Alain Nussbaumer

GC B3 495 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

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GC B3 495 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

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

Design Together ENAC

PhD Programs

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

Introduction to the design of road bridges focused on steel-concrete composite, reinforced and prestressed concrete road bridges. This course deals with the bridge design criteria, construction technique, the material and applications of the design principles to different situations.

Steel structures

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

Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue of Structures

Determination of stress intensity factors and application of fracture mechanics to structures made of different materials.Ability to apply fracture mechanics to predict brittle fracture compute fatigue life of structural elements.Understanding of the influencing parameters methods to determine them

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.