News: Archive 2011
02.05.2011 Wood can be used, for example, to clad an unattractive old stone house. As a construction material, wood is energy efficient, and it can be used, for example, to make a hut that can withstand cold weather, termites and a hurricane.
02.05.2011 How does it stay up there? A group of students is staring at a white curved surface along which a small blue ball is travelling towards the peak of the arch managing to come to a halt at exactly the highest point.
02.05.2011 BES (Built Environment Research Group) researchers Liisa Lehtiranta, Sami Kärnä and Juha-Matti Junnonen received the award for Best Paper within the scope of the journal Construction Management and Economics (CM&E) at the 6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation in Copenhagen, Denmark.
11.05.2011 The Masters of Arts festival (MoA) is a meeting place presenting the thesis projects of new graduates and offering interesting events and seminars, as well as a showcase for Aalto University. For the first time the exhibition also includes theses by students of business and technology.
14.05.2011 The Combustion Engine Research Group at Aalto University, has put the performance values of combustion engines to a new extreme level. The research group was able to reach 30 MPa cylinder pressure with the unique medium-speed research engine EVE (Extreme Value Engine)on 20th of April 2011.
16.05.2011 Global prosperity and well-being are threatened by rapid growth in the world’s population. - In order to ensure that the poorest people in the world have at least reasonable living conditions, we should slow population growth. This would also have an impact on climate change, says Professor Kauko Viitanen, Head of the Department of Surveying.
01.06.2011 The TES Energy Facade timber construction research project was announced winner of the Deutscher Holzbaupreis 2011 award on Tuesday 31 May 2011. The project carried out jointly by Aalto University, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) took first place in the “Komponenten / Konzepte” category.
21.06.2011 An international research team has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years and have shown a consistent link between changes in global mean surface temperature and sea level.
22.06.2011 Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for 7 postdoctoral research positions. The areas of the post-doctoral research should fall within the fields covered by the departments at the School of Engineering (see http://eng.aalto.fi/en).
25.08.2011 The development of steel grades has become significantly faster due to a computationally efficient new simulation programme called SteelConverterSimulator. The new steel converter model saves energy, time, raw materials and the environment. The model is a powerful tool due to its solid physical basis and its sufficient simplicity. Simulation tools of this kind have not been released anywhere else in the world.
28.08.2011 Every year, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki organise a joint project course where students build a field robot from scratch. The robot built on the latest course won first prize at a field robot contest in Denmark this summer. Twelve student teams from all over Europe participated in the competition. “The key to success was that our students performed each phase thoroughly and meticulously,” says Timo Oksanen, one of the instructors of the course from the Department of Automation and Systems Technology.
09.09.2011 University President Tuula Teeri has appointed Professor Risto Lahdelma Vice Dean of the Aalto University School of Engineering for the period of 1 September 2011 to 31 December 2012. Lahdelma’s area of responsibility will be research and research infrastructure at the school. At the same time, Professor Juha Paavola’s term of office as Vice Dean of the School of Engineering was extended until 31 December 2012. Paavola’s areas of responsibility are basic education and quality.
A paper dealing with soft sensors receives an honourable mention from a congress on automation and process control
29.09.2011 A paper concerned with soft (virtual) sensors, “Estimating nitrate concentration in the post-denitrification unit of a municipal wastewater treatment”, has received an honourable mention in an international congress on automation and process control. The honourable mention in the Best Applications Paper Price series was awarded to five finalists from among 2 400 accepted articles.
03.10.2011 - Finland has a car-dependent urban structure, stated Professor Raine Mäntysalo at the fifth Sino-Finnish Innovation Forum held at Dipoli in late September. - But does that necessarily have to translate into a dependency on oil? he immediately adds. In his speech, Mäntysalo addressed how innovative cities recognise their dependency on oil and how to eliminate it, so that they can truly represent sustainable development free from carbon dioxide emissions.
10.10.2011 Industrial companies do not always invest in energy efficiency even though it would bring economic benefits. A doctoral dissertation examined at Aalto University tells why: there are no indicators for energy performance.
16.10.2011 The Academy of Finland has granted funding for a new doctoral program for Energy Efficiency and Systems (EES) during 2012-2015. Improving the energy and material efficiency in communities and industry is technologically feasible and economically feasible way to dramatically reduce the environmental impacts. The EES program educates researchers and experts for the needs of universities, industry and authorities.
20.10.2011 The Graduate Program of Engineering Mechanics is jointly offered by Aalto University, University of Jyväskylä, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Oulu and Tampere University of Technology. The graduate program provides up to four-year funding for doctoral studies on the basis of an applicant's Master's degree in engineering mechanics or a closely related field.
24.10.2011 Ilmasto-opas.fi, a new website bringing together climate information under one address, was opened in October. The website provides information about the Finnish climate and climate change, analysed down to individual regions. The Swedish and English versions of the site will be launched later this year.
01.11.2011 Aalto University's researcher Jani Romanoff developed a lightweight ship deck structure. Rigid, foam-filled steel panel lightens the ship, and lowers its centre of gravity.
Professor Sanna Syri and researcher Sirkku Juhola appointed as experts on the Ministry of the Environment climate panel
07.12.2011 Professor Sanna Syri from the Department of Energy Technology and researcher Sirkku Juhola from the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies have been nominated as members of the national climate panel appointed by the Ministry of the Environment. The panel aims at promoting dialogue between science and politics in climate issues.
19.12.2011 Researcher Ahti Oinonen at Aalto University in his dissertation developed design tools for adhesively reinforced friction joint, a competitor for welding.
27.12.2011 The article by Aalto University researcher Jukka Heinonen and Professor Seppo Junnila, Implications of urban structure on carbon consumption in metropolitan areas, was chosen the Best Article in 2011 of Environmental Research Letters.