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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics

Department of Theoretical Mechanics and Strength of Materials

Head of Department, Professor, Dr.  sc.  ing., LAS Academician
Andrejs Krasņikovs

Ķīpsalas iela 6B–427

+371 29426518

Theoretical mechanics and strength of materials form the basis of technical and mechanical design in mechanical engineering, automotive, aviation, shipbuilding, construction and many other sectors of the economy. The academic staff of the department are highly qualified lecturers - scientists with extensive international experience in various sub-sectors of mechanics.

The department has extensive international contacts and close cooperation with the The Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia (MASOC) and the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Among the professors of the department are two correspondent members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and one academician.

The number of foreign students at the department is one of the largest at RTU. The department implements the academic Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral study program «Engineering, Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering», preparing a wide range of mechanical engineers for the needs of Latvian, European and world economies. The practice of the department is to ensure a high-quality study process and to involve practically every student in scientific research.

Specialists working in the department in the field of experimental mechanics of modern composite materials perform their scientific research in the Laboratory of Experimental Mechanics of Materials.

Specialists in the field of mathematical modeling of structures conduct scientific research in the Laboratory of Machine and Mechanism Dynamics.

Specialists in the field of structural and moving object mechanics form the Mechanics Expertise Center.

Specialists in the technological mechanics of fabrics, composites and fibers carry out research in the Biotextile Research laboratory.

The department also has teaching units for the production of materials and mechanical testing of materials and mechanisms.

Scientists of the department in the international project «Development of new types of concrete for the long-term storage and management of hazardous waste (ICONDE)» (project No. EEA-RESEARCH-165) study the development of a new type of concrete for the storage of hazardous waste using oil shale ash as one of the raw materials.

The first international conference «Nuclear energy for Latvia» will be held on 18 May 11:00AM online. The aim of the conference is to promote the awareness of the Latvian public about the role of nuclear energy in achieving Latvia's climate goals and strengthening energy independence. The conference will be attended by world-class energy, nuclear and radiation experts from Latvia and abroad.

The conference is supported by Riga Technical University (RTU).

Register to participate in the conference.