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


New NTNU professor on safety and protection

A new professorship has been established at SIMLab, starting on January 1st 2012. The position shall contribute to research within testing, modelling and analyses of components and structures subjected to extreme loads from impact and blast loading caused by accidents in the industry, natural hazards and terrorist acts etc. In this context, a basic understanding of the interaction between the response of the material and geometry of the structure is a key issue.

The professorship has been appointed to Tore Børvik, previously Adjunct Professor at SIMLab. The professorship is partly financed by the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (Norwegian: Forsvarsbygg) for three years.

Safer with light metals

A cheap and simple structure made of aluminium can mean the difference between life and death the day that bombs go off. One of SIMLab's research projects is developing aluminium structures for protection against impacts, projectiles and explosions. "We have developed a light, cheap and flexible solution to protect buildings, ammunition magazines and containers", says SIMLab Director, Professor Magnus Langseth.
Read GEMINI article: Safer with light metals

Testing guardrails daily and virtually

Testing crash barriers in full scale is a particularly expensive and time intensive undertaking. Barriers must be designed, produced, mounted, and finally tested with various vehicles. But at SIMLAB, new virtual tests of crash barriers are being developed. This may make it possible to undertake 50 fullscale tests instead of a meager one or two. Virtual tests can save Norway large sums and result in fewer traffic injuries and fatalities. Contact: Henning Fransplass.
Read GEMINI article Simlulerer autovern

Trønder impact

Audi magazineWhy is Audi looking to Trondheim as they switch out time-intensive and costly crash testing with computer simulations?  Because it makes for safer cars.  Professor Magnus Langseth maintains that he knows little about cars, but he does know a lot about how things handle impact. For three years Professor Magnus Langseth and his SIMLab research team at NTNU in Trondheim have cooperated with Audi to develop advanced software tools. The Norwegian project will make it possible to cut costly prototypes when a new vehicle model is developed. The goal is for computer simulations to replace expensive full scale collision testing. (Audi magasinet 01/2010). 

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. " 

Top models on a diet

GEMINI coverCars have put on quite a lot of weight over the last decades, and need to lose weightEuropean carmakers are getting Norwegian help with their diets. Heavy cars damage the environment more than light-weight cars, and Audi is slimming down their models with help from Trondheim. (GEMINI article in Norwegian

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:

SIMLab on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel logoSIMLab's research is showcased on Discovery Channel on December 15th at 22.00. As a part of the TV series MegaWorld, Director Magnus Langseth and Professor Tore Børvik are interviewed and several tests are shown in detail.

Tune in on Discovery Channel on Thursday the 15th at 22.00.

MegaWorld is a Discovery Channel Canada production that focuses on achievements in science and engineering. In 2010 an episode focusing on Norway was filmed and airs on Discovery Channel all over the world. In addition to SIMLab, this episode also presents CHC Helicopters in Stavanger, Moxy Doosan Dump Trucks in Elnesvågen, Ski Flying Hill in Vikersund, The Ulstein X-bow in Ulsteinvik, Eker Design in Fredrikstad and Nammo Explosives in Raufoss.


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.

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Professor Øystein Grong awarded

Photo of Øystein GrongProfessor Øystein Grong has been awarded the prestigious international Comfort A. Adams Memorial Award for 2011, presented by the American Welding Society (AWS). Øystein Grong received the price at the FABTECH conference in Chicago in November. He also gave a lecture at the conference titled "Recent Advances in Solid State Joining of Aluminium". This lecture will later be in print in the Welding Journal, published by AWS.

Professor Øystein Grong was awarded for the development of the Hybrid Metal Extrusion and Bonding Method (HYB). 

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.

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!


SIMLab Annual report 2012

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

SIMLaB - Annual Report 2013SIMLab Annual Report 2013

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SIMLaB - Annual Report 2012SIMLab Annual Report 2012

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SIMLaB - Annual Report 2011SIMLab Annual Report 2011

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SIMLab Annual Report 2010SIMLab Annual Report 2010

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SIMLab Annual Report 2009 SIMLab Annual Report 2009
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SIMLab Annual Report 2008
Annual report 2008
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SIMLab Annual Report 2007
SIMLab Annual Report 2007
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