The Department of Construction Sciences pursues research and education within Structural Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Solid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics. Lunarc, the Center for Scientific and Technical Computing at Lund University is also a part of the department.
Structural Mechanics develops methods and theories that are important for designing structures in a way that meets requirements regarding strength, deformations, vibrations and durability. Statically and dynamically loaded structures of different materials, such as wood, concrete, glass, soil and rubber, are studied through experiments and numerical calculation and simulation methods, including the finite element method. Keywords: structural mechanics, computational mechanics, method development, finite element method, experiments, structures, buildings, strength, deformations, vibrations.
Geotechnical engineering includes soil and rock mechanics. The mechanical properties of different types of soil and rock material are studied experimentally and are theoretically formulated. Examples of applications are analysis of bearing capacity, settlements and vibrations, as well as studies of issues related to foundation, soil stabilisation, retaining structures and structure/soil interaction. Keywords: soil mechanics, material modelling, geostructures, experiments, finite elements, numerical methods
Solid Mechanics develops methods and theories for determining deformations, stresses and different fracture phenomena for solid bodies. Great emphasis is placed on development of fundamental models. Keywords: material modelling, numerical methods, finite element method, fracture mechanics, fibre mechanics, anisotopy, phase transformations, large deformations
Lunarc is the center for scientific and technical computing at Lund University. The center provides computational resources for academia in Sweden within all aspects of computational science. Lunarc has been in operation since 1986. As of 2003, the services are synchronized with five other centers within the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SNIC.
Acoustics is about sound: how it arises, spreads and is perceived. Engineering Acoustics is primarily adressing sound in the built environment; room acoustics (to design rooms with good sound characteristics), structural acoustics (sound and vibrations in solid structures) and psychoacoustics. Often it is about noise reduction, but also to amplify and refine sound. Environmental and traffic noise are also important areas. Keywords: building Acoustics, wood construction, sound insulation, impact sound, sound absorption