Division of Structural Mechanics, Lund University

Research in Structural Mechanics deals with the studies of how complex structures are affected by different loads. Structures studied vary in scale from the smallest wooden cells up to bridges and buildings, and how the characteristics of these scales interact. Our research includes the use and the development of computer based methods such as the finite element method (FEM) and the use and development of methods for mechanical testing. Typical research questions relate to the load bearing capacity of structural elements and joints, including dynamic behaviour such as vibrations and resonance phenomena of structures. The Division of Structural Mechanics has a long tradition and well established expertise in research relating to the modelling and testing of wood-based products and joints, including cross laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and adhesive joints.