads

Valorisation of Waste and Secondary Materials for Roads : State-of-the-Art Report of the RILEM TC 279-WMR

Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Lily D. Poulikakos, Emiliano Pasquini, Di Wang 2023
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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Research group members

Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Senior Advisor
T214 Civil Engineering
Wojciech Solowski

Wojciech Solowski

Associate Professor
T214 Civil Engineering

Anna Antonova

Postdoctoral Researcher
T214 Civil Engineering

Kateryna Krayushkina

Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Yuxuan Sun

Doctoral Researcher

Ying MA

Project Employee
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