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Published: 10 January 2012

Here you will find information on what departments within CASTT can offer the winter test entrepreneurs and their customers.

Distributed collaboration

Research Subject Computer Aided Design

With a background in computer-aided calculation methods, the division now has a research profile that supports “global simulation-driven product development”. Our research areas are:
- Modelling and simulation
- Distributed engineering
- Product development


Global Simulation-driven Product Development

For an industrial company to be able to compete and do business in a climate that is characterized by constantly new demands, new business models must be developed on an ongoing basis. To meet these needs, the division is constantly improving the product development methodology so that it is well adapted for the future business climate and fits well with future business models. 

Since the start, modelling and simulation have been the foundation of the division’s research strategy. Initially, research consisted of modelling and simulation to predict the status or condition of different products. This includes, among other things, simulation of manufacturing and function, as well as integration of data between different systems to enable management of subsequent processes. To be able to pursue product development to a greater degree with the aid of simulation models, simulation-driven design has also been included in the research strategy. Here, modelling and simulation are used to drive new solutions rather than to verify existing ones.

This approach creates a need to be able to work in a distributed global environment in which suppliers, subcontractors, clients, etc., with different nationalities, backgrounds and capabilities participate in different phases of a project. This requires support in terms of technology and working methods, both of which are also an important part of the division’s research strategy.


Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

We are one of the university’s engineering education departments, providing education and conducting research in the field of “Computers in Physical Systems”.

GNSS laboratory

Comprising of one professor (Dr. Dennis M. Akos) and two Ph.D. students, the Positioning Division within EISLAB are building a state of the art GNSS laboratory.

With the lab and our knowledge, we

  • Possess world renowned expertise in the field of software GPS receivers, and detailed knowledge about satellite navigation in general.
  • Are open to discuss new ideas and possibilities regarding space based navigation from a technical perspective
  • Are equipped for extremely precise positioning campaigns (Differential GPS receivers & tactical grade IMU & postprocessing software), offering cm type positioning and outstanding altitude accuracy.
  • Are preparing a purchase of a multi channel GPS simulator, enabling testing and verification of receivers under complex scenarios.

EMC center

EMC Center of Luleå University of Technology, 070-5507062.

The EMC Center of Luleå University is a test lab designed for testing Electro-Magnetic

Compatibility of electrical equipment, intended for the European Market.

This means that there is instrumentation for characterizing radiated electric and magnetic fields with reference to frequency and magnitude. Any apparatus can also be tested for the level of immunity against disturbing electric and magnetic fields, and incoming noise on cables.

In addition to standard instrumentation for EMC testing, there is also equipment for measuring electric and magnetic fields of both very low and very high frequencies. Eg. we have a four channel, 2.5 GHz, 20 GS/s oscilloscope for recording both rare fast transients, and continuous signals. When measuring antenna performance, a 4GHz vector network analyser is the base instrument, but it can also be used for measuring eg. shielding effects of a windscreen, (Useful knowledge when applied to mobile phone frequencies, GPS- and FM signals).

Logging of measured data, together with GPS positions can be made in a running car, or on a train, by means of multichannel data acquisition cards and computers. As an option data can be transmitted on the run using the mobile telephone network.

Welcome to visit us and discuss your measuring agenda.

Application Specific Integrated Circuit

Size, cost and power consumption of modern electronics are constantly reduced. This development is lead by the progress made within the area of Integrated Circuit (IC) design. The microelectronics group at EISLAB has through the training network Europractice ( the possibility to take part in, and advance, the ongoing development in this area.

The membership in Europractice gives EISLAB access to design software and production capacity for IC design. The software is bought from Europractice and installed and managed locally at EISLAB. Thus, the whole design process ranging from schematic level simulation to chip layout can be performed. When a design is complete, it is sent for manufacturing in a European foundry. The manufacturing process is coordinated by Europractice, which allows several different designs from different participators to be placed on the same silicon wafer. This leads to the possibility to manufacture prototype and small volume Application Specific IC (ASIC) at relatively low prices.

The available tools and processes allow EISLAB to handle the complete range of ASIC design targets and requirements. Analog designs such as amplifiers or analog-to-digital converters can be built stand alone or combined with complex digital logic on the same chip. High voltage processes that handle up to 80 V are also available for special applications, e.g. within the car industry.

The ASIC design cycle is fairly long, normally 6 – 12 months for a non-complex design. This makes ASIC design most suited for use in mid- to long-term projects and cooperation. At present, several projects are running at EISLAB where ASIC design is involved. These projects also involve cooperation with internationally leading ASIC research partners, such as the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and Oulu University in Finland.

Snow and ice

Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural resources engineering

Head of the department is Göran Westerström.

The Department has a staff of about 350 persons working with education and research. About half of them are employed graduates students working for their doctoral degrees.

The Department was established on January 1st, 2004, by merging the former Department of Civil and Mining Engineering with the Department of Environmental Engineering. The Department has its roots back to 1972.

The research at the department of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering at Luleå University of Technology aims to a sustainable society with reliable constructions, smart organisations and effective methods of production.

Cooperation with industry and society characterizes our research.

At the department of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering we have several research disciplines/postgraduate studies disciplines. We are organized in research groups, gathered i 5 divisions.

We have two laboratorys, Complab and Biolab.

Radical Innovation Process

Research Subject Functional Product Development

Research, education and cooperation with Engineering Product Development as platform.

The division aspires to, through research, education, and cooperation, meet product developing companies’ needs to support and improve engineering design, with emphasis on life cycle development; Functional Products, or Product Service Systems.

Engineering Product Development of life-cycle commitments create new problems for the product development companies and via focus on:
- Functional Product Development (FPD)
- Knowledge Enabled Engineering (KEE)
- Team Based Innovation (TBI)
within Engineering Product Development we aim to be a strategic partner for companies that want to improve their ways of working to better meet future demands on product development.


To continually improve the opportunities for successful collaboration in global design teams is a challenge. Our research in this area has rendered a specialist knowledge in how to set-up these physical environments together with knowledge on how to support with methods and tools. Rapid transitions between co-located and distributed work, individual and group work, and listening and acting require that the supporting tools and technologies as well as the surrounding physical environment offer the capability to support creative teamwork without disruption.

Methods and tools

At the division we have access to both in-house developed tools and methods as well as externally developed resources, all available for researchers and students that we collaborate with. We use these methods and tools in our daily research and education work.


Division of Machine Elements

This division is working on machine elements, e.g. components in all kinds of machines. Examples of these components are gears, brakes, clutches, screws, etc. The research on the division is mainly concentrated to Tribology, which is the science of wear, friction and lubrication.
There are many research projects, from separation systems for satellites (see picture) via drive trains in vehicles, bearings in water power turbines to roller oils and compressors for air conditioners.

Some of the research projects on the division of machine elements is:
- Textured surface tribology
- Environmental adapted lubricants
- Optimized wet clutches
- Service life of AC compressors
- Elastomer friction

Characterisation of surfaces are important in many of these research projects.


TRIBOLAB carries out commissioned projects and joint research and development projects, and holds courses and seminars in tribology, rheology, and maintenance and condition control.

  • specifies and carries out relevant measurements.
  • carries out fast, accurate measurement assignments with unique equipment based on international requirements.
  • can manage all a company’s tribological testing through outsourcing.
  • raises the level of knowledge through interaction between companies and the university’s research activities.

Assignments subject to secrecy are planned and carried out and the results
communicated to the client company. Experience gained from non-secret assignments is disseminated through our website, seminars, papers, and courses. The experience we gain is also applied in research and basic education at both universities.

TRIBOLAB also provides access to a network between companies and colleges/universities, which in turn gives greater knowledge, contact with companies with similar problems and the possibility to design major joint projects.

Sound and Vibration

Research subject Technical Acoustics

The division has been working with sound and vibration in various applications since the mid-1970s. Activities are carried on in the form of research, teaching, and commissioned research. The division combines theory with experiments, with the emphasis on experimental methods. Research is based on consideration for human prerequisites and limitations and on interaction with companies and institutes. The division has world-class measurement equipment and laboratories, where an anechoic chamber, an engine laboratory for noise and exhaust emission measurement, a reverberation chamber, and a building acoustics laboratory can be mentioned in particular. Basic education is given within the frame work of Arena Media Music & Technology, the Industrial Design Engineering and Architecture programmes, the Sound Designer programme, and as optional courses.