Alain Nussbaumer

GC B3 495 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
1015 Lausanne

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GC B3 495 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
1015 Lausanne

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Administrative data

Fields of expertise

Metallic structures 
Structural glass 
Fatigue and fracture mechanics 
Assessment of existing structures 
Ultra low cycle


Infoscience publications


Teaching & PhD


Civil Engineering

Projeter ensemble ENAC

PhD co-supervision until 2005:

Andrea Bassetti (n° 2440, 2001), Ann Schumacher (n° 2727, 2003), Senta Christine Haldimann-Sturm (n° 3274, 2005), Scott Walbridge (n° 3330, 2005)


Design of steel structures

This course deals with the fondamental and practical aspects of steel structures design. This includes the design of beams, columns, connections, frames, structural systems and stability problems.

Bridge design and equipment

Introduction to the design and dimensioning of reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges, of steel-concrete composite bridges. This course covers the choice of bridge type, main dimensions of the structural elements, materials, construction method and bridge equipments.

Engineering of existing structures

The engineering of existing structures encompasses the examination of condition and load-carrying capacity, decision criteria, and methods for rehabilitation or strengthening. This course presents the bases necessary for this approach at the level of materials and structural response.

Steel structures

Conceptual and structural design of steel structures, with emphasis on different analysis and design methods concerning connections, fatigue and fire protection.

Living in Mars

This course proposes to students of the 3 ENAC sections (AR,GC,SIE) to design in groups a space habitat on planet Mars. In an interdisciplinary way, they will approach problematics which they will have to analyze, interpret, integrate and represent.