I have a PhD in building technology and now work as a postdoc at the department of building technology. During these years, I’ve been engaged in research as well as teaching.
During my years at Linnaeus University, I have taught courses in Construction Mechanics and Detail projecting – Building Construction at the bachelor’s level, and in the Finite Element Method at the master’s level. Every year, I also usually supervise degree projects in various subjects at both bachelor’s and master’s level.
Teaching in higher education to me means that you need double skills, that is, both what and how to teach. I strongly believe that a teacher is not a simple transmitter of established truths, but of conveying the joy of learning, of inspiring students to think critically about the teaching-learning process, and of creating an encouraging and supportive environment for students.
My research is devoted to improve machine strength grading of structural timber. One of the most important properties that determine strength, stiffness and shape stability of sawn timber is fibre direction within it. My studies are therefore focused on fibre directions and local bending stiffness related to knots in sawn timber. The work has included laboratory investigations of local material directions by laser scanning as well as Computer tomography (CT) X-ray scanning, mathematical modeling for fibre directions of the interior of boards. The work also included three-dimensional (3D) finite element models of individual boards for the mechanical behavior, and analysis of mechanical response of boards based on experiments and based on the suggested models.
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Lukacevic, M., Kandler, G., Hu, M., Olsson, A., Füssl, J. (2019). A 3D model for knots and related fiber deviations in sawn timber for prediction of mechanical properties of boards. Materials & design. 166. 1-18.
- Hu, M., Olsson, A., Johansson, M., Oscarsson, J. (2018). Modelling local bending stiffness based on fibre orientation in sawn timber. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. 76. 1605-1621.
- Briggert, A., Hu, M., Olsson, A., Oscarsson, J. (2018). Tracheid effect scanning and evaluation of in-plane and out-of-plane fibre direction in Norway spruce using. Wood and Fiber Science. 50. 411-429.
- Hu, M., Briggert, A., Olsson, A., Johansson, M., Oscarsson, J., et al. (2018). Growth layer and fibre orientation around knots in Norway spruce : a laboratory investigation. Wood Science and Technology. 52. 7-27.
- Hu, M., Olsson, A., Johansson, M., Oscarsson, J., Serrano, E. (2016). Assessment of a Three-Dimensional Fiber Orientation Model for Timber. Wood and Fiber Science. 48. 271-290.
- Hu, M., Johansson, M., Olsson, A., Oscarsson, J., Enquist, B. (2015). Local variation of modulus of elasticity in timber determined on the basis of non-contact deformation measurement and scanned fibre orientation. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. 73. 17-27.
Conference paper (Refereed)
- Hu, M., Briggert, A., Olsson, A., Johansson, M., Oscarsson, J., et al. (2016). Three dimensional growth layer geometry and fibre orientation around knots : a laboratory investigation. Proceedings of WCTE 2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering.
- Briggert, A., Hu, M., Olsson, A., Oscarsson, J. (2016). Evaluation of three dimensional fibre orientation in Norway spruce using a laboratory laser scanner. WCTE 2016 : World Conference on Timber Engineering.
- Hu, M., Olsson, A., Johansson, M., Oscarsson, J. (2015). An Application of 3D Fiber Angles Identified through Laser Scanning Based on Tracheid Effect. .
- Hu, M., Johansson, M., Olsson, A., Enquist, B. (2013). Comparison of local variation of modulus of elasticity determined on basis of scanned fiber angles and full strain field measurements. The 18th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium.
- Hu, M., Johansson, M., Olsson, A., Bengtsson, C., Brandt, A. (2011). Grading of sawn timber using the vibration technique : locating imperfections based on flexural mode shapes. 17th international nondestructive testing and evaluation of wood symposium. 269-276.
Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
- Hu, M. (2018). Studies of the fibre direction and local bending stiffness of Norway spruce timber : for application on machine strength grading. Doctoral Thesis. Växjö, Linnaeus University Press.
Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
- Hu, M. (2014). Local variation in bending stiffness in structural timber of Norway spruce : for the purpose of strength grading. Licentiate Thesis. Linnaeus University, Department of Building Technology. 67.