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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


Wilhelm Åberg är ny doktorand inom gruv- och berganläggningsteknik vid Luleå tekniska universitet.
"I will study the forces that affect grouting when tunneling"

Wilhelm Åberg is a new doctoral student in Mining and Rock Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

Photo: Privat
Student trip to Aitik Copper Mine

This year's students in the course Applied blasting had the opportunity to visit Aitik mine owned by Boliden. They had the opportunity to see the mining operation, benches and the emulsion factory run by FORCIT Explosives.

David Saiang, Tobias Bauer och Daniel Johansson Photo: Richard Renberg
From geology to mine design

In an interdisciplinary workshop, researchers from different research topics and company representatives met to discuss mining from different perspectives. Over 40 people participated online.


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.

International Journal of Mining and Geo-Engineering, Vol. 56, nr. 1, s. 53-60
Article in journal
Skawina. B, Salama. A, Gunillasson. J, Strömsten. M, Wettainen. T
Mining, Vol. 2, nr. 2, s. 186-196
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Vol. 39, nr. 2, s. 239-239
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