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Division of structures, materials and geotechnics

About the division

About the division

The subject area of the division includes both theoretical, mechanical modelling and experimental characterization of structures and structural materials.

The research includes analyses of complex, load-bearing structures such as offshore structures, wind turbines, shell structures and large bridges. Analyses are carried out for complete structures, for structural details such as joints, and at the micro level for the materials used in these applications.  

Research groups

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    Advanced Structural Engineering

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    Construction Management

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    Danish Centre for Risk and Safety Management

    Danish Centre for Risk and Safety Management is a co-operation between University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University Esbjerg that will put Esbjerg in play as the leading part in research of safety and risk assessment. In 2013, the first class with 25 students is expected to begin the Centre’s Master’s degree programme and thereby become educated, qualified work power with in safety and risk assessment for the companies in the Esbjerg area. Visit the website for the research group.
     

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    Geotechnical Engineering

    The research of the group concerns the geotechnical and hydraulic aspects related to offshore wind turbines, in particular regarding the design and development of foundations and models for the determination of forces from ocean waves and current. The research is based on a combination of computational models and physical models in the laboratory and in the field. Research also focuses on research activities of the group is the wish to contribute to a better understanding and modelling of such phenomena as scour and sedimentation, debris flow, wave impact on structures, large deformations in saturated granular materials and liquefaction.

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    Reliability and Risk Analysis

    We focus on rational and sustainable decision-making for engineering structures such as buildings, bridges, offshore structures and renewable energy structures, with specific focus on wind energy structures.

    Our research covers a broad range from theory to applications in the area of reliability-based and risk-informed methods for design, assessment, and planning of inspections and operation & maintenance. This includes methodologies and tools for probabilistic modelling of loads and resistances, inspections and monitoring, propagation of uncertainties, and estimation of reliabilities.
     

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