Metal and Lightweight Structures

Faculty or school: Faculty of Built Environment

The research group works on development and analysis of design methods, advanced systems and innovative concepts in high performance steel, timber and hybrid structures. The research focuses on structural analysis, design and optimization at the ambient and elevated temperatures. Our expertise also covers structural mechanics and experimental and numerical studies in the area of building acoustics, vibrations and structural fire resistance.

Research focus and goals

Our goal is to develop and advance the use of more efficient design methods and more sustainable structural solutions in close co-operation with other research groups and industry. We have a strong teaching focus and it is important for us to quickly implement new research results into education. The group is actively involved in European standardization and development of steel structures and fire safety in buildings.

Key research areas include:

  • High strength steels
  • Optimization and automation of structural design
  • Stability and vibration of steel and timber structures
  • Steel joint analysis and design at ambient and elevated temperatures
  • Fire safety design in buildings
  • Response of structures to fire
  • Accredited fire testing

Learn more about the research:

Research at the ambient temperature

Fire research and accredited fire testing  

Contact persons

Mikko Malaska


mikko.malaska [at]

+358 50 301 5658


Kristo Mela

Assistant Professor (tenure track)

kristo.mela [at]

+358 40 849 0563


Sami Pajunen

Associate Professor (tenure track)

sami.pajunen [at]

+358 40 849 0571