The laboratories at the Department of the Built Environment are of international standard and are used for research, in teaching and for consultancy jobs. With our state-of-the-art measurement equipment, we can measure systems and phenomena under completely controlled conditions. The experimental approach to the research is characteristic to a number of the engineering disciplines with which we work. We offer companies help to study specific problems and to collaborate on research and innovation. The department have laboratories for ocean and coastal engineering, environmental hydraulics, indoor climate, geotechnical engineering, concrete, building materials, structures and traffic data. In our workshop, we can produce prototypes and measurement equipment ourselves for the laboratories and for field research. In addition to the laboratories at the department, we also have a number of off-site research facilities across the country that are also a part of our research and teaching.
About our laboratories
Measurement and study of basic properties of concrete constituent materials and fresh, hardening and hardened concrete.
Energy and Indoor Environment of Buildings
We research within the development of new materials and building elements for lowenergy and sustainable building, new ventilation systems and the knowledge about airflows in buildings and intelligent facade solutions. We also study indoor environment and health in buildings.
We test new building materials and study how construction elements behave under various loads, and use the results afterwards in the design of structures. We perform measurements by fatigue tests, fracture mechanics, static and dynamic loads and more.
Geotechnical classification experiments, consolidation and triaxial experiments, test setup with pressure tank for offshore measurements, experiments with bucket foundations and monopiles, geological classification.
Ocean and Coastal Engineering
We research in waves and hydrodynamic modelling with specific focus on wave energy, offshore wind turbines and coastal engineering.
IT in Buildings
We support research and teaching in the use of information technology and the building processes. We have a range of software for modelling, coordination and analysis of e.g. the building installations, location-based planning and construction and showing of models in Virtual Reality. We also have Virtual and Augmentet Reality equipment.
Our state-of-the-art equipment is used for analysis of environment samples and for quantification of heavy metals and xenobiotic organic connections in complex matrices. We analyse e.g. the chemical composition of gas samples, of pollutants in water, soil and sediment samples and of various building materials such as concrete and mortar.
Our microplastics laboratory is equipped with two µFTIR imaging systems, an ATR-FTIR, a pyrolysis-GC-MS system, single particle ICP MS and various other instruments needed for microplastics analysis. The equipment provides the fastest scanning of microplastic available today, as well as the highest resolution currently attainable by FTIR technology. This infrastructure positions our lab amongst the world’s largest laboratories for analyzing microplastic in environmental matrixes.
The Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory
In the Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory, we can study stationary and non-stationary flows. In the 15 meters long tiltning flume, we can control both the slope and flow. In the recirculation flume, we can study both flows and particle behavior. In the laboratory, we have state-of-the-art measurement equipment such as LDA to measure flows.
The laboratory includes measurement equipment and special programmes for collecting and processing of traffic data. Among other things, we have video cameras with hard drives and power supply, which enables long-term recordings of traffic flow, a radar used for 3-dimensional detection of traffic flow, portable magnetic traffic counters for vehicle counts and speed measurements at specific locations and computers with special software suitable for processing a large traffic data quantity.
Weather and Climate Observatory
At the weather and climate observatory, we measure the climate – especially precipitation. The observatory has two X-band dual-pole weather radars; one in St. Restrup and one at Thomas Manns Vej, which each has a measurement range of 50 km. In addition, we have a number of laser disdrometers that can measure and classify the precipitation according to its physical state (snow, sleet, hail, rain, etc.) as well as drop size and speed. There are also a number of traditional tipping bucket rain gauges and 2 climate stations.
The Virtual Flow Laboratory
The Virtual Flow Laboratory consists of 35 individual workstations with 140 cores in total, which each can be used individually or together in a cluster, and is used to simulate flows in water and air. We calculate e.g. how combined sewer overflow works and how this can be improved and simulate e.g. wind movements through a city in order to evaluate the local wind climate around tall buildings.
Off-site Research Facilities for Water and Environment
The sewer research station (Frejlev), the Stormwater research detention ponds (Låsby), the SUDS and stormwater detention research facility (Sønder Tranders), Aalborg Weather Radar (St. Restrup), the BEWARE facility in Aalborg for research of urban runoff from impermeable surfaces, Field stations for research on runoff from permeable surfaces (Lystrup)
Contact / head of laboratories
If you would like to learn more about our laboratories, please contact our head of laboratories Per Knudsen.