Solid Mechanics was the first division established at LTH, now the technical faculty at Lund University. The first head of the division, Bertam Broberg, was also the first professor at LTH and even dean. He was instrumental in the establishment of the LTH campus.
The Division of Solid Mechanics is part of the Department of Construction Sciences at LTH since 2006.
Research is carried out within the fields of constitutive modeling, computational mechanics, fracture mechanics, biomechanics and structural opimization. Major emphasis is given to constitutive modeling and computational mechanics where a proficient international standard has been achieved. A general approach is adopted where – for instance - the constitutive modeling is based on thermodynamics and this implies that new topics can readily be approached; examples are: phase transformations, magnetic coupling phenomena and smart materials. In recent years, emphasis has been given to large strain plasticity/viscoplasticity, texture development, microstructure mechanics and optimization.
Much of the research is carried out in close cooperation with researchers and groups at leading universities around the world.