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


Teaching & PhD


Civil Engineering

Design Together ENAC

PhD Programs

Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.

Civil engineering teaching unit: Sustainable construction

The conformity of construction with the principles of the sustainable development requires of the engineer and architect multidisciplinary skills. At the end of the course), the students will acquire the theoretical and practical bases to estimate the sustainability of buildings.

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

Fatigue and fracture of structures

All the necessary bases for the determination of stress intensity factors and application of fracture mechanics to structures. Use of fracture mechanics for fatigue and fatigue life curves to design safely structural elements against fatigue. Application to different construction materials.

Living in Mars

(Coursebook not yet approved by the section)