Structural Engineering Research Lab

By applying new technologies and advanced materials such as composites and shape memory alloys, we develop in collaboration with national and international universities, research institutes and industrial partners new solutions in the fields of structural strengthening, timber structures and structural dynamics with the goal to improve the safety, serviceability and durability of civil structures. The introduction and implementation of the new solutions in practice is promoted by collaboration with industry partners, teaching at universities and knowledge transfer in symposia.

Within our core competencies, we also provide the industry with high level services. The laboratory is equipped with a large testing hall and several unique testing machines, has skilled personnel with a vast experience in performing large scale static and dynamic laboratory and field tests and holds an ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for static and fatigue tests. It is the only accredited laboratory for large scale tests in Switzerland.

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An electric current passed through two Fe-SMA strips to strengthen a concrete beam, heating them to 160° C and cooling down to room temperature to prestress the Fe-SMA strips.
Prof. Dr. Masoud Motavalli

Prof. Dr. Masoud Motavalli
Head of Laboratory

Phone: +41 58 765 4116


ETH course 101-0167-01L

Fibre Composite Materials
in Structural Engineering

Autumn Semester / 19 Sept to 19 Dec 2018
Wednesday 15-17h, HIL E 7
ETH Hönggerberg Zurich
Download lectures: will follow on schedule


SMT/NDT-CE 2018 Conference and Symposium
NDE/NDT for Structural Materials Technology for Highway and Bridges (SMT) Conference and
the International Symposium on Non-Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering (NDT-CE)
27-29 August 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ/USA
Website: www.asnt.org/smt18

an Open Access Journal by MDPI

Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) for Engineering Applications
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2018
Link see here 
Flyer see here


SMAR 2019 Conference in Potsdam/Germany

Fifth International Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures
27 - 29 August 2019
Venue in Potsdam / Germany
Conference website: www.smar2019.org


SMAR 2017 Conference in Zurich/Switzerland

Fourth Infernational Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures
13 - 15 September 2017
Venue in Zurich / Switzerland
Conference website: www.smar2017.org
SMAR Conference Proceedings see here


SMAR 2015 Conference in Antalya
Third Conference on Smart Monitoring,
Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures
7 - 9 September 2015
Venue in Antalya TR