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I received my basic training at Luleå University of Technology - the northernmost university in Sweden. After graduating with a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering in February 1997, I moved to Linköping to become as a Flight Test Engineer at Saab Technologies. For three years I partook in the testing of the Swedish multi-role fighter Saab Gripen, a very interesting but intense work. The next step in my career was in June 2000 when I left Saab to become a PhD student in Engineering Mechanics at Linköping University. The topic of my research was continuum mechanical modelling of human arteries and noninoninvasive material identification from clinical data. Five years of toil and sweat came to an end in June 2005 when I defended my thesis Arterial mechanics - Noninvasive Identification of Material Parameters and Residual Stress. After my PhD studies, I stayed on at Linköping University and was employed by the Division of Mechanics, first as an Associate and later as an Assistant Professor. The Division of Mechanics and the Division of Solid Mechanics merged in July 2014, and since then I have a position as Associate Professor in Solid Mechanics.


My research concerns mathematical modelling of the cardiovascular system and I am currently running or am involved in the following projects:

  • A continuum mechanical framework for smooth muscle contraction. The aim of this project is to model the whole excitation-contraction process governing smooth muscle contraction using an integrated approach based on fundamental relations in continuum mechanics and thermodynamics. For more information see the papers by Sharifimajd and Stålhand (2013, 2014) and Sharifimajd et al. (2015).
  • Identification of constitutive parameters in arteries. This is a new project launched in January 2015 and it is aiming at identifying parameters describing the nonlinear mechanical state in human arteries from clinical pressure – diameter registrations. In contrast to previous studies, the model will not only include the contribution from passive constituents, but also from the smooth muscles.
  • Mechanical parameters of the vascular wall – an experimental study on the arterial system in man. This projects uses a novel nonlinear mathematical model together with a nonlinear parameter identification to characterize mechanical properties of human arteries. The aim is to study the influence of age and sex on the parameter distribution. For more information see Stålhand (2009) and Åstrand et al. (2011).


I am currently the examiner for the advanced courses TMMS07 Biomechanics and TMPM01 Project Course in Mechanical Engineering. In addition I also teach basic courses in engineering statics, engineering dynamics, and occupational biomechanics. From 2015 I am a member of the Programme Plan Committee for the Mechanical Engineering Programme.

Selected References

Sharifimajd B., Thore C.-J., Stålhand J. A Multidisciplinary Model to Simulate Uterine Contraction. Submitted to Biomechan. Model. Mechanobiol.

Sharifimajd B., Stålhand J. (2014) A continuum model for excitation–contraction of smooth muscle under finite deformations. J. Theor. Biol. 355: 1-9

Sharifimajd B., Stålhand J. (2013) A Continuum model for skeletal muscle contraction at homogeneous finite deformations. Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol. 12: 965-973

Stålhand J. (2009) Determination of arterial wall parameters from clinical data. Biomechan. Model. Mechanobiol. 8: 141-148

Åstrand H., Stålhand J., Karlsson J., Karlsson M., Sonesson B., Länne T. (2011) In vivo estimation of the contribution of elastin and collagen to the mechanical properties in the human abdominal aorta - effect of age and gender. J. Appl. Physiol. 110: 176-184

Jonas Stålhand
Senior Lecturer, PhD, Docent

Div Solid Mechanics
Dept of Management and Engineering
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden

+46 13 281712 (office phone)

Building A, room 3A:982
Campus Valla

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Last updated: 2015-03-10