Meet some of our Civil and Environmental researchers

Mohammad Al Emrani, Associate Professor, leader of Steel and Timber Structures research group

 
Research within Steel and Timber Structures is currently focused on two areas, the first of which is FRP/composite materials for building structures.  These are used both for the reinforcement and repair of existing structures and in the construction of new bridges made entirely from composite materials. The second research area is steel structures with applications in advanced assessment methods and innovative bridge elements and production methods.
 
- Much of the research that's being done nationally around steel and FRP is being conducted here at Chalmers, and we have a strong research team, at international level too. Read the complete interview with Mohammad Al Emrani here
 

Minna Karstunen, Professor, leader of the Geotechnical Engineering Research group

 
The core of the research of the Geotechnics group is “constitutive modelling of geomaterials”, which means modelling the complex material response under arbitrary stress paths. The research group is doing experimental testing, developing their own models, implementing those models into numerical codes and applying them on real problems.
 
-    Sometimes we can even validate our models with field measurements, so we are basically covering the whole range from testing to applications. In terms of experiments we develop our own equipment, so you can say that even though we do some conventional soil testing, we mainly do non-standard testing, really probing the soil response. Read the complete interview with Minna Karstunen here
 

Tang Luping, Professor, leader of the Building Materials research group

 
Historically, Tang Luping and his research group have focused heavily on defensive research, such as the performance of concrete, and are international leaders in the field.
 
- My research on performance under the influence of chloride ions found in sea salt and road salt has resulted in a standard method for testing the performance of concrete. Read the complete interview with Tang Luping here
 

Angela Sasic Kalagasidis, Associate Professor, leader of Building Physics modelling research group 

 
The research being conducted in the field of building physics aims to gain an insight into basic physical processes associated with the transportation of heat, moisture and air, and energy consumption in order to keep materials hot, cold or dry. It is important to understand these connections because they affect the performance of materials and energy consumption in our environments.
 
- We develop tools based on existing problems and requirements. Once our detailed models are complete, we will have a new understanding which will help us simplify and develop tools which are suitable for everyday engineering activities.  Read the complete interview with Angela Sasic Kalagasidis here

Published: Mon 11 Apr 2016.