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

Valorisation of dune sand-tuff for Saharan pavement design

Elhadj Guesmia Daheur, Zhongsen Li, Abdellah Demdoum, Said Taibi, Idriss Goual 2023 Construction and Building Materials

Evolution of tire-pavement friction with the regular surface macro-texture characteristics and environmental factors using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology

Fucheng Guo, Jianzhong Pei, Guojing Huang, Zhe Hu, Zhenxing Niu, Augusto Cannone Falchetto 2023 Journal of Cleaner Production

Rapid tunnel scanning using a 360-degree camera and SfM photogrammetry

Mateusz Janiszewski, Markus Prittinen, Masoud Torkan, Lauri Uotinen 2023 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Virtual reality learning system for remote rock mass mapping

Mateusz Janiszewski, Xiaoyun Zhang, Lauri Uotinen, Mikael Rinne 2023 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Stabilisation of Malmi soft clay with traditional and low-CO2 binders

Alejandra Lopez Ramirez, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2023 TRANSPORTATION GEOTECHNICS

Empirical mode decomposition approach to simplify the fracture roughness for numerical models

Enlin Ma, Mikael Rinne, Masoud Torkan, Mateusz Janiszewski 2023 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Unfolding the dynamics of free-falling folded chain : Experiments and simulations

Athanasios A. Markou, Djebar Baroudi, Qiang Cheng, Hadi Bordbar 2023 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NON-LINEAR MECHANICS

Evaluation of surface roughness of rock-like joints using close range photogrammetry method

Amir Hossein Momeni, Masoud Torkan, Amin Azhari, Lauri Uotinen, Alireza Baghbanan 2023 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Low temperature performances of fiber-reinforced asphalt mixtures for surface, binder, and base layers

Chiara Riccardi, Irune Indacoechea, Di Wang, Pedro Lastra-González, Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Daniel Castro-Fresno 2023 Cold Regions Science and Technology

Effect of anisotropy of fracture surface on fluid flow

Masoud Torkan, AMIR Hosseini Khorasgani , Lauri Uotinen, Alireza Baghbanan, Mikael Rinne 2023 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Professori (Associate professor)
T214 Civil Engineering
Wojciech Solowski

Wojciech Solowski

Associate Professor
T214 Civil Engineering

Anna Antonova

Postdoctoral Researcher
T214 Civil Engineering

Luis Huaman

Doctoral Researcher
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