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.
Otaniemi reseach tunnel, sprayed concrete on tunnel wall
Otaniemi Reseach Tunnel

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

Multiple discrete crack initiation and propagation in Material Point Method

Tito Adibaskoro, Stéphane Bordas, Wojciech T. Sołowski, Simo Hostikka 2024 Engineering Fracture Mechanics

Analysing entrapped pores in concrete via x-ray computed tomography : Influence of workability and compaction time

Hassan Ahmed, Jukka Kuva, Jouni Punkki 2024 Construction and Building Materials

Stiffness and Strength of an Artificially Cemented Waste-PET-Shred Reinforced Clay

Shivan Jalal Ali, Abdullah Ekinci, Anoosheh Iravanian 2024 Iranian Journal of Science and Technology - Transactions of Civil Engineering

First- and Second-Order Reliability Analysis of Rainfall-Induced Kotropi Slope Failure

B. Munwar Basha, Ammavajjala Sesha Sai Raghuram 2024 Indian Geotechnical Journal

Carbon Sequestration Capacity of Stabilized Soft Clays with Recycled Binders

Bruk Belay Dejenie, Ammavajjala Sesha Sai Raghuram, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu, Juha Forsman, Henry Gustavsson 2024 GEOTECHNICAL TESTING JOURNAL

3D dataset of a twisted bending-active beam element digitized using structure-from-motion photogrammetry

Mateusz Janiszewski, Serenay Elmas, Athanasios A. Markou, Joonas Jaaranen, Günther H. Filz 2024 Data in Brief

Artificial intelligence approach for linking competences in nuclear field

Vincent Kuo, Günther H. Filz, Jussi Leveinen 2024 Nuclear Engineering and Technology

Carbon emissions quantification and different models comparison throughout the life cycle of asphalt pavements

Qi Liu, Xiaoying Yi, Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Di Wang, Bin Yu, Shuying Qin 2024 Construction and Building Materials
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal

Research group members

Wojciech Solowski

Wojciech Solowski

Associate Professor
T214 Civil Engineering

Anna Antonova

Postdoctoral Researcher
T214 Civil Engineering

Hakimeh Koochi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kateryna Krayushkina

Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Ying MA

Project Employee
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