Research at the Department of Structural Engineering is primarily tied to experimental testing in well-equipped laboratories and numerical (program controlled) simulations. Our strength lies in the combination of these, while our theoretical foundation is mechanics. Research and development encompass the following disciplines and fields:

  • concrete structures
  • concrete technology
  • biomechanics
  • fracture mechanics and fatigue
  • structural dynamics
  • steel and light matal structures
  • nanomechanics
  • numerical modeling and simulations
  • software development
  • impact and energy absorption
  • timber structures

Large projects and programmes

  • Norlight - Crashworthiness of Light-Weight Automotive Structures
  • RESIA – Residual Stress Simulation for Integrity Assessment
  • HISC – Hydro Induced Stress Cracking


The department is heavily involved in two Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI):

SIMLab, the Structural Impact Laboratory, is hosted and managed by the department.

COIN, the Concrete Innovation Centre, is managed be through SINTEF, but with strong participation from the department.