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Staf of the Department of Bridges and Special Structures
Head of Department - prof. habil. dr. Gintaris Kaklauskas
 
Professors:
•    Prof. dr. Algirdas Juozapaitis
•    Doc. dr. Darius Bačinskas
 
Associate Professors:
•    Doc. dr. Donatas Jatulis
•    Dr. Viktor Gribniak
•    Dr. Ieva Misiūnaitė
•    Dr. Darius Ulbinas
•    Dr. Eugenijus Gudonis

Lectors:
•    Dr. Ronaldas Jakubovskis
•    Giedrė Sandovič
•    Adas Meškėnas
•    Vytautas Tamulėnas
•    Arvydas Rimkus
 
PhD students:
•    Mantas Juknys
•    Vaidotas Gelažius
•    Tomas Merkevičius
•    Arvydas Rimkus
•    Vytautas Tamulėnas
•    Rūta Jakštaitė
•    Deividas Rumšys
•    Sigutė Žilėnaitė
 
Manegers of the department Rūta Jakštaitė and Ieva Ubartė.
History of the Department of Bridges and Special Structures
In order to prepare the transport and energy structures design and construction specialists, in the 1997 Energy and Transport Construction (ETC) studies has been initiated in Faculty of Civil Engineering. In 2001, the first bachelors of transport structure specialization were graduated and in autumn the first Bridges and Viaducts Master studies has been initiated. The preparation of above mentioned specialists and scientific research in the field of bridges coordinate The Bridges and Special Structures Department, which was founded in 2001 summer. Rather, the Department was restored, because in 1922 the Lithuanian University (later Vytautas Magnus) was founded, in which Bridge Department has been established, but in 1940 it (Bridge Department) was closed.
Preparation of Bachelors of Civil Engineering according studies program: Transport and Special Structures (transport and energy structures, preparation of designers and builders of industrial and agricultural structures) and preparation of Masters of Science according studies program: Bridges and ViaductsSpecial Structures. Transport and special structures programs students are preparing as a broad-scoped builders. They are studying not only the special transport, energy, industry, farm buildings, but residential and public buildings, and therefore easily integrated in various design and construction organizations. Department staffs have been involved in the preparation of Road and Railway Bachelors of Faculty of Environmental Engineering, and also supervise postgraduate students.
Partners of the Department of Bridges and Special Structures
In recent years, active cooperation and preparation of common publications with these world-class scientists:
  • Prof. H. A. Mang – The Vienna University of Technology (Austria), 2004-2008 m. the president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Cooperation in the field of numerical modelling of reinforced concrete structures.
  • Prof. K. Holchemacher – Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Cooperation in the field of experimental investigation of steel fibre reinforced concrete structures.
  • Prof. L. Torres –University of Gerona (Spain). Cooperation in the field of experimental investigation of concrete structures reinforced with non-metallic bars.
  • Dr. V. Červenka – Director and owner of the company Cervenka Consulting (Czech Republic). The author of one of the two most widely applied non-linear finite element software ATENA for the modelling of reinforced concrete. Cooperation in the field of numerical modelling of reinforced concrete structures.
Equipment of the Department of Bridges and Special Structures
Nonlinear finite element computer program ATENA for building materials is available in our Department. This program can evaluate non-linear properties of the most widely applicable building construction materials of steel and concrete: cracking, creep, shrinkage, steel and concrete interaction and etc.
Department dispose Brüel & Kjær Pulse LAN-XI system for measuring vibrations of modern building structures. This system allows to perform vibration shapes of building and structure and experimental studies on dynamic characteristics (frequency, acceleration, displacement, etc.).
Digital data capture system are used for laboratory tests on displacements and deformations of the structures, which allows experimentally to determine the load and displacement / strain relationship from the load cells start till collapse of the element.
200 mm base DEMEC digital gauge are used for monitoring of long-term deformation change (e.g., concrete shrinkage strain).
Department dispose PUNDIT ultrasonic device, which can be applied for experimental investigation of mechanical properties of steel and concrete and damages of structure.