Research at Industrial and Materials Science

The department of Industrial and Materials Science conduct research for a prosperous society! Our main competencies are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process from need to finished product, while creating added value.
By combining skills throughout the chain, the department is distinguished both nationally and internationally.
Here we gather internationally competitive researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

Our research ranges from curiosity-based basic research to applied research. To a large extent, research is being conducted with companies within energy, construction, mining, transport, and manufacturing sectors.

The work contributes to Chalmers vision of a sustainable future through new knowledge, methods and tools for safe and healthy workplaces; product development taking the entire life cycle perspective into account (including recycling); new and improved materials; environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and improved performance of production systems. 


The research is conducted in projects within or between the department's six divisions:


​The vision of Division Design & Human Factors​ is that one day, all products, services and work-places will be designed to enable users to live and work in a meaningful and sustainable way.  

We contribute to this vision through:

  • adding to the knowledge about the relation between humans and artefacts, as well as the activity-centred design process
  • developing methods and tools for studying the relationship between human–artefact, as well as for designing and evaluating safe, sustainable and satisfying products, services and workplaces, and
  • disseminating this knowledge and methodology through educating tomorrow’s engineers and through collaboration with societal and industrial partners.

We have developed our expertise on the relationship between humans and technology since mid1970s, and we continuously use it to educate engineers with a user-centred perspective and conduct high-quality research resulting in innovations with real-world impact. Our research is interdisciplinary and is based on behavioural science and design theory, ergonomics/human factors, and theories of complex socio-technical systems.

The division have four profile areas: TSustainable Urban Mobility, Circularity and Sustainable Product Use, Safe and Efficient Human-Machine Systems ,Healthy Work Systems and Ergonomics


 The division of Product Development contributes with new methods and tools for virtual platform-based development of sustainable and robust products as well as product development processes in a lifecycle perspective. Focus is on the manufacturing industry. The scientific basis is derived from design methodology, mechanical engineering, mechanics, statistics, information technology and optimization.

The division works in three research groups: Systems Engineering Design, Geometry Assurance & Robust Design and Machine Elements.


The division of Materials and Computational Mechanics performs studies in material mechanics, calculation mechanics and structural mechanics. Some important issues concern the durability of concrete material, design of steel materials with regard to its microstructure, fatigue properties in railways and wheels, analysis and design of composites, process simulation of composite materials and cutting machining.

The research focuses on five active fields: Building Mechanics, Multi-Phase Materials, Railway Mechanics, Lightweight Materials and Structures, and Production Processes.


The division of Engineering Materials is centered in the relationship between technical materials microstructural construction and their mechanical properties. The dominant research areas are deformation and crimes , both the fatigue and fatigue properties of various processing methods in metals as well as polymeric materials and composites. The experimental counting techniques used are different forms of mechanical testing, non-destructive testing focusing on mathematical modeling in combination with method development, various types of scanning, image analysis, from fractography and more.

The division works in three research groups: Advanced Non-destructive Testing, Materials Technology and Polymer Materials and Composites.


The division of Materials and Manufacture covers the entire value chain from the design, processing and characterization of materials to machining mainly metals. The division uses a number of technologies - powder metallurgy, electroplating, additive manufacturing and material cutting - as well a range of advanced characterization techniques. The work is multidisciplinary by nature and addresses topics that directly affect sustainability.

The division works in three research groups: Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructural Engineering, and Powder and Surface Technology.


The division of Production Systems​ works with sustainability and competitiveness for industrial production systems. The area is system-oriented and requires knowledge of both the system's entirety and its system components, e.g. people, automation and processes. The research highlights the different timescale of a production system's life cycle, i.e. planning, design, deployment, operation, maintenance and reuse. Methods and research results are generic, with applications in different industries, such as the automotive, aerospace, process and mining industries.

The division has four main areas: Virtual and Digital Production Systems, Production Services and Maintenance of Production Systems, Social Sustainability and Ergonomics in Production, and Optimization of Human and Automation Interaction.


Laboratories and facilities

We have excellent laboratories and research facilities, filled with top-class equipment. In addition, we have access to national and international facilities through multidisciplinary collaborations and networks in academia as well as industry. Our research is mainly conducted in laboratories and premises at Campus Johanneberg, but the department is also represented at Campus Lindholmen.


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