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Thomas Blanksvärd
Thomas Blanksvärd

Thomas Blanksvärd

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Structural Engineering
Structural and Fire Engineering
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 491642
T2208 Luleå

Personal description

Doctoral thesis in 2009 on the subject of strengthening concrete structures with the use of fibre reinforced polymer systems (FRP) and mineral based bonding agents. After my PhD studies I worked as a product manager for surface protection, repair and upgrading of concrete and floor screeds at Sto Scandavia. Thereafter I returned to academia in late 2011 and part time run my own consultant company all with the focus on structural health monitoring, assessment, repair and upgrading of existing structures. Since 2013 I work as a project manager at Skanska Sverige with projects spanning from R&D projects to assessment, surface protection, repair and upgrading of existing structures.

Research interests

  • Intelligent systems for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
  • Advanced assessment and modelling of existing structures
  • Systems for repair and upgrading the capacity of existing structures
  • Innovative materials such as fibre reinforced polymer, high performance cementitious products
  • Durability and sustainability of existing structures

Professional expertise

  • Design of concrete structures
  • Project management
  • Monitoring techniques
  • Non Destructive Testing
  • Full scale tests and assessment of existing structures
  • Innovative materials for construction

Activities and projects

Membership in professional organisations

  • SIS (Swedish Standards Institute), TK556 – Revision of Eurocode 2
  • SIS (Swedish Standards Institute), TK192 – Revision of SS-EN1504 series (surface protection and repair of concrete)
  • Rilem DUC 234


Article, review/survey

Biochar-Added Cementitious Materials—A Review on Mechanical, Thermal, and Environmental Properties (2021)

Mensah. R, Shanmugam. V, Narayanan. S, Razavi. S, Ulfberg. A, Blanksvärd. T, et al.
Part of: Sustainability
Article in journal

Experimental study of FRP-strengthened concrete beams with corroded reinforcement (2021)

Yang. J, Haghani. R, Blanksvärd. T, Lundgren. K
Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 301
Article in journal

Workflow for Off-Site Bridge Inspection Using Automatic Damage Detection-Case Study of the Pahtajokk Bridge (2021)

Mirzazade. A, Popescu. C, Blanksvärd. T, Täljsten. B
Remote Sensing, Vol. 13, nr. 14
Conference paper

A comparison between laser scanning, photogrammetry and infrared scanning to create 3D digital models of existing concrete bridges (2020)

Popescu. C, Täljsten. B, Blanksvärd. T, Elfgren. L
Part of: 1st IABSE Online Symposium 2020, Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering - History and Challenges, s. 1101-1108, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 2020
Conference paper

Assessment of prestressed concrete bridges - challenges (2020)

Täljsten. B, Paulsson. B, Popescu. C, Bagge. N, Nilforoush. R, Emborg. M, et al.
Part of: IABSE Symposium, Wroclaw 2020, Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges, s. 487-494, International Association For Bridge And Structural Engineering (IABSE), 2020