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

3D Simulations of Deep Mixed Columns under Road Embankment

Ayman Abed, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu, Juha Forsman, Kirsi Koivisto 2021 Rakenteiden Mekaniikka - Journal of Structural Mechanics

Effect of the roughness of steel fibre surface on its wettability and the cement paste close to fibre surface

Anna Antonova, Marika Eik, Ville Jokinen, Jari Puttonen 2021 Construction and Building Materials

Hydro-mechanical behavior from small strain to failure of tuffs amended with dune sand - application to pavements design in Saharan areas

Elhadj Guesmia DAHEUR, Said TAIBI, Idriss GOUAL, Zhongsen Li 2021 Construction and Building Materials

Cfritical studies in support of the ageing management of NPP concrete infrastructure (CONAGE)

Miguel Ferreira, Fahim Al-Neshawy, Edgar Bohner, Esko Sistonen, Elina Huttunen-Saarivirta 2021 SAFIR2022 - The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2019-2022

Experimental investigation on the use of selenice natural bitumen as an additive for pavement materials

Chichun Hu, Yucan Mai, Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Edith Tartari 2021 Materials

Visualization of 3D rock mass properties in underground tunnels using extended reality

Mateusz Janiszewski, Lauri Uotinen, Martyna Szydlowska, Henri Munukka, Jiang Dong 2021 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Comparison of dfn modelled microfracture systems with petrophysical data in excavation damaged zone

Risto Kiuru, Dorka Király, Gergely Dabi, Lars Jacobsson 2021 Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

The effect of stress path on the dilatation angle of soils

Osmo Korhonen, Matti Lojander, Monica Löfman, Mirva Koskinen, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 2021 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Bending behavior of octet-truss lattice structures : Modelling options, numerical characterization and experimental validation

N. Korshunova, G. Alaimo, S. B. Hosseini, M. Carraturo, A. Reali, J. Niiranen, F. Auricchio, E. Rank, S. Kollmannsberger 2021 Materials and Design

Modelling of shear zones during quasi-static granular silo flow using material point method (MPM)

J. Krzyzanowski, J. Tejchman, Wojciech Tomasz Sołowski, Marcin Wójcik 2021 Powder Technology
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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