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

Experimental dataset for the macro-scale compression of Norway Spruce perpendicular to grain direction

Tito Adibaskoro, Wojciech Sołowski, Simo Hostikka 2022 Data in Brief

Observational method applied to the decision optimizing of foundation method in Kujala Interchange on silty clay subsoil

Monica Löfman, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2022 Advances in Transportation Geotechnics IV - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics Volume 3

Multi-Surfaced Elasto-Plastic Wood Material Model in Material Point Method

Tito Adibaskoro, Wojciech Tomasz Sołowski, Simo Hostikka 2022 International Journal of Solids and Structures

Microstructural behaviour of quarry fines stabilised with fly ash-based binder

Yinning Zhang, Amandine Miksic, Daniel Castillo Betancourt, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2022 Road Materials and Pavement Design

Multi-patch variational differential quadrature method for shear-deformable strain gradient plates

Jalal Torabi, Jarkko Niiranen, Reza Ansari 2022 International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering

Failure analysis and treatments of a loess tunnel being constructed in ground fissure area

Enlin Ma, Jinxing Lai, Shuoshuo Xu, Xinghao Shi, Jian Zhang, Yujian Zhong 2022 ENGINEERING FAILURE ANALYSIS

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

Compressibility and shear strength of a tropical fibrous peat

Z. S. Li, W. Rahayu, H. Souli, B. S. Soepandji, J. M. Fleureau 2022 Geotechnique Letters

Industry Survey on the Current State of Stope Design Methods in the Underground Mining Sector

Mateusz Janiszewski, Sebastian Pontow, Mikael Rinne 2022 Energies

Recommendation of RILEM TC 264 RAP on the evaluation of asphalt recycling agents for hot mix asphalt

Martin Hugener, Di Wang, Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Laurent Porot, Patricia Kara De Maeijer, Marko Orešković, Margarida Sa-da-Costa, Hassan Tabatabaee, Edoardo Bocci, Atsushi Kawakami, Bernhard Hofko, Andrea Grilli, Emiliano Pasquini, Marco Pasetto, Huachun Zhai, Hilde Soenen, Wim Van den bergh, Fabrizio Cardone, Alan Carter, Kamilla Vasconcelos, Xavier Carbonneau, Aurelie Lorserie, Goran Mladenović, Tomas Koudelka, Pavel Coufalik, Runhua Zhang, Eshan Dave, Gabriele Tebaldi 2022 Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions
More information on our research in the Research database.
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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

Doctoral Candidate
T214 Civil Engineering

Risto Kiuru


Jalal Torabi

Postdoctoral Researcher
T214 Civil Engineering
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