Structural Mechanics

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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The Division of Structural Mechanics is a part of the Department of Building Sciences and is pursueing undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as research in a variety of areas:

Computational Methods FEM

The research within the area of computational methods relates to the use of finite elements in structural analysis and constitutive modelling.

The research includes areas like:

  • Stochastic finite element analysis
  • Fracture mechanics analysis
  • Solution methods in fluid-structure interaction
  • Visualization techinques

The research group has access to elaborate computer resources through the Center for Scientific and Technical Computing at Lund University. Both graduate and post-graduate courses in finite elements are offered.

Constitutive Modelling

In the area of constitutive modelling a number of materials and phenomena are considered:

  • Simulation of temperature and cracking in hardening concrete
  • Numerical modelling of hyper-elastic materials with application to rubber
  • Fracture mechanics of wood, timber, adhesive joints and paper
  • Mechanical properties of the microstructure of wood
  • Deformation performance and cracking in timber drying
  • Adhesive and mechanical joints
  • Glued laminated timber and finger-joints
  • Glass-fibre reinforced wood
  • Long-term loading of wooden members
  • Shape stability of timber
  • Network mechanics of cellulose fibre materials
  • Dynamics of packages
  • A graduate course in mechanics of materials is offered, as well as a post graduate course in contiuum mechanics.

Structural Mechanics

The Division of Structural Mechanics is involved in research within areas like:

  • Load bearing capacity of structural members and joints
  • Interior vehicle noise
  • Vibration of poping systems
  • Sound transmission of lightweight structures
  • Analysis of rubber components

Graduate courses in frame and truss analysis, beam theory and structural dynamics are offered.

Mechanical Testing

The Division of Structural Mechanics has access to advanced equipment for physical validation of computer models through laboratory tests and identification of material parameters.

The equipment includes a bi-axial testing machine, especially designed for fracture mechanics of solid materials and adhesive bonds, equipped with a contact free measurement device.

Also, a standard servo-hydraulic, closed-loop, uniaxial testing machine and loading devices (60) for long-term testing of structural components under varying climate conditions (outdoor sheltered) are available.



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