Division of Solid Mechanics (SOLMEK)

Mechanics is one of the fundamentals of engineering science. It deals with motion and equilibrium of bodies. Solid mechanics considers all aspects of the behavior of deformable bodies under loads.


Our teaching includes basic mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, as well as basic solid mechanics. We also offer a large number of advanced courses in, for instance, continuum mechanics, finite element methods, mechanics of materials, multibody dynamics, structural optimization and biomechanics.

Do you have a thesis project at a company?

If you have a thesis project at a company and need an academic supervisor and examiner in the fields of Mechanics or Solid Mechanics, contact professor
Jonas Stålhand, jonas.stalhand@liu.se


The interests of the Division of Solid Mechanics include theoretical and computational aspects of continuum mechanics, structural mechanics, multibody dynamics and thermodynamics. In particular, research is performed in the subfields of structural optimization, biomechanics, structural integrity of air vehicles and high temperature mechanics.

Recent publications


Maicon Ribeiro Correa, Carl-Johan Thore, Roberto Federico Ausas, Stefan Jakobsson, Geovane Augusto Haveroth, Jose Alberto Cuminato (2024) A transient thermoelastic mathematical model for topology optimization of support structures in additive manufacturing Structural and multidisciplinary optimization (Print), Vol. 67, Article 35 Continue to DOI
Thomas Lindström, Daniel Nilsson, Kjell Simonsson, Robert Eriksson, Jan-Erik Lundgren, Daniel Leidermark (2024) Constitutive model of an additively manufactured combustor material at high-temperature load conditions Materials at High Temperature Continue to DOI
Zlatan Kapidzic (2024) Finite element modeling of quasi-static failure of aluminum joints with titanium bolts and liquid shim Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 159, Article 108083 Continue to DOI

News and calendar


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Skiing becomes pure mechanics in his research

How do a skier's movements work? Which technique is the best? Biomechanics researcher Joakim Holmberg has studied this. Using mathematical calculations, he was able to follow how the force was distributed for each push of the ski poles.

Autumn at the Campus Valla and bikes.

Research at IEI holds a high standard

Stanford University has recently released an updated list of the top two percent most cited researchers globally, and it is gratifying to note that once again, several distinguished researchers from IEI are represented on the list.

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IEI researchers among the world´s most cited

Stanford University has recently published an update of the list of the two percent most cited scientists in the world. And again several researchers at IEI are on the list.