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Mårten Olsson

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Mårten Olsson graduated as MSc in Engineering Physics 1989, PhD 1994 with habilitation 1999. He was a PhD student 1989-1994, project employee 1994-95, assistant professor 1995-97, associate professor 1997-2006, full professor from 2006.

Olsson is holder of the Sverker Sjoström´s chair of Reliable Structures affiliated to the unit of Solid Mechanics. The chair is funded by Scania CV AB, today a part of TRATON*.

Olsson has been principal or co- advisor for 14 PhD students, who have obtained a doctorate, 2 who have obtained a licentiate degree, and for 5 who have not yet passed a degree. Olsson has published more than 60 articles in scientific journals and reviewed conference proceedings.

Olsson has been a teacher for more than 30 years - in basic courses, advanced courses, doctoral courses and tailor-made industrial courses. The duties have been as a teaching assistant, lecturer, guest lecturer, laboratory assistant, course manager and course developer. He has been Director of PhD-studies in the Solid Mechanics department, Director of undergraduate studies in the Solid Mechanics department, Responsible for Specialization/profile/track in Solid Mechanics, Program Director for the combined 5-years BSc+MSc program in Engineering Physics, Head of the department of Solid Mechanics. He is now Head of the unit Solid Mechanics.

Olsson's research aims at developing methods based on solid mechanics that are applicable in product development work. Using advanced material description, reliability and robustness can be built into products early in the design process, which potentially gives them superior performance. The research is about "all" aspects of reliable structures.

- load estimation

- physically based design methods, especially for multiaxial fatigue

- methods for computation of the probability of failure of structures

- methods for optimization of structures subject to an allowed probability of failure

Lately, he has also done research on fatigue properties of 3D-printed metals.


* The professorship is named after Scania´s legendary head of R&D who, among other achievements, introduced Scania´s modular system for configurational design of trucks. Sjostrom has a PhD on fatigue from the Department of Solid Mechanics at KTH.



Degree Project in Solid Mechanics, Second Cycle (SE202X), examiner | Course web

Dynamic Problems in Solid Mechanics (SE2134), examiner | Course web

Failure of Materials (FSE3141), examiner | Course web

Fatigue (SE2137), examiner, course responsible | Course web

Reliability, Optimization and Design (SE2145), examiner, course responsible, teacher | Course web

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