Division for Structures, Materials and Geotechnics

  • Thomas Manns Vej 23

    9220 Aalborg Ø


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Head of division
Lene Faber

The division is organized in 4 research groups

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
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
Inspection Engineering & Materials Science
Timber Engineering & Materials Science
Sand Engineering & Materials Science
Costs Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2001 2021

Research Output 1982 2020

Fatigue reliability of large monopiles for offshore wind turbines

Velarde, J., Sørensen, J. D., Kramhøft, C. & Zorzi, G., 2020, In : International Journal of Fatigue. 134, May 2020, 105487.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Offshore wind turbines
Wind Turbine
Fatigue of materials

Pitfalls of the Tender Process within Danish Municipalities

Wyke, S. C. S., Veile, J., Svidt, K. & Ussing, L. F., Jan 2020, (Submitted) Proceeding of the International Group of Lean Construction.

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

The Mediality of Sugar

Fisker, A. M. & Tvedebrink, T. D. O., 2020, (Submitted) ?. Bern: Universität Bern, Philosophisch-historische Fakultät, Department of English Languages and Literatures , 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Forsknings- og udviklingspris 2019 NVF Vejteknologi

Dansani Vasanthan Muttuvelu (Recipient), 27 May 2019

Prize: Other prizes

Research and development price 2019 for pavement technology

Dansani Vasanthan Muttuvelu (Recipient), 27 May 2019

Prize: Other prizes

Teacher of the Year 2017 at the Study Committee of Civil Engineering

Johan Christian Clausen (Recipient), 30 Jun 2017

Prize: Educational prizes

university teacher

Activities 1984 2019

Cyclic CPT Measurements of Disturbed Soil State

Aleksandra Katarzyna Koteras (Lecturer)
13 Dec 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Risk-informed reliability requirements for lifetime extension

Jannie Sønderkær Nielsen (Lecturer)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Load-bearing gypsum structural explorations

Dario Parigi (Participant), Marco Nicola (Organizer), Admir Masic (Organizer)
8 Jul 20199 Jul 2019

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

Når en strandspand bliver voksen

Lars Bo Ibsen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media