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
F967 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 in journal

3D reconstruction of existing concrete bridges using optical methods (2019)

Popescu. C, Täljsten. B, Blanksvärd. T, Elfgren. L
Structure and Infrastructure Engineering
Article in journal

Local and global behavior of walls with cut-out openings in multi-story reinforced concrete buildings (2019)

Sabau. C, Popescu. C, Bagge. N, Sas. G, Blanksvärd. T, Täljsten. B
Engineering structures, Vol. 187, s. 57-72
Chapter in book

Assessment and Loading to Failure of Three Swedish RC Bridges (2018)

Nilimaa. J, Sabau. C, Bagge. N, Puurula. A, Sas. G, Blanksvärd. T, et al.
Part of: Evaluation of Concrete Bridge Behavior through Load Testing
Article in journal

Axially Loaded RC Walls with Cutout Openings Strengthened with FRCM Composites (2018)

Sabau. C, Popescu. C, Sas. G, Blanksvärd. T, Täljsten. B
Journal of composites for construction, Vol. 22, nr. 6, s. 04018046-1-04018046-16
Conference paper

Bridges tested to failure in Sweden (2018)

Täljsten. B, Blanksvärd. T, Sas. G, Bagge. N, Nilimaa. J, Popescu. C, et al.
Part of: IABSE Conference 2018 – Engineering the Past, to Meet the Needs of the FutureJune 25-27 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018