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

Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2020 JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2019 Environmental Geotechnics
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2019
Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Nordic Concrete Research
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2019 Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2019 MATHEMATICS AND MECHANICS OF SOLIDS
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Civil Engineering, Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics
Publishing year: 2019 ZAMM: ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MATHEMATIK UND MECHANIK
Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Ayman Abed

Ayman Abed

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Amandine Miksic

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Djebar Baroudi

Department of Civil Engineering
University Teacher
Fahim Al-Neshawy

Fahim Al-Neshawy

Department of Civil Engineering
Staff Scientist
Henry Gustavsson

Henry Gustavsson

Department of Civil Engineering
University Teacher
Jarkko Niiranen

Jarkko Niiranen

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Mateusz Janiszewski

Mateusz Janiszewski

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Juha Antikainen

Department of Civil Engineering
University Lecturer
Leena-Katariina Korkiala-Tanttu

Leena-Katariina Korkiala-Tanttu

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Jussi Leveinen

Jussi Leveinen

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor
Michalina Makowska

Michalina Makowska

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mikael Rinne

Mikael Rinne

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Quoc Tran

Quoc Tran

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Wojciech Solowski

Wojciech Solowski

Department of Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor
Lauri Uotinen

Lauri Uotinen

Department of Civil Engineering
Staff Scientist

Lasse Kangas

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Monica Löfman

Monica Löfman

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Jouni Punkki

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor of Practice

Seyedmohammadjavad Seyedan

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Anna Antonova

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Teemu Ojala

Teemu Ojala

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Ammad Tauqir

Department of Civil Engineering
Project Researcher

Risto Kiuru

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Hoang Nguyen

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Mustafa Khalid Masood

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Daniel Castillo Betancourt

Daniel Castillo Betancourt

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Yanjuan Chen

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Yinning Zhang

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ilkka Laine

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Zhongsen Li

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Masoud Torkan

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Antti Kotanen

Department of Civil Engineering
Project Specialist

Abhishek Gupta

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Jalal Torabi

Department of Civil Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
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