Division for Structures, Materials and Geotechnics

  • Thomas Manns Vej 23

    9220 Aalborg Ø


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Head of division
Lene Faber

The subject area of the division includes both theoretical, mechanical modelling and experimental characterization of structures and structural materials.

The research includes analyses of complex, load-bearing structures such as offshore structures, wind turbines, shell structures and large bridges. Analyses are carried out for complete structures, for structural details such as joints, and at the micro level for the materials used in these applications. Examples of specific research projects are listed below:

  • Analysis of structures subject to static and dynamic loads, which may be stochastic including human induced loads.
  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue of e.g. wood concrete, steel, composites and material interfaces
  • Constitutive modelling of structural materials for implementation in efficient numerical methods such as the finite element method
  • Fluid-structure interaction for the modelling of wind induced loads on wind turbines, large bridges and buildings including the modelling of extreme loads.
  • Modelling of materials and material instabilities with emphasis on materials with microstructure such as concrete, fibre reinforced concrete, wood, fibre reinforced polymer composites.
  • Structures and materials under influence of fire including spalling of high-strength concrete.
  • Static and dynamic stability of structures including the influence of geometrical imperfections
  • Rational, reliability based planning of inspection and maintenance strategies, assessment of the safety of existing structures and establishment of a probabilistic design basis for sea based wind turbines, large bridges and offshore structures.
  • Monitoring and modal analysis of structures.
  • Technology for high-performance concrete.
  • Durability of concrete and wood structures including studies of degradation mechanisms.

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Offshore wind turbines Engineering & Materials Science
Wind turbines Engineering & Materials Science
Fatigue of materials Engineering & Materials Science
Inspection Engineering & Materials Science
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
Timber Engineering & Materials Science
Turbomachine blades Engineering & Materials Science
Costs Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2000 2021

Skolernes Indeklima

Parigi, D.


Project: Research

Towards Acoustic Informed Design

Skov, R.


Project: Research

Research Output 1982 2019

A Bayesian network based approach for integration of condition-based maintenance in strategic offshore wind farm O&M simulation models

Nielsen, J. S., Sørensen, J. D., Sperstad, I. B. & Welte, T., 2019, Life-Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering: Towards an Integrated Vision: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2018). Caspeele, R., Taerwe, L. & Frangopol, D. M. (eds.). CRC Press, p. 2153-2160

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

Offshore wind farms
Bayesian networks
Probability distributions
Wind turbines

A deformation (strain) envelope for cyclic disturbed sand

Sabaliauskas, T. & Ibsen, L. B., 2019, (Submitted) In : Soils & Foundations.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Advances in free-form Reciprocal Structures: Computational Tools for Design and Fabrication

Parigi, D., 2019, Parametric Reciprocal Structures: Workshop of Design and Fabrication. Figueiredo, B. & J.S. Cruz, P. (eds.).

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearch



Arbejdsmiljøprisen 2014

Benjaminn Nordahl Nielsen (Recipient), 18 May 2015

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Esbjerg Universitetspris til Ph. d. studerende

Martin Dalgaard Ulriksen (Recipient), 17 Nov 2014

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Forsknings- og udviklingspris 2019 NVF Vejteknologi

Dansani Vasanthan Muttuvelu (Recipient), 27 May 2019

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Activities 1984 2019

13th International Design Conference

Jeppe Mogensen (Speaker)
21 May 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

1st European Conference on BIM and Energy Performance of Buildings

Ekaterina Aleksandrova Petrova (Participant)
25 Jun 2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

1st Multidisciplinary Summer School on Design as Inquiry

Sunna Hermanssdottir (Participant)
3 Sep 20127 Sep 2012

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Press / Media

Byggebranchen lider på trods af byggeboom

Lene Faber Ussing


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Leder: Vi må tage en tudekiks

Lene Faber Ussing


3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Forsker om sydeuropæisk dominans: Italienere kan også konkurrere på kvalitet

Lene Faber Ussing


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media