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

The Bitumen Related Problems Observed on Soft Asphalt Concrete Pavements : Case Study

Michalina Makowska, Katri Eskola 2022 Proceedings of the RILEM International Symposium on Bituminous Materials

Characterisation of complex polymer modified bitumen with rheological parameters

Laurent Porot, Stefan Vansteenkiste, Michalina Makowska, Xavier Carbonneau, Jiqing Zhu, Sjaak Damen, Kees Plug 2021 Road Materials and Pavement Design

Inherent variability of geotechnical properties for Finnish clay soils

Monica Löfman, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2021 18th International Probabilistic Workshop, IPW 2020

Reliability analysis of consolidation settlement in clay subsoil using FOSM and Monte Carlo simulation

Monica Löfman, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2021 TRANSPORTATION GEOTECHNICS

Transformation models for the compressibility properties of Finnish clays using a multivariate database

Monica Löfman, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2021 Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards

Monitoring of rock stress change using instrumented rebar rock bolts

Walter Mai, Mateusz Janiszewski, Lauri Uotinen, Ritesh Mishra, Mikael Rinne 2021 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Thin layer chromatography performed in stages to identify the presence of aromatic like fraction in chosen bitumen modifiers

Michalina Makowska, Terhi Pellinen 2021 Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition)

A Bayesian network approach for geotechnical risk assessment in underground mines

R. Mishra, L. Uotinen, M. Rinne 2021 Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Jarkko Niiranen

Jarkko Niiranen

Associate Professor
T214 Civil Engineering
Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Professori (Associate professor)
T214 Civil Engineering
Wojciech Solowski

Wojciech Solowski

Associate Professor
T214 Civil Engineering
Anna Antonova

Anna Antonova

Doctoral Candidate
T214 Civil Engineering

Jalal Torabi

Postdoctoral Researcher
T214 Civil Engineering
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