Background and activities


Leif Rune Hellevik (1967) is a Professor at the Divison of Biomechanics, Department of Structural Engineering.

Since 2011, a primary focus of Hellevik's research has been the development of STARFiSh, which is an acronym for Stochastic Arterial Flow Simulations. In this research code models for pressure and flow waves of blood flow in arterial network  are embedded in a framework which allows for uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis of all model parameters with respect to the model predictions.

NTNU Physiome, headed by Hellevik, is one of the R&D streams organized under NTNU Biotechnology- the Confluence of Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering, which is one of the three enabling technology programmes at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

He is also heading the NTNU intitiative IKTiSU, to promote the use of numerical methods and ICT in general in the enginering education at NTNU from 2013-2015.

Scientific interests

  • biomechanics of the cardiovascular system
  • wave propagation phenomena in the cardiovascular system
  • biomechanical application of fluid-structure interaction approaches
  • mathematical modeling
  • scientific computing


TKT4150 Biomechanics
TKT4140 Numerical Methods for Engineers. Wiki


Master students 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications