Born July 14, 1941 in Copenhagen.
Languages: Danish and American English.
1965 M.Sc., Technical University of Denmark.
1970 Ph.D., Technical University of Denmark.
1991 Doctor Technices, Technical University of Denmark.
Jobs and Experience
1965–67 National Service in the Civil Defense Corps. Officer.
1965–98 At the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Structural Engineering. 1965–67: Part-time Assistant Professor, 1967–69 Ph.D.-student, 1969–98: Associate Professor.
1975–76 Honorary Research Fellow at Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1985 Visiting Professor at Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics,
The University of Texas at Austin.
1998– Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University. Since 2007 Professor
Examples of Professional Activities
1971–75 Member of the Board of Danish Society for Structural Science and Engineering.
1989–96 Chairman of the Faculty Council for Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark.
1977–2007 Member of the Scientific Council of Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Me-chanics (DCAMM), with a break 1999–2000.
2002–06 Head of Department, Department of Building Technology and Structural Engineering,
Selected Scientific Publications
[S–1] Esben Byskov, “The calculation of Stress Intensity Factors Using the Finite Element
Method with Cracked Elements,” International Journal of Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 6,
No. 2 (1970), pp. 159–167.
This paper is one of 16 out of approximately 800 that were chosen for reprinting in 20 thYear Reprint Issue af International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 26 (1984), pp. 329–337.
[S–2] Esben Byskov & JohnW. Hutchinson, “Mode Interaction in Axially Stiffened Cylindrical
Shells,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 15, No. 7 (1977), pp. 941–948.
[S–3] Esben Byskov, “Imperfection Sensitivity of Elastic-Plastic Truss Columns,”AIAA Jour-
nal , Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 263–267, 1982.
[S–4] Esben Byskov, “Plastic Symmetry of Roorda’s Frame,” Journal of Structural Mechanics,
Vol. 10, pp. 311–328, 1982.
[S–5] Esben Byskov, “Elastic Buckling Problem with Infinitely Many Local Modes,”Mechanics
of Structures and Machines, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 413–435, 1987–88.
[S–6] Esben Byskov, “Smooth Postbuckling Stresses by a Modified Finite Element Method,”
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 28, pp. 2877–2888,
[S–7] Esben Byskov, Claus Dencker Christensen & Kristian Jørgensen, “Elastic Postbuckling
with Nonlinear Constraints,” Int. J. Solids Structures, Vol. 33, pp. 2417–2436, 1996.
[S–8] Esben Byskov, Jes Christoffersen, Claus Dencker Christensen & Johannes Sand Poulsen,
“Kinkband Formation in Wood and Fiber Composites—Morphology and Analysis,”
Int. J. Solids Structures, Vol. 39, pp. 3649–3673, 2002.
[S–9] William E. Warren & Esben Byskov, “Symmetry Restrictions on Two-Dimensional Ma-
terials,” European Journal of Mechanics—A/Solids, Vol. 21, pp. 779–792, 2002.
[S–10] W.E. Warren & E. Byskov, “A General Solution to some Plane Problems of Micropolar
Elasticity,” Elasticity European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids, Vol. 27, pp. 18–27,
[S–11] C.D. Christensen & E. Byskov, “Advanced Postbuckling and Imperfection Sensitivity of
the Elastic-Plastic Shanley-Hutchinson Model Column,” Journal of Mechanics af Mate-
rials and Structures, Vol. 3, pp. 459–492, 2008.
[S–12] C.D. Christensen & E. Byskov, “An enhanced asymptotic expansion for the stability of
nonlinear elastic structures,” Journal of Mechanics af Materials and Structures, Vol. 5,
pp. 925–961, 2010.
6 Examples of Teaching
1967–75 As a Ph.D.-student Esben Byskov introduced the first Danish course on Brittle Frac-ture Mechanics and Application of Complex Functional Analysis to Plane Problems of Elasticity.
1972–88 In 1972 Esben Byskov established the first Danish course on The Finite Element
In 1972–77 the course was also given for engineers from practice.
In 1975 the course was also given at The University of Reykjavik and at the Icelandic Society of Engineers.
1992–2004 The first Danish course on Advanced Structural Stability, covering postbuckling be-havior and imperfection sensitivity.
1996–2006 Continuum Mechanics.
1985 Structural Stability at University of Texas at Austin.
7 Selected Theses and Books
[B–1] Esben Byskov, Mathematical Theory for Cracks in Brittle Materials (in part in Dan-
ish), Ph.D. Thesis (1970) Department of Structural Engineering, Technical University of
[B–2] Esben Byskov, Selected Buckling Problems, Thesis for the degree of Doctor Technices,
Technical University of Denmark, Department of Structural Engineering, v + 49 pp. (Oc-
[B–3] Esben Byskov, Elementary Continuum Mechanics for Everyone. With Applications to
Structural Mechanics, Solid Mechanics and Its Applications, Vol. 194, Springer. Hard
copy: ISBN 978-94-007-5765-3, eBook: ISBN 978-94-007-5766-0.
8 Awards etc.
1967 Third Prize in the “International Competition on a Permanent Connection Across the
1989 Award from Reinholdt W. Jorck og hustrus fond.