At the Department of Construction Sciences, courses are given for the programmes in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying and the Construction programme in Helsingborg.
Research is made in the following areas:
Building Science applies a holistic perspective to the structural design of buildings. The importance of the design of a building for its energy use, load-bearing capacity, durability, safety and indoor climate is studied, as well as the interaction between them. Glass as a load-bearing construction, its effect on energy use and temperature are central issues.
Keywords: power requirement, use of solar radiation, sun blinds, windows, glass constructions, load-bearing capacity, durability, fibre-reinforced plastics, energy use, thermal comfort
Construction Management aims to educate people in the management of building projects, from planning to construction and administration. A holistic approach is thus applied to the construction process. Important research areas are: project management, resource management, innovation/change, production engineering and the construction process.
Keywords: project management, resource management, innovation/change, production engineering and the construction process, computer-assisted development of knowledge
In Design Methodology, teaching and research in issues concerned with the building process are carried out, especially planning, in other words the process of designing the building. The areas studied are CAD for architectural and structural design, IT for communication, industrial building of houses and management and cooperation in the building process.
Keywords: CAD, ICT, design methods, building classification, industrial construction, projects
Acoustics is the science of sound: how it originates, propagates and is perceived. The department of Engineering Acoustics is mostly concerned with sound and noise in the built environment: room acoustics (designing a room with good acoustic properties), structural acoustics (noise and vibration in fixed structures) and psychoacoustics. Engineering acoustics is often concerned with noise reduction, but also amplification and refinement of good sound. Traffic noise and noise in public places are also studied.
Keywords: building acoustics, timber buildings, soundproofing, sound absorption
The Division of Solid Mechanics is engaged in teaching and research in material modelling, biomechanics and fracture mechanics. Numeric methods, such as the finite element method (FEM) are of great importance in our research.
Keywords: material modelling, fracture mechanics, FEM
Structural Mechanics is a basic subject in which knowledge on mechanics, i.e. the laws of motion of solid bodies, is a prerequisite in order to be able to design buildings and other structures (houses, bridges, cars, etc.) so that they are strong and durable. Statically and dynamically loaded structures made of different materials and combinations of materials, e.g. wood, concrete, rubber and sound insulation material, are studied using computerized methods and simulation models, for example, the finite element method. Such methods and models are also developed.
Keywords: design, structures, structural mechanics, computational methods, finite element method, FEM, strength