Activities archive

Selected activities from previous years, including awards, keynote and guest lectures, exchanges and and media coverage.

2011 - 2012 SIMLab activities brief
2010 - 2011 SIMLab activities brief
2009 - 2010 SIMLab activities brief
2008 - 2009 SIMLab activities brief
2007 - 2008 SIMLab activities brief


Selected press clippings

Improving the best

PhDs at SIMLab

In Trondheim, Norway, a truly international group of researchers are busily working on their PhD theses. In doing so, they are helping some of the world's leading industrial players improve their performance. This leaflet gives you a chance to meet them! Enjoy!

Awards 2009

Øystein Grong Technology PrizeProfessor Øystein Grong was awarded the NTNU and SINTEF technological prize for 2009. He was also awarded the Cook/Ablett-prize for 2009 by the Institute of Minerals & Mining, UK. 

Professor Magnus Langseth was honoured with the title of "Docteur Honoris Causa" at the Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis in September 2009. " 

Recent Awards

Tore BørvikSIMLab Professor Tore Børvik, with co-authors M.J. Forrestal and T.L. Warren, have received the 2012 Peterson Award for the paper "Perforation of 5083-H116 Aluminum Armor Plates with Ogive-Nose Rods and 7.62 mm APM2 Bullets," Borvik, T, Forrestal, MJ, Warren, TL, Experimental Mechanics Vol 50(7), 969-978, 2010. The Chair at SEM Honors Committee announces:

"The Peterson Award is given for the Best Applications Paper published in Experimental Mechanics in a two-year period; in this case, for the period 2009-2010. Your paper was selected by the SEM Honors Committee from amongst a group of three outstanding papers nominated for this award by the Experimental Mechanics Editorial Board. The selection of your paper is a well-deserved public recognition by your professional peers of the quality and thoroughness of the approach that you took to this highly challenging problem."

The whole announcement can be read here: Announcement 2012 Peterson Award (pdf)
The paper can be found here:
Previous award recipients are listed here:


Feature article in Dagens Næringsliv

Facsimile - Dagens NæringslivAnne Serine Ognedal, PhD candidate at SIMLab, has written a feature article that was published in Dagens Næringsliv on June 1st. The article deals with the use of computer simulations in the car industry.

Click to download pdf


SIMLab Annual report 2012

The annual report for 2012 is now available. Download the report to read about last year's activities at SIMLab!


Utlysning av nye sentre for forskningsdrevet innovasjon

En av SFI-suksessene er SIMLab ved NTNU, her med datasimulert bil og kollisjonsdukke. (Illustrasjon: SIMlab)Norges forskningsråd har besluttet å lyse ut nye sentre for forskningsdrevet innovasjon. SFI SIMLab trekkes  frem som et eksempel på en vellykket SFI. Vi setter stor pris på anerkjennelsen.

Les hele saken på forskningsrådets sider.


SIMLab’s annual Board meeting 2013

SIMLab's annual board meeting and seminar was hosted by Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products in Bonn, Germany on 6 and 7 May 2013. Thanks to Hydro for the hospitality and to all the participants for a fruitful seminar.

The seminar venue at Hydro in Bonn. Photo: Max Malsch
The seminar venue at Hydro in Bonn.

Magnus Langseth presenting the Annual Report for 2012. Photo: Max Malsch
Magnus Langseth presenting the Annual Report for 2012.

The seminar participants. Photo: Max Malsch
The seminar participants.

SIMLab Board members. Photo: Max Malsch
SIMLab Board members. From left: Tore Tryland, Rudie Spooren, Arjan Strating, Trond Furu, Tsukatada Mastumoto, Eric Vaillant, Per Kr. Larsen, Helge Langberg, Astrid Vigtil, Magnus Langseth, Thorsten Rolf, Karl Vincent Høiseth, Henning Fransplass.

All photos: Max Malsch


Professor Torger Reve på besøk hos SIMLab

Torger Reve, professor i strategi og industriell konkurranseevne ved Handelshøyskolen BI, besøkte SIMLab den 28. mai 2013. Reve deltok i diskusjoner med SIMLabs ledelse og holdt i tillegg en gjesteforelesning for ansatte ved Institutt for konstruksjonsteknikk, NTNU. 

Utgangspunktet for Reves besøk var arbeidet hans med boken "Et kunnskapsbasert Norge" som ble utgitt i forbindelse med et stort forskningsprosjekt med samme navn.
Les mer om prosjektet her:

Vi takker Torger Reve for gode innspill og en engasjerende forelesning.

Professor Torger Reve og professor Magnus Langseth
Fra venstre: Professor Torger Reve og Magnus Langseth

Magnus Langseth og Professor Torger Reve hos SIMLab


SIMLab på forsiden av juni-nummeret av Gemini

Gemini har snakket med professor Tore Børvik, og ph.d. Knut Gaarder Rakvåk ved SFI SIMLab. Saken er på trykk i siste nummer av Gemini og pryder også forsiden av bladet.

Les saken her på Geminis nettsider, og på


Six new PhDs at SIMLab

Six new PhD students are starting at SIMLab this autumn. Four of them as a part of CRI SIMLab and the other two on projects with other external funding. We welcome them to the SIMLab team.

From left: Jens Kristian Holmen, Petter Holmstrøm, Johan Kolstø Sønstabø, Erik Grimsmo, Lars Edvard Dæhli and Arne Ilseng.
From left: Jens Kristian Holmen, Petter Holmstrøm, Johan Kolstø Sønstabø, Erik Grimsmo, Lars Edvard Dæhli and Arne Ilseng.


Jens Kristian Holmen's project has the working title Computer-aided design of lightweight protective structures. He is supervised by professor Tore Børvik.

Petter Holmstrøm's project is titled Modelling of the mechanical behaviour of fibrereinforced polymers. Professor Arild Holm Clausen is supervising Petter.

Johan Kolstø Sønstabø will be studying the Behaviour and modelling of flow drilling screws. Professor Magnus Langseth is the supervisor. The project is funded by Honda R&D USA and is not a part of the CRI.

Erik Grimsmo's project is titled Bolted connections subjected to transient loading conditions. Erik's supervisor is professor Arild Holm Clausen.

Lars Edvard Dæhli is working with Modelling of damage and fracture in aluminium alloy structures. His supervisor is professor Odd Sture Hopperstad.

Arne Ilseng's project is called Behaviour and modelling of elastomers subjected to a wide spectre of pressures and temperatures. Arne's supervisor is professor Arild Holm Clausen. The project is funded by Aker Solutions and is not a part of the CRI.


Computer crash pays off

Facsimile AftenpostenSIMLab was portrayed in an article in Norway's biggest subscription newspaper Aftenposten (The Evening Post) on October 24th 2013. The article presents SIMLab's work with numeric simulations and how this can make Norwegian and European companies more innovative and profitable.

Read the whole article here at Aftenposten.


SIMLab on TV

The SIMLab partners have visited Trondheim in connection with the release of SIMLab Tool Box version 2.0. The Norwegian Broadcating Network NRK visited the seminar on Wednesday November 13. The feature can be seen here:

November 2011

Arild Clausen awarded

Arild Clausen awarded as best educator at Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Norwegian consulting engineering company Norconsult has awarded SIMLab professor Arild Clausen for his teaching abilities. The price is established to draw attention to the need for capable educators. Clausen is honoured for his way of presenting the curriculum. His lectures are always well prepared and he is popular among the students. Read more here:


Hydro Alumium visit

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Aluminium, Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg, visited SIMLab on 18 April. Hans Erik Vatne, Senior Vice President and the new Head of Technology at Hydro, was leading the delegation. The agenda was future challenges in aluminium research and the test facilities available at SIMLab. The visit understates Hydro's interest in SIMLab's work and how Hydro plays a vital role to SIMLab as a partner.

The meeting was also covered by the press. See more here:

Discussions at the kicking machine. From left: Hans Erik Vatne (SVP Norsk Hydro ASA), Svein Richard Brandtzæg (CEO Norsk Hydro ASA), Magnus Langseth (Director of SIMLab). Photo: Ole Morten Melgård

Safety precautions during a test in the compressed air gun. From left: Bjørn Holmedal (Institutt for materialteknologi), Svein Richard Brandtzæg (CEO Norsk Hydro ASA), Hans Erik Vatne (SVP Norsk Hydro ASA). Photo: Ole Morten Melgård


Magnus Langseth elected member of DYMAT Governing Board

Magnus LangsethSIMLab Director, Professor Magnus Langseth, has been elected member of the DYMAT Governing Board. He was elected by the DYMAT General Assembly at the 10th International DYMAT Conference in Freiburg 2-7 September 2012.

The DYMAT Governing Board is directing the DYMAT association – European association for the promotion of research into the dynamic behavior of materials and its applications. DYMAT aims at uniting specialists in the "general field of impact with a particular focus on the study of the mechanical properties of materials at high strain rates, their modeling and associated numerical simulations as well as the applications of this work." ( Among other things, an international conference is held every three years.

Read more about DYMAT here:


Three new Doctors from SIMLab in 2012

2012 has been a truly productive year for SIMLab. Three of SIMLab's ph.d candidates have defended their thesis this year. We congratulate them with their doctor's degree!

Dr. Egil Fagerholt

On March 30th Egil Fagerholt defended his thesis titled Field Measurements in Mechanical Testing Using Close-Range Photogrammetry and Digital Image Analysis. His supervisors were Professor Tore Børvik and Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad. Egil Fagerholt now works as a Postdoc at SIMLab, focusing on further development of the DIC-system from his Ph.d work.

Dr. Egil Fagerholt with the committee and supervisors. From Left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Tore Børvik, Pierre Vacher, François Hild, Egil Fagerholt and Arve Grønsund Hanssen.
Dr. Egil Fagerholt with the committee and supervisors. From Left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Tore Børvik, Pierre Vacher, François Hild, Egil Fagerholt and Arve Grønsund Hanssen.

Dr. Gaute Gruben

Gaute Gruben defended his thesis, Ductile Fracture in Dual-Phase Steel, on October 4th. Gaute Gruben was supervised by Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad and Professor Tore Børvik. Dr. Gruben now has a Postdoc position at SIMLab.

Dr. Gaute Gruben with the committee and supervisors. From left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Norman Jones, Ørjan Fyllingen, Gaute Gruben, Larsgunnar Nilsson, Magnus Langseth and Tore Børvik
Dr. Gaute Gruben with the committee and supervisors. From left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Norman Jones, Ørjan Fyllingen, Gaute Gruben, Larsgunnar Nilsson, Magnus Langseth and Tore Børvik

Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal

Anne Serine Ognedal defended her thesis titled Large-Deformation Behaviour of Thermiplastics at Various Stress Rates on November 15th. Professor Arild Holm Clausen and Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad were Ognedal's supervisors.

Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal with the committee and supervisors. From left: Tore Børvik, Nadia Bahlouli, Arild Holm Clausen, Anne Serine Ognedal, Frode Grytten, Odd Sture Hopperstad and Franck Lauro.
Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal with the committee and supervisors. From left: Tore Børvik, Nadia Bahlouli, Arild Holm Clausen, Anne Serine Ognedal, Frode Grytten, Odd Sture Hopperstad and Franck Lauro.




Acknowledgement from Benteler

Benteler's Anders Artelius, team leader for aluminum technology, understates the value of the collaboration with CRI SIMLab. SIMLab plays an important role in supporting and enhancing Benteler's own aluminium competence. Artelius talked about this at a conference organized by the Norwegian Association for the Packing Industry.
Read more here:

Midway Evaluation of the Centre

The fourteen Centres for Research-Based Innovation (CRI) supported by the Research Council of Norway were evaluated by one-day site visits in October 2010, approximately 3.5 years after they were started and about midway in the planned eight-year programme. The evaluation had two main purposes:

• To form the basis for a decision by the Research Council of Norway about whether to continue financing of
each individual centre for the final three years of the eight-year term.
• To give comment and advice to the centres about their activities and how it should be improved.

Each Centre was evaluated by a team of four experts. Two of them were experts that had the competence to evaluate the Centre from a scientific point of view. Two further "generalists" had experience from similar programmes for university-industry research collaboration. The "generalists" evaluated the management, organization and funding of the Centre, and also its interactions with user partners, in terms of mutual mobility of researchers, transfer of results and stimulation of innovations.

SIMLab was evaluated on 27 October 2010, and the conclusions and recommendations from the panel were as:

SIMLab is characterized by excellent research conducted under dynamic leadership by a group of students and senior scientists that seem to cooperate well both internally and with user partners, from which they receive strong support. The evaluation team encourages the Centre to continue its work along the lines presented in the written report and during the presentation. We recommend:

• That the transfer of results for application in partner industries be enhanced by arranging courses specifically designed for individual partners.
• That the Centre vigorously continue its efforts to ensure continuation after 2014.
• That strong efforts be pursued to engage more women as senior researchers and students in SIMLab activities.
• That the Centre pay some attention to the fact that the present rather informal way of management is effective, but highly dependent on personal contacts.


Based on the evaluation report the Research Council of Norway has approved a prolongation of SIMLab from 2012 to 2014 without requiring any improvements.


SIMLab Annual report 2011

The annual report for 2011 is being printed as we speak. The digital version is available, however. Download the annual report to read about last year's activities. In addition, five of SIMLab's partners have been interviewed, focusing on how SIMLab's work benefits the partners and how the knowledge is transferred.

SIMLaB - Annual Report 2013SIMLab Annual Report 2013

Download pdf - 7MB


SIMLaB - Annual Report 2012SIMLab Annual Report 2012

Download pdf - 5,7MB


SIMLaB - Annual Report 2011SIMLab Annual Report 2011

(2011 pdf - 4MB)


SIMLab Annual Report 2010SIMLab Annual Report 2010

(2010 pdf - 4MB)


SIMLab Annual Report 2009 SIMLab Annual Report 2009
(2009 pdf - 3.5MB)


SIMLab Annual Report 2008
Annual report 2008
(2008 pdf - 5 802KB)

SIMLab Annual Report 2007
SIMLab Annual Report 2007
(2007 pdf - 1 856KB)