HAMK Tech – Technology for the Future - Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
HAMK Tech – Technology for the Future
Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
Jarmo Havula ja aurinkopaneeli

HAMK Tech – Technology for the Future

Who are we? What do we do?

HAMK Tech Research Unit is specialized in sustainable technology solutions. We focus on research and development within the field of metal and building industry, combining expertise in chemistry, mechanical engineering, construction engineering, electrical and automation engineering as well as energy technology.

We have particularly extensive expertise in the fields of sheet metal technology and steel construction as well as durability of structures and materials. Our core research areas include also design and manufacturing methods and energy efficiency of buildings.

At the society level we aim to promote the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources and increase the well-being of people by the possibilities presented by ecological technology solutions.

We develop design and manufacturing methods that improve and open new possibilities for industry. We also help industry to develop products and energy solutions that reduce the use of natural and other resources. This is our contribution to improved productivity, well-being at work, sustainability and lower emissions.

Who do we work with?

Internationality and international cooperation are in the core of our operations.  There are several nationalities working together in our research unit. We work actively in both national and international research networks, thereby contributing to the long-term development of our field.

We are part of the RUN-EU European University, which aims to build future higher education and promote mobility, as well as to develop in-depth cooperation between network’s universities, regarding for example future and advanced skills-based research.

We collaborate on research also with several other international partners, like Feevale University (Brazil) and VIA University College (Denmark), the strategic partners of HAMK and University of Coimbra (Portugal) to mention some of them.

Few examples of our involvement in international research networks are ICP Materials (International Co-operative Programme on Effects on Materials) and the international Bioadhesion Research Network ENBA. ICP Materials studies the impact of air pollution on materials including historical and cultural heritage monuments. ENBA is a COST Action network that brings together researchers and expertise in biological adhesion across Europe.

Nationally HAMK Tech belongs to the Steel Construction Excellence Center (SCEC), which is a dynamic operating platform in steel construction for technical universities, regional colleges, R&D institutes and enterprises. We also provide commissioned research and development services for public organizations and companies.

Focus of our research

In our international research networks, we make a long-term contribution to the development of the field and bring our expertise to the use of our partners. HAMK Tech will invest significantly in implementing new research openings and expanding the effectiveness of research activities.

In the research entity of HAMK, HAMK Tech’s role is to produce technological solutions for multidisciplinary and transformative science research.

HAMK Tech’s key research areas are materials, design and manufacturing technologies, construction and the energy efficiency of the built environment. Research activities aim at ecologically sustainable solutions, considering the effects on the climate and the circulation of materials.

Our materials research focuses on the mechanical properties of metals and the long-term durability of materials. Our special research areas are forming and joining of metals, additive manufacturing materials and utilization of bio-based materials in coatings. Central to our research activities is considering the environmental impact of materials and increasing the use of bio-based materials in various applications. In sheet metal technology research, we are in the national forefront.

The focus of our design and manufacturing technology research is the development of new design and manufacturing methods. Our research focuses on the application of digital methods in design and manufacturing (optical measurements, virtual and augmented reality), additive manufacturing methods and collaborative robotics. Robotics research focuses mainly on autonomous artificial intelligence robots as well as communication and collaboration between robots.

Our key areas in construction research are load bearing steel structures, especially sheet metal and high-strength steel applications. We focus in particular on new construction solutions, the development of structural design methods and the promotion of the reuse of structures.

Our energy efficiency research focuses on optimizing the energy efficiency of buildings. Our research areas include especially intelligent control and optimization systems for buildings, as well as distributed small-scale energy production and storage. Various applications of measurement technology play an important role in our research activities.



Energy efficiency

Bioeconomy 4.0

  • 1.5.2019-30.4.2021
  • Funding: Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, ELY Center (ESF funding)
  • Project manager: Timo Kärppä


Biopohjaiset pinnoitetut ohutlevytuotteet (Bio-based Colour Coated Steel Sheet Products)

  • 1.12.2018-30.11.2020
  • Funding: Business Finland and companies participating to project
  • Project manager: Johanna Hiljanen

Long term durability

Biohäive – Ultrakevyet häivemateriaalit luonnon raaka-aineista (Ultralight stealth materials from bio-based materials)

  • 1.4.2019-31.12.2020
  • Funding: The Scientific Advisory Board For Defence (MATINE)
  • The project is coordinated by Aalto University, HAMK Tech is a subcontractor
  • Contact person: Päivi Laaksonen

Biopohjaiset pinnoitetut ohutlevytuotteet (Bio-based Colour Coated Steel Sheet Products)

  • 1.12.2018-30.11.2020
  • Funding: Business Finland and companies participating to project
  • Project manager: Johanna Hiljanen

Bioeconomy 4.0

  • 1.1.2019-31.12.2021
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture
  • The project is coordinated by HAMK Bio research unit, HAMK Tech is a supporting partner

BioColour — Bio-based Dyes and Pigments for Colour Palette

  • 1.6.2019-30.9.2022
  • Funding: Academy of Finland
  • The project is coordinated by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS,
  • HAMK is a supporting partner, project manager: Päivi Laaksonen

Carbon 4.0

  • 1.3.2019-31.12.2020
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture
  • The project is coordinated by HAMK Bio research unit, HAMK Tech is a supporting partner

Steel structures

Teräsrakenteiden paloturvallisuussuunnittelun numeeriset analyysimenetelmät, FE-SFS (The numerical methods of analysis for steel structures’ fire safety)

  • 1.1.2019-30.6.2021
  • Funding: Fire Protection Fund
  • Project manager: Zhongcheng Ma


Robo learn

  • 1.8.2019-31.8.2021
  • Funding: Häme Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, ELY Center (ESF funding)
  • Project is coordinated by the City of Riihimäki, HAMK is a supporting partner
  • In cooperation HAMK Smart

Robo Riksu

  • 1.8.2018-31.12.2020
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (ERDF funding)
  • Project is coordinated by the City of Riihimäki, HAMK is a supporting partner
  • In cooperation HAMK Smart

Yhteistyörobotiikka – Robotiikan toinen sukupolvi (Collaborative robotics — the second generation of robotics)

  • 1.8.2019-30.9.2021
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (ERDF funding), City of Hämeenlinna, City of Riihimäki
  • In cooperation HAMK Edu and HAMK Smart

Other projects of the research unit

Rakennusosat ja materiaalit kiertoon – kokeiluilla uutta liiketoimintaa, HYPPY (Structural components and materials into circulation – new business by experimenting)

  • 1.6.2019-31.8.2022
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (ERDF funding)
  • The project is coordinated by Green Net Finland ry, HAMK is a supporting partner  (contact person Markku Raimovaara)


  • 1.9.2018-31.8.2020
  • Funding: Erasmus+
  • Project manager: Jari Komsi

Steel Cladding Systems for Stabilization of Steel Buildings in Fire (StabFi)

  • 7.2017 – 30.6.2020
  • Funding: Research Fund for Coal and Steel
  • The project is coordinated by Tampere University of Technology, HAMK is a supporting partner, the project manager is Zhongcheng Ma

Rakas raskas raksa

  • 9.2018-31.12.2019
  • Funding: The Finnish Work Environment Fund
  • The project is coordinated by Laurea University of Applied Sciences, HAMK is a supporting partner, the project manager is Jari Komsi

LEANistä edistyksellistä kilpailukykyä, LEK (Progressive competitiveness with LEAN)

  • 11.2016-31.12.2019
  • Funding: Häme Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, ELY Center
  • Project manager: Virve Kentta

Multidisciplinary Systems Analytics for Buildings (MSAB)

  • 3.-31.7.2019
  • Funding: Business Finland
  • In cooperation: University of Jyväskylä, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • A co-innovation project Dataa fiksusta rakennuksesta (DAFIRA) is being prepared in co-creation project funded by Business Finland

Maa-aines ja uusiovirtojen tehokas hallinta Forssan seudulla, FORMA (Efficient management of soil and recycled material flow in Forssa area)

  • 9.2018-31.5.2019
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (ERDF funding)
  • Project manager: Markku Raimovaara

Kokeilujen 3D-klubi (The 3D club of experiments)

  • 5.2018-30.4.2019
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (Regional innovations and experimentations funding AIKO)
  • Project manager: Timo Kärppä


  • 4.2018-30.4.2019
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (Regional innovations and experimentations funding AIKO)
  • In cooperation with HAMK Edu research unit
  • Project manager: Tapio Väisänen

Likaisen muovijätteen keräys ja kierto, LiMuKe (Collecting and recycling of soiled plastics waste)

  • 9.2016-31.12.2018
  • Funding: Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (ERDF funding)
  • The project is coordinated by University of Turku, HAMK is a supporting partner, the project manager is Anne-Mari Järvenpää

Pintafotobioreaktori – ratkaisu levänkasvun vähentämiseen ja levän hyötykasvattamiseen (Surfacefotobio reactor – solution for algae growth)

  • 1.-31.12.2018
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (Regional innovations and experimentations funding AIKO)
  • Project manager: Tiina Vuorio

Uutta vetovoimaa energiatehokkaista teräsrakenteista, UVVET (New attraction with energy efficient steel structures)

  • 1.2015-30.6.2018
  • Funding: Regional Council of Häme (ERDF funding)
  • Project manager: Annikki Rosberg

Tarkalla ohjauksella energiatehokkuutta, TOE (Energy efficiency with precise control)

  • 8.2015-31.3.2018
  • Funding: Council of Tampere Region (ERDF funding)
  • Project manager: Susan Heikkilä

DIMECC Breakthrough Steels and Applications (BSA)

  • 2014-2017
  • Project is coordinated by Spinverse Oy

DIMECC Hybrid Materials (HYBRIDS)

  • 2014-2017
  • Project is coordinated by Spinverse Oy



Dhar, Prodyut; Phiri, Josphat; Szilvay, Géza R.; Westerholm-Parvinen, Ann; Maloney, Thaddeus; Laaksonen, Päivi (2020). Genetically engineered protein based nacre-like nanocomposites with superior mechanical and electrochemical performance. Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

Hynnä, Nina; Heikkilä, Susan; Penttilä, Katariina (2020). Mistä on mittausdata tehty? Kreodi.

Jordan, Juha; Laaksonen, Päivi (2020). Ekoluksusta luonnonväriaineista. HAMK Unlimited: Professional.

Jussila, Jari; Torkkel, Juha-Matti; Gautam, Milan; Partanen, Atte (2020). Aalto Design Factory Product Development Project – Lessons Learned. HAMK Unlimited: Professional.

Jyrkäs, Kauko.; Lehtiniemi-Perttu, Päivi (2020). SFS-EN ISO 12944-6 standardissa tapahtuneet muutokset ja niiden vaikutus testitulosten tulkintaan. Teräsrakenne.

Pan, Lei; Christophe, Francois; Mikkonen, Tommi; Li, Zhu; Bhattacharyya, Shuvra S. (2020). Simulating Spiking Neural Networks with Timed Dataflow Graphs. Conference on Artificial Intelligence Circuits and Systems (AICAS).


Dang, Khoa; Trotskii, Igor (2019). Architecture For Automation System Metrics Collection, Visualization and Data Engineering – HAMK Sheet Metal Center Building Automation Case Study. Open Engineering.

Fabrin, Petri; Erälinna, Leena; Nurmio, Juha (2019). Maatalouden muovijätteiden hyödyntäminen. MuoviPlast.

Hähl, Hendrik; Griffo, Alessandra; Safaridehkohneh, Neda; Heppe, Jonas; Backes, Sebastian; Lienemann, Michael; Linder, Markus B.; Santen, Ludger; Laaksonen, Päivi; Jacobs, Karin (2019). Dynamic Assembly of Class II Hydrophobins from T. reesei at the Air–Water Interface. American Chemical Society.

Hansen-Haug, Markus; Dang, Khoa (2019). Verification and improving building energy efficiency during occupation with energy measurement data – Case: Sheet Metal Center industrial hall. Rakennusfysiikka.

Heikkilä, Susan; Mustonen, Lea (2019). Savua ilmassa! Mutta millaiset kaasupitoisuudet savussa on? Promaint.

Hiljanen, Johanna; Oja, Olli (2019). Levytekniikan teemapäivä – Steel Forum 2018 keräsi alan asiantuntijat Seinäjoelle 4.10. Ohutlevy.

Lohtander, Tia; Arola, Suvi; Laaksonen, Päivi (2019). Biomordanting Willow Bark Dye on Cellulosic Materials. Coloration Technology.

Ma, Zhongcheng; Havula, Jarmo; Heinisuo, Markku (2019). Structural fire analysis of simple steel structures by using LS-DYNA explicit solver. Rakenteiden mekaniikka.

Mustonen, Lea; Heikkilä, Susan (2019). Energiaratkaisut voivat vaikuttaa myös kaavoitukseen. Maankäyttö.

Nguyen, Nhung; Nguyen-Ky, Sy (2019). Building performance simulation tool from an engineering training experience. HAMK Unlimited: Professional.

Penttilä, Katariina; Suokannas, Antti; Pölönen, Ilpo (2019). Verification of RFID System Usability in Silage Bale Life Cycle Management. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology A.

Penttilä, Katariina; Suokannas, Antti; Pölönen, Ilpo (2019). Novel technological framework for digitalizing silage bale life cycle management. AXEMA.

Tran, Quoc Bao; Penttilä, Katariina (2019). Digibale – Efficient Silage Bale Lifecycle Management. HAMK Unlimited: Journal.

Tran, Quoc-Bao; Penttilä, Katariina; Pölönen, Ilpo (2019). Machine Vision in Silage Bale Digitalized Management. AXEMA.

Vuorio, Tiina (2019). Uutta puhtia levätutkimukseen – levät pois katoilta? Ohutlevy.


Gebrehiwot, Silas Zewdie; Remes, Heikki; Karttunen, Anssi T (2018). A Stress concentration factor for interacting surface notch and subsurface hole. Rakenteiden mekaniikka.

Havula, Jarmo (2018). Robotista työkaveri? Hämeen Sanomat.

Havula, Jarmo; Garifullin, Marsel; Heinisuo, Markku; Mela, Kristo; Pajunen, Sami (2018). Moment-rotation behavior of welded tubular high strength steel T joint. Engineering structures.

Nguyen, Nhung; Dang, Khoa (2018). Energy simulation and data monitoring tools: Sheet Metal Center. The publication series of Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Smart Cities in Smart Regions.

Nguyen, Nhung; Hilden, Kimmo (2018). A case study with simulation tools for early-stage renovation planning. HAMK Unlimited: Journal.

Raimovaara, Eija; Raimovaara, Markku (2018). Purettavan rakennuksen materiaalit kiertoon. Ympäristö ja Terveys-lehti.

Raimovaara, Markku (2018). Kunnilla iso rooli rakentamisen kiertotalouden edistäjinä. Maankäyttö.

Väisänen, Tapio (2018). Laserin käyttö ohutlevytuotannossa. Hitsaustekniikka.

Vuorio, Tiina; Minkkinen, Ari; Peura, Pasi (2018). Levynmuovauksen teemapäivä – Steel forum 2017. Ohutlevy.


Gomes, N.F.; Flach, M.V.; Vuorio, T.; Jahno, V.D. (2017). Avaliação do intemperismo natural em plásticos pós-consumo reciclados. Congresso Brasileiro de Química – trabalhos aceitos, Congresso Brasileiro de Química.

Marsel Garifullin, Sami Pajunen, Kristo Mela, Markku Heinisuo, Jarmo Havula (2017). Initial in-plane rotational stiffness of welded RHS T joints with axial force in main member. Journal of Constructional Steel Research.

Tiina Vuorio (2017). Materiaalien ulkotestaus Brasiliassa ja Suomessa. HAMK Unlimited: Professional.

Zhongcheng Ma, Jarmo Havula, Markku Heinisuo (2017). Numerical analyses of steel columns stabilized by sandwich panels. Rakenteiden mekaniikka.


Johanna Hiljanen, Tiina Vuorio (2016). Suomen ensimmäinen lähes nollaenergiahalli toimii Ohutlevykeskuksen uusina tiloina. Ohutlevy.

Lassi Martikainen ja Annikki Rosberg (2016). Hämeen menestys on teräksessä. Tahto: Hämeen liiton tiedotuslehti.

Mikko Långvik, Jarmo Havula (2016). Vaurioanalyysi: Putkiprofiilien nurkkien pituussuuntainen halkeaminen. Teräsrakenne.

Tiina Vuorio (2016). Metallien ilmastollinen korroosio Suomessa. Ohutlevy.

Contact information

Jarmo Havula
Director of Research Unit
+358 40 8241 955

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HAMK Tech Research Unit
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