Composite elements and hybrid structures

Composite elements and hybrid structures are the youngest research field of the Department of Building Technology. The focus of this research is to combine different building materials (timber, concrete, steel or glass) for the design and dimensioning of sustainable engineering structures, which complements other research fields of the department and brings them together.

Our research

Developing and optimizing of composites are about taking advantage of favorable properties of materials and compensating their weaknesses by the strength of other materials. Timber stands out through its high strength parallel to the grain, lightness, and renewability and concrete though its high compressive strength, durability, and flexibility. The potential of a composite element does not only depend on the combination of materials, but also on the connection between the different materials, which can be archived amongst others with mechanical fasteners or adhesives.

We investigate composite elements and their structural behavior, but also the individual components of composites – material layers and connection methods. Our composite research is marked by a hybrid approach based on experimental investigations and engineering modelling to achieve innovative results and promote composites in research and industry.

The goal of the composite research at Linnaeus University is to develop and optimize composite elements for the use in modern building constructions and thereby contribute to a sustainable development of the building sector.