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Mining and Rock Engineering

Mining- and Rock Engineering at Luleå University of Technology has a wide focus area and comprises research activities on fundamental knowledge to applied applications within mining and subsurface engineering. The education and Research in Mining and Rock Engineering at Luleå University of Technology goes back to 1971. In 2011, the Swebrec Competence Center, which focuses on blasting technology, detonation and fragmentation, became part of the subject of rock technology.

The mining and rock engineering subject at Luleå University is globally well known for its R&D activities and innovative solutions to mining problems and has wide international research network spread all over the world. The current research activities are funded and sponsored by EU through Framework research program, Strategic Research grants from the Swedish government, joint industry-government initiatives, and projects from the industry.   

The following research areas are today at focus:

  • Technologies related to operations in mining and underground construction; from unit operations to automation, robotization, mine production optimization, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), and AI/Machine Learning.
  • Rock Mechanics; from fundamental strength and deformations of rock to advanced prediction models and rock support
  • Blast engineering through Swebrec’s research portfolio
  • Mine seismicity
  • Grouting
  • Mine and tunnel ventilation
  • Environmental impacts of mining and extraction activities


Swedish School of Mines

Research, education and infrastructure across the entire value chain of minerals and metals

Franska journalister Photo: Richard Renberg
French journalists visited the university

Today the Luleå University of Technology was visited by journalists from some of France's largest daily newspapers. They were invited to report on the world-unique green initiatives currently being implemented in northern Sweden.


Swebrec is a part of the Division of mining and geotechnical engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural resources engineering.

Complab LTU
MCE laboratory

Luleå University of Technology's largest laboratory with a wide range of activities.

Rock mechanical testing

Shear rigs, Triax vessels and equipment for rock bolt testing.

Part of: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Institute of Physics (IOP), 2023, 012093
Article in journal
Ghorbani. Y, Nwaila. G, Zhang. S, Bourdeau. J, Cánovas. M, Arzua. J, et al.
Resources policy, Vol. 80
Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Vol. 40, nr. 1, s. 405-420
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